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    BizEd issue devoted to sustainability

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    The July/August issue of BizEd focuses on sustainability. BizEd is the bimonthly magazine published by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). It covers such issues relating to business schools as pedagogy, marketing, new media, and development.

    BizEd can be read online or in print in the David Lam Library.

    July in the David Lam Library – July 10, 2009

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    During May, June and July, the Library databases get taken out, shaken up, stirred and turned inside out by our MBA interns. You might say the same thing happens with the Lam librarians, as they perform their brain acrobatics, swiftly moving from one industry to another, one topic to another to support the intern research.

    Virtually every MBA internship involves extensive research – market research, competitive research, venture capital research, M&A research. This is when we find out who was really listening in our library orientations and classes. Some projects are familiar, when employers hire interns every year. For these, we turn to the online industry guides which we created in previous years, and update them for the current need. For example, two years ago, an intern researched his company’s potential expansion into the US; this year’s intern is researching a European expansion.

    During May, June and the first week of July, we responded to over 100 requests for research assistance from our MBA students. These consultations are rarely straightforward, and usually involve a broad-ranging list of questions that result in complex interactions that take place over several days or weeks. Themes we’ve noticed this summer include alternative energy, social enterprises, and healthcare management.

    The students love their real world internship experiences, and the employers appreciate the valuable information and data which the students bring to their projects. Information that’s shaken, stirred and turned into very well-made projects.

    June 12, 2009

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    May and June in the David Lam Library

    In May and June, the rhythms of the David Lam Library change. As the roar of the undergraduate presence diminishes, a different kind of researcher comes our way – the MBA intern, the visiting student, the Sauder PhD student working on a summer project, or the researcher from across campus. What these diverse clients share is a need for in-depth and often complex consultation, sometimes in applied areas and often requiring unusual numeric data. The number of individual reference questions falls, but the consultations require exceptional attention and expertise, and challenge us in new ways.

    The often quieter pace of summer allows us to to think creatively about how we do things – support our users, prepare in-class instruction, and translate the complex world of information resources into something understandable. We also try to accomplish a few large projects each summer. This summer we are evaluating all of our corporate financial databases, analyzing where overlaps and gaps exist. We’re revamping our Research Guides – the online guides we create on topics or assignments for our students. We are also going to implement a new knowledge management product, which will allow our users to ask questions of an intelligent FAQ database, developed by librarians at the Wharton School. And as part of our continuing e-volution, we’re investigating e-books and have recently purchased a set of business e-books from Palgrave (more details to come).

    We continue to plan a Learning Commons which will be situated in the David Lam Library, and will feature integrated services to enhance student learning, in collaboration with other groups on campus and at Sauder.

    Now is the perfect time for faculty members to drop by and have a one-on-one session with a librarian – on a topic of importance to you. Do you want to find out what’s in Datastream? Learn how to use Bloomberg? Set up current awareness services using our databases? Identify resources for an assignment? Please feel free to contact Christina, Lindsay or myself or come and visit us.

    Selected New Books

    Report

    International Monetary Fund. World Economic Outlook: Crisis and Recovery, April 2009. Analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level.

    Database trial

    Bureau van Dijk databases:  Mint Global and Orbis

    MINT Global provides information on over 50,000 publicly-traded companies and 5 million private companies from around the world. Orbis is the advanced interface to MINT, and could be accessed via WRDS, were UBC to subscribe. The trial has been extended until June 30 – please send your feedback.

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