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24/7 Business e-Books

Here are some wonderful e-Books on business that are available 24/7. They are accessible in the ecatalog on the library’s home page and in ebrary

Economics of Rivalry, Conflict and Cooperation by Partha Gangopadhyay
“The Nash equilibrium implies an economic outcome that is a collection of mutual best responses such that no agent can make an improvement in one’s well-being by a unilateral deviation from the Nash outcome. On the theoretical plane, though the competition for resources can be settled in the Nash equilibrium in the amicable fashion, the rivalry can engender serious and costly conflicts in the real world. Once a social system has conflicts, severe rivalry and costly conflicts can be kept at bay only through lasting cooperation. This book offers an extensive study of the dynamics of rivalry, costly and violent conflicts, and cooperation.” (Gangopadhyay, 2011, p. 1)

King Cotton in Modern America: A Cultural, Political, and Economic History Since 1945 by Clayton Brown.
“Because cotton is often the subject of public discussion and occasionally becomes a target for cultural bashing, it holds a place in American agriculture as an object of pride or scorn. It appears and reappears in the maelstrom of shifting values and priorities, be it slavery, the family farm, or trade policy. Much attention has focused on the negative features of cotton that cannot be denied, but the force of this common plant in the welfare of mankind keeps it relevant in our national culture. Its recurring and dynamic role, woven into the web of our history, reflects its lasting power.” (Brown, 2011, p. 7)

Integrity Systems for Occupations by Andrew Alexandra
“Ethics or morality is about what actions an individual person or member of an occupation ought to do, and it is about what kind of character an individual person or member of an occupation ought to have. It is also about what features the organizations that employ members of specific occupations ought to have.” (Alexandra, 2010, p. 1)

Creating a vision: An ideas into action guidebook by Corey Criswell.

“If you want to be an effective leader – at any level – you should pay attention to vision. Leaders who communicate a strong vision are seen by their bosses and coworkers as more effective in several important areas than those who do not. The content of your vision affects employees’ perception of your organization. Your articulation of the vision affects their perception of your leadership effectiveness. Taken together, vision content and vision articulation give your employees, colleagues, and other stakeholders a powerful image of how good your organization is how skilled you are as a leader.” (Criswell, 2010, p. 6)

Your money and your life: A lifetime approach to money management by Robert Z. Aliber

“If you’re concerned about your financial future, this book is for you. It will help you make three basic types of financial management decisions – consumption and saving; investment choices among bonds, stocks, and mutual funds; and the financial planning that brings together the amount you will need to save in anticipation of retirement with the amount you think you will need to maintain your standard of living after you retire.” (Aliber, 2011, p. 3)

More Business E-Books

Here are more business e-books from Bellevue University:

Citizen employers: Business communities and labor in Cincinnati and San Francisco, 1870-1916

By Jeffrey Haydu

This book examines the different attitudes of businessmen in San Francisco and Cincinnati and shows how community involvement influenced the acceptance or intolerance of labor unions. The reasons for the differences are examined and the final conclusion shines a light on how unions and collective bargaining are viewed today.

 

Global unions: Challenging transnational capital through cross-border campaigns

By Kate Bronfenbrenner

This book examines the way unions must change and grow to meet the challenges of a global society. Examples of different industries, including agriculture, maritime labor, manufacturing, food processing and services are given. In conclusion the author explains the key lessons for strengthening the union in today’s world. 

 

The Virtue of leadership

By Ole Kirkeby

This book answers the question “What good is leadership?” The author explains the qualities of leadership and why it is important in today’s society.

 

E-books on Business

Did you know the library has a several  databases with electronic books which focus on business?

ebrary Business & Economics Collection – Contains e-books and other materials from leading publishers in Business & Economics; including books on accounting, corporate culture, economic policy, human resources, international business, and marketing titles.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Business and Management collection broadly defines and builds on the foundation disciplines of business and management. The selected full text titles are written by economists, sociologists, psychologists, political scientists and historians, as well as business academics.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Economics and Finance collection has an extensive list of full text publications in Economics and Finance with authors ranging from classic thinkers to modern masters, including twentieth-century Nobel Prize winners, and from across the globe.

