Author Archives: Linda Black

New LibGuides!

LibGuides SearchTake a look at these new LibGuides if you are stumped by a class assignment or need to troubleshoot a computer problem. These guides will continue to grow as we get feedback from students who need assistance. Continue reading

Database Data: NoveList Plus

NoveListHave you just finished a great book and wondered what to read next? Bellevue University Library has you covered. One of our newest additions to the library databases, NoveList Plus, will let you find similar titles or search for something new based on your likes and dislikes.  Continue reading

Reader’s Advisory, which book do I read next?

Linda - What to read nextI recently presented “Automated Reader’s Advisory” at the 17th Annual Professional Growth Day at Bellevue University Library. My main objective was to find resources I could use to find my next good book. At the time I chose this topic, I did not realize how important leisure reading is to society. It turns out that what we read can make us a more empathetic person and increase our outreach to humanity. By simply reading a story of another culture or human experience, we go through the same emotions of these cultures as if we were there ourselves.   Continue reading

January ebrary Business Books

Leapfrogging: Harness the power of surprise for business breakthroughs 1st ed. By Soren Kaplan.
“Leapfrogging is about changing the game— creating something new or doing something radically different that produces a significant leap forward . What you create or change can vary, but one thing remains constant: Individuals, groups, and organizations that leapfrog old ways of doing things often become the new leaders of the future.”

Why entrepreneurs should eat bananas: 101 inspirational ideas for growing your business and yourself by Simon Tupman.


The Secret of teams: What great teams know and do 1st ed. By Mark Miller
“This book contains simple ideas that can revolutionize your team and its performance, but none of them will be possible without your leadership. At the end of this book, you’ll have a decision to make: What will you do next?”

24/7 Business Books for December

Customer service management training 101: Quick and easy techniques that get great results
Evenson, Renee, 1951-
“Great customer service isn’t doing what you think your customers want; it’s doing what your customers want. One of the biggest mistakes businesses make is assuming they know what their customers want without getting to know their customers and their needs. Managers who ensure that they and their teams are clued in to their customers are in the best position to give exceptional service.” P1

Women’s labor in the global economy: Speaking in multiple voices Harley, Sharon.
“Women of color have historically adapted to changes in their local environments, social/familial orders, and relations of production. Recently, changes largely spurred by the machinations of globalization have required them to create new strategies for ensuring their daily survival. Globalization is reshaping the nature of women’s work— how they work, in what conditions, in what capacities— and, in the process, creating economic systems that are not only gendered, but also raced and classed. Subsequently, women of color respond with innovation and tenacity in order to survive fluctuations in the market and its attendant social and cultural shifts. Though they may seem casual and quotidian, these are not innocuous actions; the concentration of women of color as laborers at the most basic and necessary level of economic capitalism— production— suggests how powerful they are as global actors. As implied by Evelyn Hu-DeHart in her chapter featured in this volume, their power is in numbers. It is the hope and aim of this anthology that increased exposure of the conditions of women of color’s lives may spur greater resistance against the hegemonic powers that exploit them and all oppressed people.” P. 1

How creativity is changing China Wuwei, Li.
“If we say that the manufacturing industries have made important contributions to the rapid development of the Chinese economy in the past thirty years, then it is not an understatement to say that in the next thirty years, cultural creativity and technological innovation will be key forces in bringing comprehensive changes in China’s transition to an innovative society. The fact that creative industries are becoming a new engine for social and economic development has strategic significance for a Chinese economy confronted with a wide range of international and domestic challenges.”
p. 32

Collective creativity: Collaborative work in the sciences, literature and the arts Fischer, Gerhard.
“The essays collected in this volume present a broad spectrum of studies on the topic of collective creativity in and between various forms of art, comprising individual as well as interdisciplinary focuses on areas in the humanities, in social science and cultural studies. Our aim was to show the remarkable heterogeneity of the subject, of its specific methods and, above all, of the potential present in the forms of and approaches to creative collaboration. Our collection does not aim at a comprehensive presentation and discussion of its topic – if indeed this were possible. However, the 24 chapters are designed to point out intersections and interfaces of artistic, scientific and cultural practice, and to provide signposts to points of departure in order to stimulate further enquiry and research. The ambiguity and complexity inherent in the question of individual versus collective creativity is realised in its dialectical relationship, whether one says with Rimbaud ‘I is another’ (‘Je est un autre’), or whether one says with Goethe ‘my life’s work is that of a multiplicity of beings from the whole of Nature; it bears the name of Goethe’” p. xxv

