Archive for January, 2008

Book Review: Travels of a T-Shirt ….

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

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Rivoli, Pietra. Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An economist examines the markets, power and politics of world trade. Wiley, 2005

In 1979, when I worked at Ohio State, Honda built a factory in Marysville, Ohio. The economy in the Midwest was in shambles following the Arab oil embargo of the 70’s. Employment climbed to 10% and inflation was 12%. The mortgage on our first home was 13%, which looked like a bargain after rates climbed to 16%. Everyone we knew in Ohio tried to “buy American,” but after the Honda factory opened in Marysville, using unemployed (non-union) autoworkers, we began to wonder what it meant to buy American.

Twenty years later in 1999, an economist from Georgetown University’s school of business, watched a crowd of students on campus protest the evils of globalization — capitalism, corporations, the IMF and the WTO. A young woman grabbed the microphone and shouted to the crowd, “Who made your T-shirt?” Was it a child in India living in poverty for Nike’s profit? The economist began to wonder what it meant to be global, but unlike me a generation earlier, she traveled the world to investigate. Six years later, she published a book about the people, politics and markets that created her cotton T-shirt.

This is the story of globalization — the story of real people on three continents, woven together with economic and political lessons, that addresses the sometimes surprising winners and losers in the global economy. Using a simple product, the story shows that free markets aren’t always free, that victims are sometimes beneficiaries, and that nothing about globalization is simple. This book is both a good read and informative text, as well as a key resource for Fuqua’s Global Institute, August 2007.

© Reviewer: Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business. All rights reserved.

New Audiobooks Added

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

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Check out these great new Audiobook titles:

  • The China Road by Rob Gifford
  • The Assault on Reason by Albert Gore
  • The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poiter
  • Blessed Unrest (Unabridged) by Paul Hawken
  • The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9-11 by Lawrence Wright

To browse all of our audiobooks or to search for a specific title, you can visit our audiobook search page.

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New Books for the Spring Semester

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

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The Ford Library has started off the Spring Semester by adding lots of great new books. Come check out our New Books section for even more titles than are shown here. We add many new ones every month on a wide variety of business and related topics. (Click on any of the titles below to check availability or to place a hold.)

Business Trends & Events


The Environment, Nature, and Natural Resources:

Leadership & Ethics*:

* Many leadership and ethics titles are part of the library’s Dorothea F. Peterjohn Leadership Collection

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The Peterjohn Collection in Ford Library

Friday, January 25th, 2008

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Ford Library has created a special web page to highlight our Dorothea F. Peterjohn Leadership Collection.

This new Ford Library page complements and augments the Dorothea F. Peterjohn Leadership Library pages on the newly released Fuqua/Coach K Center for Leadership and Ethics site.

From our Peterjohn Collection page, you can:

  • view a dynamically updated listing of all Ford Library books in the Peterjohn Collection
  • request book titles for check-out directly from the web page
  • view a dynamically updated list of full-text online journal articles on leadership and ethics
  • view a listing of e-journals available at Duke on leadership and ethics

Please feel free to send any comments or questions about this new page or the Peterjohn Leadership Collection in Ford Library to:

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Update Your Library Bookmarks!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

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Several people have recently reported being unable to locate pages on the Library web site. These errors have occurred because some users are still using old bookmarks to certain key pages on the old Ford Library site, which was hosted on Perkins-Bostock Library servers ( before we moved our site in March 2006.

Your older bookmarks still worked for a time because Perkins Library maintained “re-directs” on their server which automatically forwarded links to the older pages on to our new web site. Perkins-Bostock Library IT Support recently removed these re-directs without notice to us, causing “Page Not Found” errors for users of older bookmarks.

We recommend that you visit our current web site (link below) and update your bookmarks to avoid receiving “Page Not Found” errors.

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DataStream Advance is Coming!

Monday, January 7th, 2008

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Ford Library will be replacing our old DSWindows DataStream software with an updated version of the same tool called DataStream Advance.

Advance offers numerous improvements over DSWindows DataStream:

  • a better search tool for locating mnemonics and data
  • better and easier to use Help and data definition files
  • mnemonics are pulled dynamically from Datastream’s remote servers (no more manual code updates!)
  • search output can go directly to Excel instead of CSV files
  • search output is configured for user’s personal network drive (no more USB drives needed!)

DataStream Advance is already installed on the 3 workstations nearest the printers in the Library Database Room, and is ready for users to try out.

The Advance user interface is quite different from the old DSWindows interface, and we strongly recommend that users take a look at Advance’s built-in tutorials. NYU has also created an excellent tutorial for Advance.

DSWindows will remain available until January 31st after which time we’ll remove it from all workstations in the Database Room.

Please let us know if you have questions, or need help with DataStream Advance.

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