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The David Lam Library has just received two new books about Toyota’s human resources practices. Jeffrey Liker and Michael Hoseus’s Toyota Culture: the Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way examines how Toyota selects, develops, and motivates its people. Mike Rother’s Toyota Kata :Managing People for Improvement Adaptiveness, and Superior Results draws on on six years of research into Toyota’s employee-management routines of continuous improvement and adaptation.

Thanks to Christina from David Lam library whose eagle-eye spotted these two new resources!

1) AidData is a database of data and information on foreign aid finance.  It just went live this week, and while still in Beta, contains over 1 million records.   “AidData attempts to capture the universe of development finance, increase the value of data by providing more descriptive information about development activities, provide data in an accessible format, and strengthen efforts to improve donor and recipient strategic planning and coordination.”

You can search by keyword within different databases covering: donor information, recipients (ie, countries or regions), purpose, activity and years.

2) Google has teamed up with the US Census Bureau to develop a new mapping tool which will allow you to track mail participation rates in the 2010 US Census.  You can view the “Take 10 Challenge Map” on the US Census Website here. Just type in a town/city and its state or type in a zipcode to see the current participation rate and the rate for the 2000 Census.  Note, as the Census has only just launched there is not much data below the state level.  Check back in a few weeks to see figures for smaller geographic units.

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