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In Good Companies

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I lead Career Tours at the Central Library for a variety of groups. Most of the participants are newcomers and immigrants who are highly educated, multilingual and eager to secure meaningful employment in their new land. I show them how to access the newspaper, job ads, print resources and programs. And I also show them how to find information about companies for which they may wish to work.

Here are some of the tools that I always ensure I mention:

Reference USA. This database will allow you to generate lists of companies, using SIC or NAICS codes, or keywords. Find who you’re looking for, even when you’re not sure who you’re looking for. Download financial and contact information into a spreadsheet that you can keep for your reference.

Business Source Complete. Find articles about companies’ histories, SWOT analyses and stock market reports - current and comprehensive information is not typically provided on companies’ own websites. You’ll be amazed at what a single keyword can generate. This is not your grandmother’s Google!

Canadian Newsstand. This archive allows you to search for news and magazine articles about your company. Has it ever been sued? Has it won awards? Has it been listed in any Top-10 type rankings? What are some of its most recently announced projects (or disasters)?

If you need help accessing information about a particular company, then drop by the information desk, give us a call, or strike up a chat through our homepage. We’re happy to help guide you through the electronic jungle, and hopefully, towards bigger and better employment opportunities. Good luck!

TechKnow Tuesdays, fall 2011

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If you’re downtown on Tuesdays over the noon hour, then drop in for TechKnow Tuesdays, our brief introductions to a variety of databases and social media tools. No need to register – just pop in – and bring your lunch, if you like. Here’s the schedule for our upcoming sessions:

11-Oct

Art Databases and Websites

18-Oct

Cool Internet Tools for Genealogists

25-Oct

Introduction to ESL Online Resources

1-Nov

Career and Job Searching Online

8-Nov

Introduction to E-Books

15-Nov

Introduction to ESL Online Resources

22-Nov

Good Reads and Social Media

29-Nov

Movies and Film Online

6-Dec

Introduction to Facebook

13-Dec

Introduction to Twitter

20-Dec

Citizenship Test Resources Online

The Other F Word: Frugality!

by Katherine - 3 Comment(s)

One of my goals is to manage my money more effectively. So I typically browse through basic books or blogs on budgeting (spot the alliteration, kids!). In the reams of top 20 lists and collections of tidbits and tips, one piece of advice resounds again and again: use your library. Libraries allow you to borrow books for free, but it’s much more than that. Here are some more ways that your library allows you to stay frugal:

Libraries might encourage you to cancel your magazine or newspaper subscriptions, because many of these can be read online, with your library card. You might decide to borrow a movie rather than renting one, or perhaps you’ll attend a free screening in the library’s theatre. You might learn a new skill by attending a free program – perhaps one about budgeting – or renting an instructional DVD. You could use library books or databases to learn about fixing a car, bike or appliance, and spare yourself the cost of buying a new one. Explore our collections about cooking and learn to prepare healthy, frugal meals. Home cooking is a huge opportunity to exercise frugality! Attend some of the library’s special programs and speak with a lawyer, doctor, or career coach, for free! Check out the program guide for free concerts, and free access to our Writer in Residence.

Not all of our entertainment and enjoyment need be expensive. In fact, the library is a great place in which to instill a sense of frugality in your children. And children who have a sense of how money can be saved in simple ways will be well on their way to managing money when they’re adults.

Exploring the e-library

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Whenever I participate in community outreach on behalf of the Calgary Public Library, the one comment I am bound to hear more often than any other is: “I didn’t know you guys had that!”

I wish that more Calgarians knew about the tremendous resources at their fingertips. So, I’m encouraging you to take a tour of our newly designed website. Check out some of these resources:

  • daily newspapers from Calgary and around the world
  • hundreds of digitized magazines and magazine articles
  • business directories
  • encyclopedias
  • language learning software
  • free e-books
  • academic and peer reviewed articles
  • reliable information about health and wellness

What I’ve listed here is just a small sample of all that’s available to you! If you’re not sure how to get started, then strike up a conversation with us, using our online chat feature. Happy browsing!

Market Share Reporter

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There’s a wealth of really fabulous resources available to Calgary Public Library cardholders, through our e-library. One of my favourites is a digital edition of Market Share Reporter. This comprehensive book has statistics about all sorts of markets, and who (or which product) enjoys the largest share of the market. Check out some of these diverse statistics:

  • Avocado Sales by Type
  • Best-Selling Albums
  • Demand for Pesticides, by Application

Market Share Reporter is an essential tool for entrepreneurs who need current statistics about their market and closest competitors. It’s also fun to simply dig up obscure facts. For instance, did you know that in 2012, China will spend over $260 billion on apparel?

From our homepage, click e-library and then Business, Directories, Investment & Careers. From the list of databases, choose Gale Directory Library Online. Choose “publication” and search using the term “market”. You will find Market Share Reporter and will be able to search for a particular term, or browse all of the topics.

For assistance with this or any of our other online tools, call us at 260-2782, or visit our homepage and use the online chat feature.

Royal Fever!

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Have you caught the bug? I’ll admit that I have. Initially, I wasn’t interested in anything that transpires at Buckingham Palace, but now that William and Kate have wed, and her dress has finally been revealed to the world, I find that I’m getting swept up in the royal excitement. I even curtsied to my lunch date today!

If the “wedding of the century” has got you curious about the royal family and its history, then make a stop at your local library branch. We’ve got lots of books about British history and the monarchy. You can even use Encyclopedia Britannica (online) to gather information about who’s related to whom, and browse pictures of the crown jewels.

Whether or not you care about Kate’s dress, the fact is that today, we’ve had the opportunity to witness history. Find out more about it, and about everything else you’re into, here at the Calgary Public Library.

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