ResourceShelf Week 185

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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 12:07:37 +0100
Subject: ResourceShelf Reminder -- Week 184
Reply-To: Gary Price <gary@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Gary Price <gary@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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Week 185
October 14, 2004
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ResourceShelf is Compiled and Edited by
Gary D. Price, MLIS
Gary Price Library Research and Internet Consulting gary@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Contributing Editors
+ Shirl Kennedy, MLIS
+ Dan Giancaterino, MLIS
+ Steven Cohen, MLS

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Resources of the Week
Another two for you to explore.

1) International Business--Online Courses
Source: Michigan State University Center for International Business and
Education and Research (MSU-CIBER)

globalEDGE Online Course Modules
The resource we're discussing here this week is a series of online course 
modules recently added to the Academy section of the website. Developed by 
MSU-CIBER through a U.S. Department of Education grant, these courses are 
organized into eight areas:
- Doing Business In (Africa, Brazil, China, Japan, Latin America, Southeast
Asia, the European Union, the Middle East)
- Culture (Culture, Ethics, International Negotiations, World Religions)
- Exporting (e.g., budgeting, costing, financing, pricing, etc.)
- Market Research & Entry (e.g, assessment, modes of entry, sources of 
- Functions (e.g., logistics, marketing, sourcing, etc.)
- Legal Aspects (e.g., world legal systems, tariffs, etc.)
- Agricultural Business (e.g., subsidies, market access, WTO Agreement on 
Agriculture, etc.)
- Other (Formulation of the European Union, International Monetary 
Systems,Regionalization and Trading Blocs)

A detailed description is provided for each course module. Most modules 
contain "cases or anecdotes, a glossary of terms, quiz questions, and a 
list of references where applicable." No special software is required to 
access this material; the courses work with Internet Explorer 5.5 or 
higher, Netscape 7.1, Mozilla 1.6 or higher, Firefox 0.8 or higher.

2) Election Laws--United States
Source: National Association of Secretaries of State
State Election Laws & Administration Issues
Remember Florida's "hanging chads" during the election of 2000? How about 
the "vote early and often" policy of certain Chicago politicians in the 
early part of the 20th century? Where do you go for concise information on 
election laws and regulations enacted to deal with these and other infamous 
events? The answer is the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Their site contains tables with summaries of each U.S. state's rules and 
regulations (plus citations to statutes or regulations whenever available) on:

+ Absentee Ballot Deadlines
+ Absentee Voting (included the list of 29 excuses allowed)
+ Automatic Recounts
+ Central Statewide Voter Registration Systems
+ Counting Absentee Ballots
+ Definition of a Valid Vote on Optical Scan Systems
+ Definition of a Valid Vote on Punch Card Systems
+ Early Voting
+ Polling Place Accessibility and Voter Assistance
+ Post Election Recount/Contest Timetable
+ Post Election Certification Timetable
+ Provisional Ballots
+ Provisions re: Election Day Workers
+ Recount Provisions (two tables' worth of info)
+ States with Same-Day Voter Registration
+ Student Election Day Workers
+ Voter Registration Deadlines
The site also lets you use a pull-down list to go directly to a particular 
state's Department of State Web site. (Alas, some of the links are broken 
and you may have to prowl a bit to find what you want.)

Professional Reading Shelf

Intranet Trends to Watch For
"The trends identified below based on experiences with several large 
organizations will give you a hint of what's coming and how to prepare for 
the next wave in your intranet's evolution. Be careful, some of these 
trends may already be moving across your organization. Make sure that 
you're ready for them."

Unstructured Information<
Source: GCN
Attensity finds scattered data
"A company partly funded by the CIA has introduced a new version of an 
application suite aimed at extracting useful information from unstructured 
data, a rich source of information that's so far been left mostly untouched 
by data-mining tools."

Public Libraries--Children's Services
Source:  North Suburban Library System
  Know Kidding
"Thanks to an LSTA grant, NSLS and a team of 40 youth services librarians 
created a handbook for staff in public libraries."

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists,
Source: Industry Canada
Recently Updated Report, Telecommunications Service in Canada: An Industry 
"This Telecommunications Service Industry Reference Tool provides an 
overview of economic activity, financial performance, and corporate and 
regulatory developments in the Canadian communications service industries. 
The publication draws on information brought together from several 
different publicly available sources and Web sites, including those of 
Statistics Canada, the key service providers, and the Canadian 
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)."

