Monday, March 10, 2014

World dataBank

World dataBank - Check out our featured database for March.  Economic and social indicators for over 200 countries for over 35 years.  Use this source to select and retrieve numerous datasets with rich, statistical country information.  The data sets cover a wide range of topics from agricultural statistics to women's share of population statistics.

Friday, November 22, 2013


The Bruno Library's featured database for Nov. is Passport (formerly Passport GMID -Global Market Information Database).  Here you will find research reports for various consumer, service and supply industries.  The reports include demographics, brand shares, statistics and other information on a global basis.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


is our featured database for the month of September.  With it being a subset of ReferenceUSA, many users might make this connection and already be familiar with some of it's capabilities. OneSource is an information-rich tool that can provide company profile information on US and international companies. One can find analyst's reports, company news, SWOT analyses, corporate "family-tree" orientations, balance sheet data, financials, etc., etc.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mine, Mill & Microchip: A Chronicle of Alabama Enterprise

by Wayne Flynt.  Overlooking the fact this is written by an Auburn professor, (Please forgive me...LOL!!!)...Professor Flynt's work is a coffee-table style book with lots of illustrations (some from UA's Special Collections Library).  Copies are available from Amazon. UA Libraries has copies as well. Check out this great work and see how things have changed in AL over the years!  Enjoyable to read/thumb through!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On the Wealth of Nations: Books that Changed the World

by P.J. O'Rourke

I heard about this book on a recent episode of Marketplace.   Host, Kai Ryssdal, did an interview with the author.  The interview is worth listening to and is very insightful.  I really enjoy listening to Marketplace and especially the current series on consumption.  Check it out.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Employee Engagement: Lessons from the Mouse House

by Pete Blank.

I recently had the opportunity and privilege to attend a staff workshop here in the UA Libraries titled, "Workplace Expectations."  Going into this workshop I did not know what to anticipate.  I wasn't really enthusiastic about going.  The moderator, Pete Blank, did an exceptional job and made the whole event enjoyable.  I highly recommend his book and if you ever get the chance to attend his workshops you will not be disappointed.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Streetwise Business Tips:

200 Ways to Get Ahead in Business, Most of Which I Learned the Hard Way. By Bob Adams.

I found this little jewel of a book at the Tuscaloosa Public Library book sale.  It has some great advice in it.  Composed of short, one-page anecdotal advice snippets.  For example on pg. 10 he explains that the easiest way to profits is to cut costs.  He states that if your profit margin is 5% and you are able to cut 5% in expenses then you have doubled your profit margin.  On the other hand, if you want to double your profit margin to 10% w/o cutting costs then you would have to increase sales by 100%...a much tougher thing to do!!!