24/7 Business E-Books

Rethinking undergraduate business education: Liberal learning for the profession by Anne Colby

“The answers proposed in this book reflect our work in the Business, Entrepreneurship, and Liberal Learning (BELL) project, an initiative of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Simply put, we believe that undergraduate students who major in business should have the benefi ts of a strong liberal education. Business and liberal learning must be woven together to prepare students for their professional roles and work and also to prepare them for lives of social contribution and personal fulfillment. In this sense, we propose an integrative vision.” P. 2

Business marketing face to face: The theory and practice of B2B by Chris Fill

“Business Marketing is an academic textbook written from a marketing management perspective. It is about the marketing methods, issues and principles associated with the relationships and interactions between organisations. However, unlike most other textbooks this one is injected with a marketing practitioner’s view on business-to-business marketing matters.” P vi.

Social network analysis in telecommunications by Carlos Andre Reis Pinheir

“It is with great pleasure that I am able to introduce this book, which will guide SAS users on every aspect of social network analysis, from theory to practice. By applying the principles and examples laid out by Dr. Pinheiro, your attempts to increase profi tability will reach a tipping point.” P 15

Smart or lucky?: How technology leaders turn chance into success by Judith Hurwitz

“Creating sustainability over decades is complicated. Sustainable companies have the right appreciation of luck combined with intelligent planning for an uncertain future. These companies often model themselves on successful ventures outside of their own markets. In this book, I share what I have learned both about the companies that have executed well over the long term and about those that lost sight of their goals and succumbed to panic and inertia.” P xx

Building a sustainable job-rich recovery by International Institute for Labour Studies.

“This report is the result of a cooperation project between the DirectorateGeneral for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion of the European Commission and the International Institute for Labour Studies of the ILO. Its purpose is to develop policies that will lead not only to a quicker recovery but also to a more sustainable and equitable global economy. This is particularly relevant given the uneven recovery process across and within countries. The results presented in this Synthesis Report are based on the findings of a special series of research papers produced for the purposes of this project.” P v

 Be a great boss: One year to success by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

“What this is is a workbook . . . and you’re going to do the work. Within these pages is a compilation of trusted, experienced, and knowledgeable advice in areas you’ll need to master in order to be a better boss. If you have people around to help you develop your skills, you’re as lucky as I’ve been. But the more I travel around the country and talk to library leaders who are floundering, the more I’ve come to realize that not everyone is that lucky.” P xi



Library on Display

Library’s on Display
Library display cases jazz up the library environment and draw attention to their resources. “”Grab them and stop them” is the general rule of the display,” according to Kristin Roehrig’s article in the magazine Indiana Libraries, “The attraction of the display should be immediate.” (2007) Roahrig, K.
“Displays can be used to highlight the dark corners, the neglected, the otherwise obscure gems,” according to Alan Jacobsen, librarian at Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library. Jacobson, A. (2012).

The staff at Bellevue University Library take turns creating the monthly display. We usually get our ideas from seasonal themes and events or to promote a library service such as BUILDIT. Some of the tips and tricks we have learned over the years is to use a variety of items, arrange items at different levels, work from the center of the display out, use humor, gear display for our audience, do not overcrowd the books, and use a colorful banner or sign to bring the theme into focus. Even though we use books and dvds in the display, they are still available for checkout if anyone is interested.

“Finding a display to keep interest can be a difficult challenge” according to Roehrig. “A display must be arranged in such a way as to catch a patron’s eye, much like art work. Small items can also spice up a display, making it more appealing to patrons.”

Many of our ideas come from Chase’s Calendar of Events: The Ultimate Go-to Guide for Special Days, Weeks and Months (REF GT4803 .C48 2012). We also have traditional displays that repeat every year, such as, National Library Week, Christmas/Hanukkah holiday, Black History Month, and Banned Book Week.

