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AtoZdatabases Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: January 2, 2014
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

We are running a trial to AtoZdatabases until January 31st. AtoZdatabases provides access to U.S. businesses (both private and public), people and employment leads. You can use it to find information about known companies and individuals or to compile lists conforming to specified parameters. It competes directly with ReferenceUSA. To take advantage of the trial contact linda.hauck@villanova.edu for the user name and password

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End the Fall Semester Strong by Getting Ready for Spring

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: December 18, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

End the Fall semester on the right foot by being prepared and organized for your Spring semester classes. If you’re assigning your students a research project however big or small, we offer research support with just the right fit.  E-mail (linda.hauck@villanova.edu) me with your research assignment and time line and I’ll be happy to make a class visit, create an online research guide or schedule a help session.  Don’t forget to arrange online course reserves too!

Online Research Guides

These are perfect for limited, well-defined research projects and for classrooms that can’t accommodate direct research instruction.  In them I list the most valuable information sources your students will need, offer tips or videos on how to best use unusual databases, and advice on how to tackle the research problem.

Class Visit

Class presentations can be as long or as short as you wish.  I make every effort to accommodate classes offered anytime or any where.  They are most efficacious when the students know they have a research project on the immediate horizon.  Topics range from literature reviews  to identifying data sources and secondary market research.

Help Sessions

Help sessions scheduled outside of normal class hours or during class work days are a nice way to reinforce on a one to one basis what was covered in a class visit or communicated in a online research guide.  They are best scheduled at an optimum point of need, typically one week before a due date when students urgently need help.  Past topics have included source evaluation, creating citations and finding missing data.

Spring Reserves and Blackboard Scanning

You may drop off materials at your earliest convenience at the circulation desk or submit an online request by visiting http://library.villanova.edu/about/services/requestforms/resform/ .

For additional reserve guidelines go to http://library.villanova.edu/About/Services/CourseReserves/FacultyGuidelines#Electronic

If you have questions, please contact rebecca.whidden@villanova.edu or call 610-519-3848.

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New Business Books

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: November 6, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

elevenrings2 Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

Read Phil Jackson the legendary NBA coach’s memoir.  His story is not only a first person account of historic achievements in NBA history, but also provides intimate insight into how a he relentlessly strove for personal self understanding, built wildly successful teams and motivated difficult personalities to become stellar team players.

 

decisive

Decisive

Ever feel paralyzed by the prospect of making an important decision, or deeply regret a decision made in haste?  This book if for you, but it is not simply a self help book.  It is a book soundly grounded in social science research made accessible by the authors’ wit and engaging writing style.  Reading this book is a decision you ought not to anguish over.

 

lean startupThe Lean Startup

Eric Ries the author is a serial entrepreneur, blogger and and Harvard Business School entrepreneur in residence.  In this book he distills what he’s learned about creating new businesses nimbly under typically rapid fire change conditions.  He describes how to adapt efficacious management tools such as minimum viable product, prototyping, feedback loops, and genchi gembutsu, and abandoning poorly suited tools such as traditional business plans.  A great read for all those VSEC competitors out there!

give and takeGive and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

Adam Grant, Harvard Business School professor and award winning teacher, explores how personality types on a continuum of personal altruism from takers, matchers and givers fair in terms of overall success and in particular arenas such as communication, motivation and collaboration.  Because Grant’s research method is narrative based this is an easy and fun read perfect for when you want to kick back and relax.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What DOES that mean?

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: August 30, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

The beginning of the semester is an exciting time; new classes, novel ideas and newfangled vocabulary.  Using a general 8-30-2013 10-30-21 AMdictionary or search engine to find out what unfamiliar terms mean can be time consuming and frustrating because they don’t included specialized jargon, you have to sift through too many results, or the results may not be reliable enough.

