New Movies for March: Part 2

March 29th, 2016

Here are the remainder of this month’s new DVD titles:

Big Hero 6
Black Mass
Crimson Peak
The Danish Girl
The Good Dinosaur

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

Fine Forgiveness Fridays

March 25th, 2016

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Library fines got you down? April 1st through May 13th, the Ford Library will waive one overdue library fine* for each “shelfie” you post to Instagram or Facebook, up to six fine waives total.

It’s easy!

1. Follow @fordlibrary on Instagram or like our Facebook page.
2. Snap a “shelfie”, or photo, of a favorite book or place to read, or of something artistic featuring the Ford Library and its collections.
3. Post the photo to your Instagram account or to Ford Library’s Facebook page with #fordlibraryshelfie

Please note: Your Instagram profile must be set to public during the promotion so that we can see your photo.

1. All Duke University students are eligible to participate.
2. Each photo must be tagged #fordlibraryshelfie and posted between Friday, April 1 and Friday, May 13th, 2016. Your photo(s) may be shared, copied, and used in Ford Library promotional material.
3. *Each Friday during the promotion, we will waive one Ford Library overdue fine for each photo posted that week. A maximum of six overdue fine waives total will be allowed per student during the promotion.
4. Waives apply to overdue fines incurred in the last 6 months (Nov. 2015 – May 13, 2016) 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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New Movies for March: Part 1

March 23rd, 2016

Here are the first of our new DVD titles this month:

Love the Coopers
Man Up
Miss You Already
My All American
99 Homes
Our Brand is Crisis
Secret in Their Eyes
Steve Jobs
The 33

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

Book Review: The Great Beanie Baby Bubble

March 21st, 2016

book cover imageBissonnette, Zac. The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute. Portfolio/Penguin, 2015.

At the end of the 20th century, two speculative bubbles reached their climaxes and then quickly collapsed. The best known was the dot-com bubble, which involved publicly held internet companies on the NASDAQ. The other bubble involved a privately held toy company that sold $5 and $10 stuffed animals. A new book, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble, tells the story of Ty Warner and his company, but it is also an entertaining look into the formation and dynamics of speculative manias.

Author Zac Bissonnette relates the tale of the creative and driven Ty Warner, who was a top grossing salesman for Dakin before he started a competing company Ty Inc. Warner’s personal charisma and obsessive attention to detail compensated for his start-up company’s disadvantages such as limited product line, lack of scale, small sales force and low price points. He changed his product mix often and focused on independently owned toy and gift shops, which remained loyal to him.

In 1995, a popular Beanie Baby was discontinued due to supplier problems. Retailers complained until they learned that Warner “retired” the product, which created scarcity. Retired Beanie Babies became collectible and each $5 piece took on a higher value in the secondary market.

Beginning with the first collectors in the Chicago suburbs, interest in assembling collections of retired Beanie Babies spread incrementally by word of mouth. Warner retired pieces that were already hard to find, creating a frenzy of buying. The Internet was new, and vague comments and innuendo about future retirements on caused prices to spike. Soon a new auction site named Ebay created a market that operated 24/7.

The craze ended suddenly in 1999 as Ebay brought transparency to the supply side of the market. Adults who had used a child’s toy as an investment lost everything. Ty Warner reported a net worth of $1.7 billion. In 2013 Warner was charged with tax evasion and fined $53 million. Jimmie Fallon joked, ” The Beanie Babies creator owes $53 million for tax evasion. If he sells them all, he’ll just owe… $53 million.”

Also available as an audiobook on OverDrive and as an eBook on OverDrive.

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All rights reserved.

Book Review: Friend & Foe

February 18th, 2016

book cover imageGalinsky, Adam D. and Maurice Schweitzer. Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both. Crown Business, 2015.

Yesterday, Chapel Hill native Adam Galinsky, business faculty member at Columbia Univ., presented academic research and his acquired wisdom on cooperating, competing, power and social hierarchy, to 150 Fuqua staff members. Afterward, a colleague noted to me, “That was the best speaker that we have ever heard.”

Prof. Galinsky is also an engaging writer. He presents these topics (and more) in a new book that he wrote with Wharton faculty member Maurice Schweitzer. In Friend & Foe, Galinsky and Schweitzer explain that human beings are inherently both cooperative and competitive. By nature, people compete when resources are scarce, but as social animals, they cooperate when resources are plentiful. In modern society, interactions among people are complex and require a balance of both behaviors.