Here are some of the ebooks from ebrary Business & Economics collection:

Effective internal communication by Lyn Smith and Pamela Mounter. (2008)

This book provides a general overview of internal communication in the  corporate world and explains why it is so important. Sections cover e-mail etiquette, communication theory, and running a meeting.

Rebuilding a real economy: Unleashing engineering innovation : Summary of a forum  by Steve Olson. (2010)

This summary highlights the insights of the panel members at this forum. The main points of the conference are discussed and the challenges the United States must face to remain a leader in the global community.

Managing the human factor: The early years of human resource management in American industry by Bruce E. Kaufman (2008)

This book traces the history of the human resources management department in the United States from its earliest appearance in the 1870s to 1933 and the emergence of the New Deal.

 

Easily Accessible Business Books

Here are more easily accessible electronic books on business. These books are a small part of our collection and represent a fraction of the available books on this topic at Bellevue University Library.

Take a look at Business math for dummies by Mary Jane Sterling. This book will help make math a little more fun and not as complex. Some of the chapters cover the basic review of concepts and formulas in business and real estate transactions, finance and investments, banking and payroll, and business facilities and services. The book offers practical practice problems in these fields and covers basic algebra, statistics and how to read financial statements. You will also learn how to calculate payroll applications to calculate wages and commissions and strategic salary planning.

Take a look at The Google way: How one company is revolutionizing management as we know it by Bernard Girard. This overview of Google explores the innovative ways Google does business and discusses the way eCommerce is changing the way companies do business. Some of the highlights of this book are “Rebels with a Cause” which highlights Google’s historic beginning and their philosophical mission statement of “Put users first; the rest will follow.”

 

Take a look at Generations, Inc.: From boomers to linksters–managing the friction between generations at work by Meagan Johnson. This book, written by father and daughter, gives managers another resource for dealing with conflict in the workplace. It explains how each generation perceives a certain situation and how you, as the manager, can meld the group into a working solution.

 

Take a look at Nice teams finish last: The secret to unleashing your team’s maximum potential by Brian Cole Miller. This book is a good resource for handling conflict by offering suggestions on ways to get things done instead of skirting around issues. Some of the suggestions offered include constructive criticism, honest communication, and challenging the status quo. The author suggests using a method of communication called BOLD that is between Ultra Nice and Ultra Fierce. BOLD balances NICE’s compassion, consideration and caring with FIERCE’s courage, risk taking and honesty.

 

Take a look at Companies on a mission: Entrepreneurial strategies for growing sustainably, responsibly, and profitably by Michael V. Russo. This book explains the importance of having a strong mission statement which is driven by social and environment factors. It can help small and medium sized companies define their authenticity   against the competition and can even be a powerful tool to aggregate like-minded industries together because their common goals and missions are the same.

Information At Your Fingertips

Information at your fingertips – day or night

Here are more 24/7 e-books that you can browse in the wee hours of the morning. This collection is focused on business and represents a fraction of the available books on this topic at Bellevue University Library.

The job survival instruction book : 400-plus tips, tricks, and techniques to stay employed / Ireland, Karin.

This informative book is a great read for job seekers as well as those who have are just trying to get along in our stressful society. Some of the tips are: “When you find yourself rehashing failures, mentally erase the scene and think of some successes instead; when people praise you for your brilliance, don’t argue that you aren’t. Simply smile, thank them, and be quiet; and learn the fine art of saying little about things you know little about.”

The linked photographers’ guide to online marketing and social media / Adler, Lindsay.

This book has a lot of valuable information for anyone who would like to promote their work through social media. It is written by a fashion photographer who has used these techniques to gain a wider audience. The book gives a step-by-step process for developing a larger online audience.