Avoid these annoyances and use a app (formerly called a dictionary) just for business topics compiled by trustworthy sources.  The two that I use most frequently are Investopedia and Campbell R. Harvey’s Hypertextual Finance Glossary.  Investopedia is one of the start-ups of the 1999′s that survived the bubble.  It was founded by two graduate business students that saw the need for expert information.  The dictionary they curated with entries contributed by journalists and practioners and traffic it generated was so robust that in 2007 it was acquired by Forbes and in 2010 sold to ValueClick for about 42 million.  The Harvey’s Financial Glossary has a very different pedigree but was also founded in 1999.  It is the creation of Duke University finance professor Campbell R. Harvey as a teaching aid for his students.

Investopedia is available for Android and iOS and Harvey’s Financial Glossary is available for iOS only.

 

 

 

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Another Restriction to Harvard Business Review Access

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: August 2, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Online use  of Harvard Business Review articles via the Business Source Premier (EBSCOhost) platform has been restricted to private individual use for several years.  The license explicitly excludes use of HBR articles for courses.  All permissions for assigning HBR articles for courses must be sought via Harvard Business Publishing on a case by case or institutional basis.

Harvard Business Publishing will implement additional restrictions on access beginning August 1, 2013.  A “read only” restriction will be placed on the  500 most used Harvard Business Review articles online.  This means that on the Business Source Premier(EBSCOhost) database printing, downloading and perma-linking select articles will be  disabled.  The full text of these articles will still be available for reading online.

Harvard Business Publishing does offer an addendum allowing for course related uses and lifting the read-only restriction, however the quoted price for one year is an additional  20 thousand dollars.  This asking price is unprecedented.  While business database prices are often negotiated around  full time equivalent (FTE) and vary considerably, at Falvey we pay less than this for annual access to each of the following business resources: Audit Analytics, EconLit with Full Text, IBISWorld, Mintel, MergentOnline, Morningstar, NetAdvantage (S&P), OECD iLibrary and Valueline. Even STEM journals with prices approaching (but none in our collection exceeding HBP’s asking) come with perpetual access to the subscribed year.  Harvard Business Publishing’s approach to licensing its content undercuts the goals of  libraries, the dissemination of research and the advancement of knowledge.

As the need for digital but not necessarily online access to Harvard Business Review articles arises, the library will fulfill requests from our print and microfilm collections.  Hopefully this arrangement will meet your needs.

 

 

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Datamonitor Rebranded MarketLine

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: April 10, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Datamonitor company profiles have been rebranded as MarketLine. Access is available on the EBSCOhot platform. Industry reports available via the ReferenceUSA Onesource platform have also been rebranded as MarketLine, but remain listed on the platform as Datamonitor. Confusing to be sure! Just think Datamonitor=MarketLine.

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Business Books Go Mobile

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: January 11, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Ever wish you had mobile access to the quality business books your professors expect you to  use?  There’s an app for that (and I’m not thinking SparkNotes, besides it only covers literature!).  Ebrary, one of Falvey Memorial Library’s  ebook platforms, released a mobile app for iPhone/iPad/iPod and Android.  To get it, search the App Store for ebrary and install.  Because the copyrighted book content is only available to subscribers, to use the app you will need to take additional steps including getting an Adobe account and a personal ebrary account.  With these ebrary mobile app sign instructions, you will be on your way in no time.   http://tinyurl.com/a6rwkd7    The app lets you search online, read and download.

 

 

 

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ESRI Business Analyst Online

The Library is making Esri Business Analyst Online (BAO) available to the entire campus.  Esri is the market leader in ArcGIS software for mapping data. Esri BAO is a web based product designed for siting optimization and comparisons.  With it,  one can analyze the demographic characteristics and market potential of selected locations or geographies.  The underlying data sets are drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Directory of Major Malls, Gfk MRI Consumer Surveys, Market Planning Solutions traffic counts, and Esri Tapestry Segmentation. Use Esri BAO for solving these common business problems:

  • Identify promising new store locations
  • Compare locations
  • Refine understanding of local markets to target campaigns

 

The user interface is relatively intuitive, but helpful documentation with video guides are embedded within the product to facilitate use.  Both reports and maps can be generated.

