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One Year to an Organized Financial Life, by Regina Leeds

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How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Have you – like most - veered off course? If you need a source of motivation, check out One Year to an Organized Financial Life, by Regina Leeds.

There are some books that pepper good advice with hokey anecdotes. This isn’t one of them. Instead, every page – really, every page! – includes several sensible, practical tips. One could certainly follow it week by week, but there’s no need. It’s organized so that anyone can readily find relevant information, whether it’s as basic as evaluating your relationship with money, or as complex as playing the stock market.

One Year to an Organized Financial Life is simple, straightforward, and packed (and I use that term deliberately!) with useful information. No pictures, anecdotes, or “filler” material. Check it out today!

"I'm in PR"

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Any devoted Sex and the City fan will recall that Samantha, in between flings, works in PR. Although we see her attending parties in various episodes, PR is about much more than socializing. Indeed, in order to be successful in PR, you must have tact, diplomacy, and a way with words.

If you’ve got a Calgary Public Library card, you can access Effective Writing Skills for Public Relations, by John Foster, from home. Here’s how:

From our e-library, select Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. From the list of databases, choose Gale Virtual Reference Library. From the list of topics, choose Business, and you’ll see this book there, among many others.

Whether you need to brush up on your grammar, or you need a bit of direction in determining which style may be appropriate, check out Effective Writing Skills for Public Relations. Take your writing from fine to “fabulous”, as Samantha would say.

Debt-Free Forever, by Gail Vaz-Oxlade

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I don’t have a television, so when I visit family who do, I’m always eager to indulge in guilty pleasures. One such pleasure is the Slice channel, which has a constant flow of programming dedicated to saving money and marriages, training unruly dogs, and losing weight.

So, I was instantly drawn to Debt Free Forever, when it appeared on our shelf of new books. Debt Free Forever is written by Gail Vaz-Oxlade, a tough talking advisor who whips indebted couples into financial shape through a series of budgeting challenges, and a common sense approach to saving and spending. You can watch her in action on the Slice channel, on Til Debt do us Part.

I read this book with great interest! Even though I don’t have the crippling student and consumer debt that a lot of young individuals and couples do, I still found that the book had plenty of practical advice.

No matter how indebted you may be, Vaz-Oxlade will convince you that you can start to remedy your situation today. Not only that, but she lays out a simple, easy-to-follow strategy for getting it done. But it’s not only those who struggle with debt and repayment who can benefit from her advice. This book is full of tips that are easy to implement, and lays out sensible financial routines that can be adopted by anyone.

Check our Debt Free Forever and turn a new page in 2010!

The Tyranny of e-mail, by John Freeman

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Working at the library allows me to see a constant stream of new books. I love browsing through the ever shifting array of interesting titles, and what’s not to love about this one:

The Tyranny of e-mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to your Inbox, by John Freeman.

Of course I had to check it out!

The content of this book wasn’t really what I expected it to be, and yet I enjoyed it nonetheless – perhaps even more than if it had turned out to be what I expected. I thought it would be a tirade against the dominance of the inbox. Tyranny certainly makes no bones about email onslaught being a negative thing, however, instead of devoting time to complaining about it, Freeman devotes about a third of the book to discussing the rise of written communication – all the way from the first etchings on stone tablets, to the incredible growth of the internet. He then describes the current state of email tyranny, before going on to make a series of recommendations about how to free ourselves.

I would definitely recommend this book to those who are interested in communications. It would be an excellent addition or supplement to a Communications Studies 101 or General Studies 101 type of class.

Read Tyranny over the Christmas holidays, and return to work with new strategies for coping with deluges of e-mail!

Business Central

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The Calgary Public Library has a fee-for-service department called Research Plus, which produces a monthly newsletter called Business Central. Business Central includes information about the resources we use, as well as book reviews, and information about upcoming library programs. If you’d like more information about Research Plus, or if you’d like to receive the Business Central newsletter (it’s electronic!), don’t hesitate to call 260-2712. Additionally, check out the Research Plus blog, on our homepage!

Small Business Fair

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If you’ve ever considered establishing your own small business, take the opportunity to visit the Central Library on October 20th. We’ll be hosting a Small Business Fair, and you’ll have the opportunity to network with small business owners, and attend a lunch and learn session.

The road to small business ownership begins with a good idea, and plenty of resources. On our website is an e-library, through which you can access (among many other resources) sample business plans and reputable, comprehensive business directories. Additionally, our Best Websites, stored on delicious, can provide you with all sorts of information from Statistics Canada, Industry Canada, and the federal, provincial and municipal governments. Our reference collections in the Business, Sciences and Social Sciences department are sure to either answer your questions, or help you think of new ones. So, let our staff show you the wealth of information that is available to you! Assisting you in your search for information is our business!

We'll help you answer questions like:

  • Which Calgarian companies do business with China?
  • Can I get a list of all the catering companies in Calgary?
  • How much money do Canadians usually spend per year, on fast food?
  • What kind of business license do I need to have?

For more information about the Small Business Fair, please contact Evette Berry at

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