Entrepreneurship snapshots 2010 : measuring the impact of the financial crisis on business creation / The World Bank

This book does a great job of providing information on the world of entrepreneurship. It measures the activity in 115 developing and industrial countries for the six year period from 2004 to 2009. Some of the discoveries are the small businesses in more developed countries took a bigger hit from the financial crisis of 2008-2009.

To dive into any of these books, simply click on the title and you will be linked directly to the book.

Study in Your Bunny Slippers

Study and read in your bunny slippers. Here are more 24/7 e-books that you can browse in the wee hours of the morning. This collection is
focused on business and represents a fraction of the available books on this topic at Bellevue University Library.

Small business survival guide by Jason Reid

This small book is full of ideas, tips and practical advice for the small business owner or manager. The topics covered are marketing, personnel management, client management and internet advice for the small business owner or manager.

The mindful international manager : How to work effectively across cultures by Jeremy Comfort

This book is a practical guide for international managers and is written so the non-native English speaker can gain value from it. Full of practical advice from active managers on how to handle daily issues, such as, how to motivate, organize and coordinate your employees.

Enduring success: What we can learn from the history of outstanding corporations by Christian Stadler

This book zeros in on the world’s oldest successful companies to see how they do it. The author directed a team of researchers to study some of Europe’s oldest companies and came up with six who have survived for more than 100 years and have outperformed the market over the last half century.

Japan’s open future: An agenda for global citizenship by John Haffner

This book examines the economic future of Japan, including some of the stagnant areas and ways to overcome these obstacles.

Create a Healthier You in 2012!

Have you made a New Year’s resolution yet? If you are one of the many who resolve to become healthier this year, this blog may give you some ideas to get you started.  Here is a list of a few websites to help you on your way.

Fatsecret.com (http://www.fatsecret.com) What is FatSecret?  “FatSecret is a place for people interested in food and diet. Sign up and achieve your food, diet and exercise goals. We think our features such as easily recording your food and exercise, keeping a lifetime record of your weight, finding buddies to support you and discovering recipes that are right for you are pretty special, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You can use your FatSecret profile with many other services like Facebook, iGoogle and even on your mobile phone. FatSecret is your one-stop-shop for all things food and diet – the secret is out! “

American Council on Exercise (http://www.acefitness.org) This site offers many ideas for fitness fanatics including tips for the holidays and perfect fitness gifts to news about the ACE certification exams.

Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research  (http://www.cooperinst.org) Believes in preventing disease through healthy lifestyle changes.

Fitness Jumpsite (http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner) This site offers a fitness links for every component of a fit life, including activity ideas, nutrition tips and book reviews.

In Brief: The Foundations of Lifelong Health (http://vimeo.com/18623166) A video presentation on how the tangible links between what goes on inside our bodies impacts our health throughout our lives.

Wellness Council of the Midlands (http://www.wellnesscouncil.org) Promotes healthier lifestyles through worksite programs.

Spark People (http://www.sparkpeople.com) This site is a good one to get you motivated to follow a fitness plan. It has success stories, calorie and exercise tracking tools and recipes to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Health.gov (http://health.gov/DietaryGuidelines/) “A healthy diet can reduce the risk of major chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers.The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 provides evidence-based nutrition information and advice for people age 2 and older. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.”

Hungry Girl (http://www.hungrygirl.com) “Hungry Girl is not a nutritionist. She’s just hungry. Lisa Lillien (a.k.a. Hungry Girl) is a New York Times best-selling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand. She is the founder of www.hungry-girl.com, the free daily email service that entertains and informs hungry people everywhere. Lisa is a typical woman battling the same food issues most females struggle with every day. She considers herself a “foodologist,” not because she has some kind of fancy degree, but because she is obsessed with food –– how wonderful it is, and how much of it she can eat and still fit into her pants.”

Delicious Decisions (http://www.deliciousdecisions.org)  A site sponsored by the American Heart Association which gives tips and recipes on healthy eating.

Fast Food Facts (http://www.foodfacts.info/) A site that gives nutritional facts on fast food restaurant food.