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Professional Reading Shelf
Public Libraries--United States
Source: U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
Just Released, Results of Analysis of Trends in Public Libraries, 1990-2002

Research Libraries
Debut Issue: Global Resources Newsletter

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
Business Schools--Lists & Rankings
Source: Business Week
Recently Released, Best Business Schools 2004

Intellectual Property--United States
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
Just Released, Report of the Department of Justice's Task Force on
Intellectual Property

+ Thomson West Announces Next-Generation Business Information and News
Technologies Powered by Westlaw

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Professional Reading Shelf
Academic Libraries--Rare Books
Source: The Daily Princetonian
Rare books collection is among world's largest

Government Secrecy--United States
Building Our Own 'Iron Curtain': The Emergence of Secrecy in American

Reference Reviews
Peter Jacso's Digital Reference Shelf, October 2004 is Now Online
This month Dr. Jacso reviews:
+ Kluwer Journals Online
+ SAGE Journals Online
NOTE: A free trial of SAGE Journals Online is available for the remainder 
of the month.

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
Congressional Research Service
Source: CRS (via IPMall)
4 Recently Updated Reports
+ "Spam": An Overview of Issues Concerning Commercial Electronic Mail
+ Internet Privacy: Overview and Pending Legislation
+ Internet: An Overview of Key Technology Policy Issues Affecting Its Use 
and Growth
+ Internet Privacy: Law Enforcement Monitoring of E-Mail and Web usage
Automobiles--United States
Source: EPA
Just Released, Model Year 2005 Fuel Economy Guide

+ Factiva Content Coming to LexisNexis
+ Infotrieve Makes an Acquisition

Monday, October 11, 2004

OCLC Opens Up the Complete WorldCat Database to Web Engines and Other
Read all about it, including commentary by Gary and Steven.

Professional Reading Shelf
Government Information
Source GPO
GPO Unveils Concept for World Class System to Manage Official Government 

Source: Chicago Tribune
Site tracks and charts terrorism information

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
Computer Security--List & Rankings
Source SANS
The Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities (Updated)

Prescription Drugs
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project:
Prescription Drugs Online

+ Anacubis Launches New Version of Its Desktop Tool

Sunday, October 10, 2004
Professional Reading Shelf
Scholarly Publishing
Source: LISU
New Report, Scholarly Journal Prices: Selected trends and comparisons

Source: Association for Library Service to Children, American Association 
of School Librarians, Young Adult Library Services AssociationWho Owns Snow 
White? Copyright Issues for Youth Services Librarians

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
Source: CRS (via FAS)
The National Intelligence Director and Intelligence Analysis

Pipeline Safety--Statistics
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation
Pipeline Safety Statistics

Researching News on Westlaw: See Articles Once, but not a Thousand Times

Saturday, October 9, 2004

Professional Reading Shelf
Topic Maps
Source: Computerworld
A Quick Intro to Topic Maps
Government Documents--Security
Source: Federal Computer Week
GAO policy reflects security concerns

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
Sports--United States
Source: National Museum of American History
New Online Exhibition: Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
Non-Profits--United States--Databases
Updated information on Guidestar

Friday, October 8, 2004

Source: CIA
Keyword Search and Cluster Results From Recently Released CIA WMD Report

Professional Reading Shelf
Federated Searching
Source: Peter Jacso
Internet Insights - Thoughts about Federated Searching

Digital Archives
Source: Information Today
Washington State Launches Digital Archive System

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
2 New Reports Issued by the U.S. Census Bureau
+ Consolidated Federal Funds Report for Fiscal Year 2003 (State and County 
+ Federal Aid to States for Fiscal Year 2003

Displaced Persons--Map
Source: Global IDP (Internally Displaced Person) Project
Internally Displaced People Worldwide 2004 (.gif; 118 KB)

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Resources of the Week
Two entries this week.
1) Art--Online Images
Source: Allan Kohl, art historian and Visual Resources Librarian at the 
Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
Art Images for College Teaching
2) Business Research
OPIC Information Gateway
One of the best places to seek global information by country or region is 
the Information Gateway provided by the Overseas Private Investment
Corporation (OPIC).

Professional Reading Shelf
Source: UNESCO
UNESCO Workshop on Future of e-Books

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
Source: CIA
Iraq--Weapons of Mass Destruction
Just Released, Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the Director 
of Central Intelligence on Iraq's WMD

Cyberspace--Legal Issues
Digital Media--Legal Issues
Source: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
Two Presentations by Berkman Center Executive Director John Palfrey

Employment--Canada--Lists & Rankings
Source: Macleans
Just Released, Canada's Top 100 Employers (2004)

Weather--United States
Source: NOAA
NOAA U.S. Winter Outlook

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