When we learned that the  Department of Geography and Environment’s site license for desktop use could be extended at no additional cost to include web access, we coordinated with Guillaume Turcotte, GIS Laboratory Technician and Instructor, and he made the access happen.  Thank you, Guillaume!

Esri Business Analyst Online is available on the Databases A-Z list and select subject guides.  To access, authenticate with your LDAP,  and create a personal user name and password linked to your Villanova email address.

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Data Citation Index Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: November 5, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

The library is hosting a trial to Data Citation Index a brand new Thomson Reuters database for discovering data sets and studies in persistent and stable repositories.  Research data from the social sciences, physical sciences, life science and arts and humanities is included.  Discoverable data sets are linked to the scholarship it informs. The interface and search options will be familiar to users of other Web of Knowledge databases such as Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

This new resource has the potential for facilitating the creation of Data Management Plans required by the National Science Foundation for funding.  It also contributes to the movement to share, provide attribution and scholarly credit for data generation activities.

For additional information about this initiative see the Thomson Reuters promotional materials, contact your subject librarian or Linda.Hauck@villanova.edu

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Creativity in Business

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: October 23, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

A fascination with where creativity comes from and how to cultivate it isn’t a new preoccupation for business thinkers, but I have noticed a flurry of interesting new books published about the construct.  Curiosity got the better of me so I did a search to find out just how many articles were published in the last few years on topic and discovered that indeed there has been an uptick in publications on creativity.  In 2007 the number of business and management papers on creativity leaped and has been on an upward trajectory since.

I wonder if the impetus to understand creativity stems from the pace of technological change and the creative destruction it has brought to corporate giants such as SONY or Kodak or the newspaper industry as a whole, or whether it’s locus is the collective angst experienced by knowledge workers facing uncertain futures, or grows out of policy efforts to spark entrepreneurship and employment.  The source of the zeitgeist may only be discoverable by more imaginative minds, but I’d like to share a few interesting artifacts on the trend found in the Falvey Memorial Library stacks.

  The Progress Principle, written by Harvard Business Professor, Teresa Amabile and her husband Steven Kramer, also a doctorate in psychology, presents evidence on the perceptual, emotional and motivational factors that nurture or inhibit individual and team creativity in organizations.  The underlying materials for their analysis are daily questionnaires both short answer and open ended completed by 238 knowledge workers at seven undisclosed marque name companies over a four month period.  Thus  rich quantitative and qualitative data informs the authors’ “checklist” for facilitating progress in teams charged with innovating products and processes.  This book is a wonderful blend of social science and advice that’s fun to read too.  Can you guess which confidentially disguised firms participated in the study?

The Idea Factory, by business journalist Jon Gertner, takes a very different approach to examining the cultivation of creative work in business.  This is a well documented and readable history of the most innovative years of Bell Labs, the AT&T and Western Electric subsidiary founded to do the basic science needed to advance the communications industry in it’s infancy.  The narrative focuses on a few select scientists.  Themes around the source of this exceptional corporate creativity include interdisciplinary team work, well defined top level goals and team autonomy.

In Imagine:  How Creativity Works, science journalist Jonah Lehrer explores the neuroscience behind creative artists such as Bob Dylan and Shakespeare and organizational psychology explanations underpinning seriously serially innovative organizations such as 3M, Eli Lilly and Pixar.  This book was a great read, but sadly has been largely discredited (but as of this writing was still on the NYT’s Business Bestseller List) due to compelling evidence of author fabrications.

To find more books in our collection on creativity and innovation, search our catalog for subjects “creative ability“, “creative ability in business“, “organizational innovation“, “creative thinking” or “technological innovations“.

For scholarship on creativity search Business Source Premier, ABI Inform and PsychInfo.  For videos on innovation in business visit Prendisimo (register with Villanova email), Films on Demand, or ecorner at Stanford.

Like to recommend a book on the power of original thinking or creativity in organizations?  Email me (linda.hauck@villanova.edu) with your suggestions!

 

 

 

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