Some interesting displays from the past year include Jacques Cousteau‘s Birthday, Celebrate Audiobooks, History of Bellevue University, Information Literacy, Hot Tea Month, and National Sports and Physical Fitness Month. These and others can be seen in the Bulletin Board section of the Library Newsletter at We also share photos of the displays on Pinterest along with links to books or objects in the case. To check out some of the library’s social media go to,, and

This month enjoy the Career Coaching Center display along with Banned Book week. You can check out this display case on Bellevue University Library’s Pinterest page:, if you would like to visit the display case virtually!

Jacobson, A. (2012). Building displays that move the merchandise. American Libraries, 43(1), 42-44. Retrieved from ProQuest Database.

Roahrig, K. (2007, July). Never trust an apple and other collection display knowledge. Indiana Libraries. pp. 45-46. Retrieved from EBSCOhost Database.

More 24/7 ebrary Business Books

Leaders’ Guide to Storytelling : Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative by Stephen Denning.
“Stories are trapdoors, escape hatches, portals through which we can expand our lives and learn about other worlds. They offer guideposts to what is important in life. They generate meaning. They embody our values. They give us the clues from which we can discover what ultimately matters. In the past five years, I have learned much from studying both the power and the limits of storytelling. I am happy to have the opportunity to share those learnings here with you.”
p xi.
IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication : A Guide to Internal Communication, Public Relations, Marketing, and Leadership (2nd Edition)
Gillis, Tamara
“Organizational communication as a profession is relatively young when compared to other business disciplines, tracing it roots back less than 100 years. But as current world events such as the Toyota recalls and government buy – outs of American auto manufacturers have shown, it is a valuable, serious, and essential business component that is necessary for organizations to thrive, grow, and sustain misfortunes.” P. xi

Highway infrastructure and the economy : Implications for federal policy
Shatz, Howard J. “The U.S. government has at times promised investment in highway infrastructure on the belief that it contributes to economic growth. However, the economic effects of highway infrastructure remain a matter of debate. Politicians and policy analysts are today considering a major new U.S. transportation bill within an environment of shared concern about federal deficit reduction and reluctance to increase taxes. This monograph informs the debate by reviewing the literature on the effects of highway infrastructure on the economy and drawing conclusions from this evidence regarding the future federal role in highway policy.” P. iii

The Value of talent : Promoting talent management across the organization
Caplan, Janice. “The aim of this book is not just to add to the debate on talent management but also to provide HR practitioners and business leaders with sound practical advice for workable and innovative solutions. Many of my ideas represent new ways of doing things; many others have been done before. However, when all of them are taken together, I believe they amount to a new approach to managing people and organizations that suits our times and that is essential for long-term business survival in a rapidly changing world.” P.ix

The Fair trade revolution by Bowes, John. “This book provides an insightful and important analysis of the development of the fair trade movement worldwide, built around the experiences and perspectives of several of the key individuals who led the way.” P. vii

24/7 E-Books on Business, Leadership and Human Cognition

Stone tools and the evolution of human cognition by April Nowell
“Stone tools are among the most distinctive features of the lives and evolution of hominins and, through them, material culture came to play an increasingly important role in the behavior of our ancestors. As a result, material culture and stone tools in particular have given archaeologists a window onto behaviors and lifeways that have long since disappeared.” Pg. 1

Power politics: Political encounters in industry and engineering by FrancisTombs
This book takes a look at the connection between politics and industry by looking at changes in British society after the policies issued by Margaret Thatcher.

Leadership and growth by David W. Brady
“In this book, former policy makers and practitioners reflect on the role of leadership in economic growth. Citing many examples of leaders making decisions that contributed materially to accelerating and sustaining long-term growth, they do not doubt that leadership matters.” Pg. ix

Principles of software development leadership: Applying project management principles to agile software development by Ken Whitaker
“The first chapter presents a rather humorous (but all too true) summary of the seven deadly habits of ineffective software managers. The second chapter, “Organizational Spring Cleaning,” presents basic leadership steps you should take if you have just been promoted or have taken on a position at a different division or company. The remaining chapter in this section, “relating PMBOK Best Practices to Software Development,” introduces Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) concepts that apply to software development leadership.”

Money games : Profiting from the convergence of sports and entertainment
By David M. Carter
This book shows how sports and entertainment are becoming one and the same. The author points out areas of opportunities of growth in the future.