Galinsky and Schweitzer explain that comparisons between people are inevitable. Competing with those with better skills can motivate people to improve their performance, but they can also trigger resentment or unethical behavior. Competing with the less skilled makes people feel satisfied. Finding the right balance is key to remaining motivated and happy.

The most interesting discussion in the book is about power. The authors present academic research that demonstrates that in a social interaction, personal power can be increased by merely thinking of a prior experience with power. Power can also be increased by adopting a power stance, standing tall, arms akimbo, legs spread. In addition they show how powerful people are often unaware of the perspectives of others and can improve their leadership skills by considering the vantage points of others.

In addition to discussing academic research, Professors Galinsky and Schweitzer use dozens of stories to provide practical advice on topics, such as: How to negotiate; How to build trust; How to detect deception; How to apologize; How to choose a good name. The new book, Friend & Foe, is recommended for all readers and as Fuqua staff discovered yesterday, author Adam Galinsky comes highly recommended as a speaker.

Also available as an eBook on OverDrive and as an audiobook on OverDrive.

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

New Movies for February: Part 2

February 17th, 2016

Here are the rest of our new DVD titles for the month:

Hotel Transylvania 2
Infinitely Polar Bear
Sleeping With Other People
Straight Outta Compton
This Changes Everything
The Visit
The Walk

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

Movies for February: Part 1

February 12th, 2016

We have a longer list of new DVDs this month so check back next week for part 2:

The Assassin chiraq1
Bridge of Spies
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Downton Abbey, season 6
Irrational Man
Learning to Drive
The Martian
Meet the Patels
Experimenter: the Stanley Milgram Story

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

Book Review: Unretirement

February 1st, 2016

book cover imageFarrell, Chris. Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life. Bloomsbury Press, 2014.

For decades, conventional wisdom about the long term viability of Social Security benefits was gloom and doom. When the baby boom generation reached retirement age and drew on Social Security benefits, the entitlement system would be strained, requiring lower benefits and higher taxes, perhaps going bankrupt altogether. With only three workers to support each retiree over 65, Social Security was deemed unsustainable. But according to business journalist Chris Farrell, the current outlook is far more optimistic.

In his new book, Unretirement, Farrell argues that aging baby boomers are not behaving as their predecessors. Instead of retiring at their earliest opportunity and moving to Florida to play golf, baby boomers are working longer, either remaining at their full-time jobs, transitioning to a non-profit, downshifting to part-time work or putting their experience to work as independent contractors. Farrell estimates that the average age of retirement will rise to 70 over the next 25 years. This bodes well for Social Security because people who work longer continue to contribute and have fewer years to draw on the benefits.

Baby boomers are better educated and healthier into their 60’s and 70’s than previous generations. They seek meaning through work and stay engaged in their communities. A frugal mindset and distrust of Wall Street are taking root. Farrell explains retirement planning for this group is less about investing, and more about staying on the job, developing new skills for an encore career, maintaining social contacts and delaying Social Security benefits.

Farrell admits that unretirement will not be enjoyed by all. Workers with limited skills in low paying jobs have bad prospects as they age. But he predicts that the majority of older Americans will experience personal financial security and the U.S. economy will undergo a long period of prosperity despite its aging population. Recommended.

Also available as an eBook on OverDrive.

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

New Movies for January

January 28th, 2016

Here are the newest titles in our DVD collection:

Dragon Blade (Tian Jiang Xiong Shi)terminatorG1
Hitman : Agent 47
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Pawn Sacrifice
Ted 2
Terminator Genisys
Time Out of Mind
A Walk in the Woods

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

And the Winner Is…

December 31st, 2015

Critics and commentators at the Economist, the Financial Times and McKinsey select the best books of the year for 2015. Not surprisingly, there is a significant overlap. Let’s take a look at what the experts are recommending now.

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Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family
By Anne-Marie Slaughter and Karen White.
Accomplished academic at Princeton and key foreign policymaker for the Obama Administration describes her vision for what true equality between men and women really means.

The Economist Book of the Year 2015
Financial Times Book of the Year 2015
Finalist: FT and McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2015

How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy
By Stephen Witt.
The secret history of digital music piracy, from the German engineers who invented the MP3, to a N.C. CD manufacturing plant that leaked 2000 recorded albums over 10 years, and then into dark recesses of the Internet where music is available for free.

