Archive for July, 2008

Big in Dubai

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

With the Fuqua School developing an MBA program in Dubai, I thought it would be interesting to look at the top 10 companies in the area:

  1. Emirates – airline, est. sales $7,798,600,000
  2. Emaar Properties – real estate, est. sales $4,783,6000,000
  3. ETA ASCON Group – diversified, est. sales $4,000,000,00
  4. National Bank of Dubai (NBD) – financial services, est. sales $2,860,300,000
  5. DP World Ltd – marine terminal development and operations, est. sales 2,731,400,000
  6. Jumbo Electronics – electronic and appliance retailer, est. sales $2,000,0000,000
  7. Dodsal Group – energy and infrastructure development, est. sales $2,000,000,000
  8. Mashreqbank – financial services, est. sales $1,819,500,000
  9. Dubai Islamic Bank, financial services, est. sales $1,636,100,000
  10. Emirates Bank International – financial services, est. sales $1,560,200,000

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Ford Library Joins Twitter

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

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Ford Library has created a presence on Twitter to give you fast, byte-sized access to important Library news.

Twitter is a web site/service that lets you send and receive up to 140 characters worth of quick info or news about what you happen to be doing at any given moment. You can also receive updates or “tweets” via your favorite IM software or over your cell phone.

You can follow us on the Twitter web site (no account necessary), or sign up to receive our updates via IM or cell phone. We’ve also embedded a Twitter widget on our Library Info page to show you our 3 most recent updates when you visit our site.

Please feel free to send any comments or questions about our new Twitter service to:

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New Library Catalog Coming Soon!

Monday, July 7th, 2008

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All Duke University Libraries (including Ford Library) will be releasing a new version of our online library catalog on Wednesday, July 9th.

The new online catalog interface will include many new features and functions:

  • improved display of holdings and locations (which library has what book)
  • single click search refinement (show results by library, format, and more)
  • book cover image displays
  • save searches as persistent bookmarks
  • save/view searches as dynamically updated RSS feeds
  • and more …

We encourage you to try out the new catalog interface before Wednesday to get a feel for how to perform all the searches and operations that you’re familiar with in our current catalog interface.

The “Classic” catalog interface will still be accessible (although not indefinitely!) from within the new catalog.

Please feel free to send any comments or questions about the new catalog to:

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Summer Reading at Ford

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008


Even during summer break Ford Library keeps adding new books to our collection. Come check out our New Book and New Audiobook sections for even more great choices. (Click on any of the titles below to check availability or to place a hold.)

Fun Summer Reading:

Happiness, Health, and Work: