Think globally, act locally has been used in a wide variety of contexts. For students and faculty at VSB it could be translated into keeping abreast of business developments in our town and around the world. Reading the Philadelphia Business Journal ,the WSJ and Financial Times, the other national and international campus wide business papers, may be one way to do just that. And it may get easier….
We have a month long trial to the Philadelphia Business Journal and its 39 sister publications from the American City Business Journals. The Philadelphia Business Journal is the only business paper in our region. A subscription would provide full text searchable access to 10 years worth of archives, digital replicas of the print publications, and the rankings found in Book of Lists. At present the library provides access to Regional BusinessNews via EBSCO, but unfortunately bizjournals and are not included there.
Please let me know if you think we should invest in a site license.
Using films in class to present complex issues in a masterful way or to simply spark discussion in a reserved classroom are nothing new. YouTube and the attendant expansion of availability of streaming video clips from well respected news outlets have certainly made it easier and less expensive. But barriers to incorporating multimedia in the class room persist. Finding well done educational videos can be exceedingly time consuming and many still carry high price tags. One 26 minute video recently requested by a faculty member cost over $1000.00!
The library is offering a trial to a service aimed at addressing the cost and convenience impediments to bringing high quality educational videos to the classroom: Films on Demand Business & Economics collection. The high quality videos in this collection cover a range of topics from technology to biography to case studies to globalization, entrepreneurship, advertising, diversity training, business communication and negotiation. The films are produced by well known British and US educational and news organizations such as The Open University, The BBC, Films for the Humanities & Sciences and Bill Moyers Journal. Finding relevant videos is as easy as browsing the subject lists or searching by keyword. Many of the films are brief enough and segmented to facilitate in class viewing. There are no restrictions on simultaneous views, eliminating bottlenecks to out of class assigned viewing.
Please explore and test the Films on Demand, Business & Economics collection before October 31 and let us know if you think the library should subscribe!