Financial Times Book of the Year 2015
Finalist: FT and McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2015

Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
By Ashlee Vance.
A portrait of daring, charismatic and confrontational innovator Elon Musk, his life and career, his successes and failures, beginning with his difficult childhood in South Africa.

FT and McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2015 nominee

Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
By Nathaniel Popper.
N.Y. Times reporter presents the volatile evolution of an emerging payment system that facilitates innovative transactions and reduces costs to merchants while assuring privacy to users.

Financial Times Book of the Year 2015
Finalist: FT and McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2015

Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time
By Jeffrey Pfeffer.
Stanford Business School professor uses his research to update the accepted wisdom about leadership, concluding that authenticity, honesty and humility are overrated.

FT and McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2015 nominee

Road to Character
By David Brooks.
Political writer illustrates the lives of 8 well-known people who have been down the difficult “road to character” and shows how character building works in the real world.

The Economist Book of the Year 2015

Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe
By Greg Ip.
Wall Street Journal commentator explains that the urge to avoid risk often leads to danger — for example, preventing small forest fires creates the opportunity for an inferno — as a lesson for banking regulators trying to prevent a financial crash.

Financial Times Book of the Year 2015

Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers
By Gillian Tett.
Silos are ubiquitous in business, government and universities. A financial journalist explains why organizations fragment into silos and how functional departments can be better integrated to foster innovation.

Financial Times Book of the Year 2015


Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics
By Richard Thaler.
An entertaining view of how economists are deviating from the traditional standard of rationality to study real human behaviors, showing how miscalculations affect decision making and how incentives affect markets.

The Economist Book of the Year 2015
Financial Times Book of the Year 2015
Finalist: FT and McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2015

Other People’s Money: The Real Business of Finance
By John Kay.
An economist explains how the finance sector should work, managing other people’s money for the benefit of businesses and households, instead of enriching financial executives in powerful banks.

The Economist Book of the Year 2015
Financial Times Book of the Year 2015

Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet
By Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman.
Two economists discuss the risks of an extreme climate event and its global repercussions, unless action is taken now, as they identify carbon pricing as the economic solution to the production of industrial pollution.

Financial Times Book of the Year 2015
FT and McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2015 nominee

Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception
By George Akerlof and Robert Shiller.
Two Nobel Prize-winning economists argue that markets are not always the benign “invisible hand,” but are rife with deception as sellers exploit buyers’ psychological weaknesses.

FT and McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2015 nominee

Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup
By Andrew Zimbalist.
A sports economist explains the politics behind hosting the Olympic Games and the World Cup, arguing that the short-term and long-run economic impacts are negative for the hosting cities, where only the wealthy profit.

The Economist Book of the Year 2015

Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses – and Misuses – of History
By Barry Eichengreen.
An economist compares the two financial crises of the 1930’s and 2008-onward and analyzes the actions that policymakers undertook with the positive and negative results.

FT and McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2015 nominee

Inequality: What Can Be Done?
By Anthony Atkinson.
An economist proposes 15 new solutions to alleviate economic inequality, such as a minimum inheritance for all and a global tax on wealth.

The Economist Book of the Year 2015
Financial Times Book of the Year 2015


Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
By Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner.
Forecasting seems like an art, but can be learned. Experts with real foresight gather evidence from a variety of sources, understand probabilities, work in teams and change course when new data emerges.

The Economist Book of the Year 2015
FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award nominee

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
By Martin Ford.
A Silicon Valley entrepreneur argues that as technology continues to accelerate, machines are beginning to take care of themselves, making human jobs obsolete. Jobs are evaporating, while education and health care costs rise rapidly, leading to massive unemployment, income inequality and the implosion of the consumer economy.

Financial Times Book of the Year 2015
Winner of the FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2015

Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry
By Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff.
An insider’s account of BlackBerry, which in 2009 ranked as the world’s fastest growing company with half the smartphone market, but was then crippled by internal management feuds and ruthless competition from Apple and Google.

Financial Times Book of the Year 2015
Finalist: FT and McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2015

The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World
By Steve LeVine.
Energy journalist provides a fast-paced account of the global race to develop a lithium-ion super-battery that will transform the world’s industries, geopolitics and climate.

FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award nominee

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
By Jerry Kaplan.
Computing pioneer discusses advances in machine learning, robotics and perception powering systems, creating technologies that exceed human capabilities, promising a future with escalating comfort and wealth for some, but persistent unemployment for many.

The Economist Book of the Year 2015

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