Archive for April, 2017

Fine Forgiveness Event

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Are you graduating or just heading out soon for the summer and worried about paying library fines? May 1st through May 12th, the Ford Library will waive one overdue library fine* for each “shelfie” you post to Instagram or Facebook, up to five fine waives total.

It’s easy!

1 Snap a “shelfie,” i.e. a book-related photo. It could be of a favorite book or place to read, a “book face,” or a photo featuring the Ford Library and/or its collections.
2. Post the photo to your Instagram account or to Ford Library’s Facebook page with #fordlibraryshelfie
3. Send us an email to let us know you have posted it.

Please note: Your Instagram profile must be set to public during the promotion so that we can see your photo and we have to approve posts to our Facebook page before they will appear.

1. All Duke University students are eligible to participate.
2. Each photo must be tagged #fordlibraryshelfie and posted between Monday, May 1st and Friday, May 12th, 2017. Your photo(s) may be shared, copied, and used in Ford Library promotional material.
3. A maximum of five overdue fine waives total will be allowed per student during the promotion.
4. * Waives apply to overdue fines incurred in the last 6 months (from November 2016 – April 2017) only.
5. * Waives will not apply to items that have not yet been returned, for fines that were incurred at other Duke University Libraries, or for recall fines (where another patron was waiting for the overdue item). This promotion is in addition to our existing one-time waive policy.

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Economic Evolution

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Americans are living in a time of unprecedented prosperity. At the beginning of the 20th century, life at home and at work was dull, dangerous and uncomfortable. Today, average Americans live as comfortably as royalty a few decades ago, and have more leisure time. Four new books combine economics and history to provide ideas on how prosperity evolved in our modern age and insights into what is likely to happen in the lean years ahead.
book cover imageThe Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon
The technological, economic and social transformations that drove the rise in prosperity between 1870 and 1970 overshadow today’s advances in communication and information technologies, which have not produced a comparable prosperity.
book cover imageEmpire of Things by Frank Trentmann
Since the dawn of civilization, people’s role or work defined who they were, but in today’s consumer culture, material possessions display identity. The transformation to a worldwide consumer society developed over the past 5 centuries and changed the course of history.
Also available as an eBook on OverDrive.
book cover imageBourgeois Equality by Deirdre Nansen McCloskey
Citizens in advanced nations are better off than they were in 1800 by an astounding 3000%. The reason?
Innovation. In Europe, ideas for inventions were widely disseminated for the first time under a new ideology of individual dignity for common people and their right to improve their lives.
book cover imageMoney Changes Everything by William N. Goetzmann
A financial historian explains how the development of finance made civilizations possible. A tool for managing time and risk, finance was an innovation that permitted individuals to move economic value forward and backward through time – allowing people to imagine and to calculate a future.
Also available as an eBook.

© Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
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The Fuqua Book Exchange

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The Fuqua Book Exchange is taking place April 24th through May 12th, 2017. Share your gently-used books with the Fuqua Community. All subjects welcome. Give a book, take a book. Free!

Drop-off your gently-used books at the Ford Library circulation desk. Select from books on the “Fuqua Book Exchange” shelf in the Career Collection. Any books unclaimed after the exchange will be donated to Better World Books or Book Harvest (children’s and young adult books).

New Movies for April

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Here are the latest DVD titles in our collection:

Assassin’s Creed
Collateral Beauty
Live by Night
Miss Sloane
A Monster Calls
Patriots Day
Planet Earth II
Why Him?
20th Century Women
Doctor Strange
A Tale of Love and Darkness
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

You may browse the entire DVD collection via the library catalog.

WSJ: Best Business Books 2016

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Every year, the Wall Street Journal asks writers, academics, business owners, athletes and assorted interesting people for their recommendations for the best books of the year. Here’s what the contributors said for 2016.
Retired basketball player and sportscaster Bill Walton is “the proud and fortunate son of a librarian.” He proposed Shoe Dog to entrepreneurs as a guide to success. “Phil Knight started Nike in 1963 with a $50 loan from his father. I don’t need to tell you how that story ended up.”
Fellow athlete Abby Wambach recommends Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. “As I have transitioned into retirement, Grit is a powerful reminder of the qualities that made me a successful soccer player would serve me just as well in the world beyond the field.”
Alan Greenspan’s biography, The Man Who Knew was selected by several readers, including Elliott Management Corp founder and CEO Paul Singer, who noted, “As important as it is to know which qualities to look for in the next Fed chair, it is also important to know which qualities to avoid.”
No surprise that several people chose Hillbilly Elegy, including Roger Altman, founder/chairman of Evercore as well as U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who called J.D. Vance’s memoir, “the story of overcoming a tumultuous family life in southern Ohio and Kentucky. This isn’t just Mr. Vance’s story. It’s the story of many other people across rural America who have lost hope.”
Fuqua faculty member’s Dan Ariely’s newest best-seller, Payoff is recommended by James Altucher, author of 17 business books. “Dan Ariely makes the strong case that the best way to motivate people, including ourselves, is not through persuasive tactics, however subtle, but by providing the groundwork for meaning in people’s lives. James Altucher also endorses Tools of Titans, “interviews from hundreds of peak performers – from athletes and artists to generals and entrepreneurs and shares the ‘tactics, routines, and habits’ that made them titans.”

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