Thanksgiving Week Library Hours

November 23rd, 2009

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Here are Ford Library’s hours of operation during Thanksgiving Break.

  • Wednesday, November 25, 8am – 8pm
  • Thursday, November 26, Closed
  • Friday, November 27, Closed
  • Saturday, November 28, 12 noon – 4pm
  • Sunday, November 29, term hours

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

New Movies for November

November 17th, 2009

Here are our latest new titles:

Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen
Food, Inc.
The Taking of Pelham 123
Lost in Austen
Music from Another Room
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
Surveillance
Orphan
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Cheri
The Answer Man
Treeless Mountain
Objectified
Drag Me to Hell

Book Review: Travel as a Political Act

November 13th, 2009

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Steves, Rick. Travel as a political act. Nation Books, 2009.

Best selling travel writer and PBS host Rick Steves inspires readers to travel more purposely. In Travel as a Political Act, Steves encourages international travelers to remain open to new experiences and to seek options to get out of their comfort zone by becoming a temporary “local.”

Steves says that the best vacations are both fun and intensely educational. The goal is to relax and have fun, while learning and broadening one’s perspectives. Thoughtful travel comes with powerful lessons and an American traveler can learn about US society by observing with an open mind and by connecting with people that one would never meet at home.

This book is an easy read with only 200 heavily illustrated pages. Steves lays out his framework for travel and then takes the reader to seven different locations inclusing Iran, El Salvador and Denmark. The last chapter describes how travel has changed his political views and encourages the reader to put a global perspective into action at home.

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

Library Hours : November – December 2009

November 5th, 2009

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Ford Library’s calendar of hours for November – December 2009 is now available.

The Library will be open for abbreviated hours during the Thanksgiving and Winter Holiday Breaks.

Note especially that the Library will be closed from December 24, 2009 through January 3, 2010 — reopening on January 4, 2010.

View the Calendars and Library Hours.

The Future of Capitalism

November 5th, 2009

The lecture, “Building a Sustainable Energy Future: Market Approaches to Choices and Trade-offs” will be held today; Thursday, November 5th from 4–6 p.m. in Geneen Auditorium.

This is the first of a four-part series and represents a joint collaboration between the Fuqua School of Business and McKinsey Quarterly.  The series will consist of forums on the following areas:  energy, the financial system, globalization and business education.

Check out some of these new titles from the Ford Library on sustainability (click on a link to place a hold or check availability). Or come browse our Sustainability display at the front of the library:

Library Database Room Closed Wednesday Morning

November 3rd, 2009

The library’s database room will be closed Wednesday morning, November 4, from 8 am to 9 am and from 10 am to 11 am for training classes.  Please use the main computer lab to print your documents during these times.

Book Review: Can Capitalism Survive?

October 26th, 2009

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Schumpeter, Joseph A. Can capitalism survive? : creative destruction and the future of the global economy. Harper Perennial, 2009.

A role of economists is to provide economic analysis of recessions such as the current one created by the financial crisis and provide strategies for restoring economic growth and prosperity.

Leading up to the current recession, The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to make housing more affordable, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac developed a federal program enabling people to qualify for homes that ordinarily would not.

Subsequently, people purchased homes they could not afford and some lost their jobs due to the recession. Wall Street banks invested too heavily in risky loans rather than diversifying, accumulating toxic assets leading to tremendous losses.

Hayek goes as far to say that central banking destabilizes the economy. In the recent recession, government intervention led to inflation, over building, a housing bubble, and then economic indicators became unrealistic.

In addition to the destabilized housing market, the financial crisis had a ripple effect on travel, retail, the automobile and oil industries, and led to significant number of lost jobs.

Can Capitalism Survive? is excerpted from Joseph Schumpeter’s 1942 classic Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. This is where he proposed business cycles are caused by technological innovation, referred to as creative destruction. In Capitalist economies, markets eliminate obsolete technologies and utilize innovations to create new avenues for economic growth. Read more …

Book Reviews: Sustainable Investing

October 19th, 2009

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Kiernan, Matthew J. Investing in a sustainable world : why GREEN is the new color of money on Wall Street. Wiley, 2009.

Krosinsky, Cary and Nick Robins, eds. Sustainable investing : the art of long-term performance. Earthscan, 2008.

Traditionally, ethical and socially responsible investing has been driven by personal values. While this approach has been successful in some sectors in the U.S. and the U.K., the mainstream institutional marketplace has been out of reach. But now, research by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors shows that companies with superior positioning on sustainability issues achieved superior financial returns. Two new books discuss how both Wall Street and Main Street are now interested in investing in ethical, social and green companies to attain long term financial performance.

In Investing in a Sustainable World, Innovest founder and CEO Matthew J. Kiernan makes the business case for integrating environmental and social considerations into investment decisions. He presents conceptual and practical tools to help investors realize environmental, social and financial objectives at the same time. Read more …

SRDS Media Solutions Database Maintenance

October 16th, 2009

Two component publications in the SRDS Media Solutions database platform will be unavailable this weekend during scheduled upgrade maintenance.

From 5:00 PM EST, Friday October 16th, until 1:00 AM EST, Monday, October 19th, the Business Publication Advertising Source, and the Consumer Magazine Advertising Source will be offline and unavailable.

SRDS is upgrading and re-naming these component publications during this downtime.  Please email us if you experience any difficulty accessing other publications within the SRDS Media Solutions database.

New Movies for October

October 14th, 2009

Note that the U.S. National Parks documentary listed below is Ken Burns’ latest film.

Away We Go
Fast and Furious
Inkheart
Little Dorrit
Lymelife
Management
Monsters vs. Aliens
My Life in Ruins
The National Parks : America’s Best Idea

Our Daily Bread
Reincarnation
Rosemary’s Baby
Sleep Dealer
The Thief Lord
Trick ‘r Treat
Wallace & Gromit : A Matter of Loaf and Death
X-Men Origins. Wolverine