Food and Nutrition Information Center (http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic) FNIC, partially sponsored by the US government and the University of Maryland’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science, is dedicated to collecting and disseminating information a

Food Labeling and Nutrition (http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/flg-toc.html) Another site by the US government that provides information on food labeling.

The Bellevue University Library has many resources to help you with the challenge of living a healthy lifestyle, including these LibGuides – Wellness for Life, Nutrition,  and Stress Management.

Healthy Eating During the Holidays

It’s easy to find articles and websites dedicated to healthy eating during the holidays, but there are some common tips offered by many. Here is a short list of some of the healthy eating tips I found:

1. Make time for exercise and increase it if you can. Don’t let all of those holiday events throw off your routine. Like anything else, exercise has to be planned. Make a plan and stick to it.
2. Many holiday recipes can be altered to a lower fat version.
3. Remember holiday drinks can not only add calories but also lower your resistance for unhealthy food choices.
4. Pay attention to what really matters. Although food is an integral part of the holidays, put the focus on family and friends, laughter and cheer.
5. Don’t skip meals or go to a holiday party famished. When you’re hungry, your ability to make healthy choices decreases. Eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the day to curb the appetite before the holiday feast.
6. Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate balanced.
7. Watch out for liquid calories, they come from high sugar/fat beverages and can add up quickly. Drink water regularly throughout the day to quench your thirst.
8. Be flexible in your diet. One bad meal won’t ruin your diet completely.
9. Avoid the office hot spots. Offices are notorious for an endless amount of delivered sweets. Limit yourself to one treat per day. Take healthy snacks to work.
10. Get enough sleep. Many people overeat when they are tired to keep up their energy.

These tips came from the following resources:

Interview with a Library Practicum Student

Recently, Linda Black, reference specialist, got to know one of our current library practicum students, Karla Malone. Here’s what Karla told her about herself.

Currently, I am working as an Accounting Clerk at The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters here in Omaha. I decided to go back to school a few years ago, and entered the Pre-Pharmacy program at UNO. When I realized that Chemistry and I weren’t a good fit, I started looking at other programs at UNO, eventually discovering the Library program in Teacher Education.

I had considered Library Science as a career when I was in high school, and then again when I decided to go back to school in 2001. Due to family responsibilities, I needed to attend school in the Omaha area, but I couldn’t find any schools offering a Library program locally, so I chose a different field at that time.

I will graduate in August of 2012, with a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Library Science.  I am planning to pursue my Master’s as well.

For the practicum, I was instructed to choose three libraries where I would like to work. Since I am not sure of the type of library that I want to work in, I chose one from each area: Public, Academic, and Special libraries. When deciding which academic library I would like to work in, I considered several factors. I wanted a library that had multiple staff members so that I would be exposed to diverse training and opinions, without having a staff so large that I would never interact with them all.  After some research, I chose the Bellevue University Library as my best option.

I have really enjoyed learning about all of the different positions here, but the position that I have enjoyed most was Technical Services with Casey, especially the archives and acquisitions. From this experience, I have become much more knowledgeable about the variety of duties encompassed by the library staff, but I think the most valuable thing that I have gained during my time here is the friendships that I have made.

Email Etiquette LibGuide

Have you ever wondered what to say in a business e-mail or how to write a concise email message but  still get your point across?  The Bellevue University Library has a Libguide, “Effective Email: Etiquette and Communication which can help you find answers to these questions. 

This guide has lists of reference, electronic and circulating books, as well as recommended websites and databases on this topic. Some of the books include: E-mail: A write it well guide; 140 characters: A style guide for the short form; Always on: Language in an online and mobile world; The E-policy handbook; and Writing for the Internet.

The websites are also valuable resources on this topic and include: Email Netiquette from Yale University, E-mail guidelines and etiquette from Virginia Tech, and Writing Effective E-Mail: Top 10 Tips.

These great resources can be found by going to http://libguides.bellevue.edu/ and selecting this guide or one of the other informative guides. You can browse topics by subject, author, or most popular status.