New Movies for April: Part 2

April 16th, 2014

Here are the rest of this month’s DVD titles:

Mad Men, season 6
Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Mr. Nobody
Odd Thomas
Out of the Furnace
The Patience Stone
Pulling Strings
Saving Mr. Banks
The Wolf of Wall Street

You may browse the entire DVD collection via the library catalog.

Book Reviews: New on the ‘Net

April 15th, 2014

Forty years ago, a paper published by Vinton G. Cerf and Robert E. Kahn (‘A Protocol for Packet Network Interconnection‘) detailed the network communication protocols that would become TCP/IP – the packet switching technology that made the internet possible.  TCP/IP moves data from A to Z, and some call it the most significant development in internet history.  The authors, now in their 70’s, changed the world; but their names are only known to internet history geeks.  This post, detailing new books about the internet, is dedicated to them.

without permissionWithout Their Permission : how the 21st century will be made, not managed by Alexis Ohanian.  Co-founder of the website uses his own experience as an internet entrepreneur to guide other innovators in dealing with the ups and downs of launching a new product, finding a market and dealing with venture capitalists.  He also reveals his personal story and discusses his ideas on a variety of topics, to inspire others to live up to their potential as inventors.

smarter than u thinkSmarter Than You Think : how technology is changing our minds for the better by Clive Thompson. Several books explaining the negative effect of the internet on thinking and relationships have been reviewed here, including The Shallows and Alone Together.  These books describe the adverse consequences of internet use on attention, learning and memory as well as the deteriorating ability to think deep thoughts or form deep friendships.  By contrast, Clive Thompson’s new book describes the positive effects of our digital experience.  The internet is producing a new style of human intelligence that is more global and more intuitive.  He explains how modern technology is making people better connected and more intelligent, enabling people to solve significant problems for the individual and society. Also available as an audiobook.

end of bigThe End of Big : how the internet makes David the new Goliath by Nicco Mele.
The first generation of computers belonged to universities, corporations, government and the military, which controlled their use.  40 years later, the dominant communications technologies – the PC, the internet and mobile phones – place enormous political and economic power in the hands of individuals, which is disrupting traditional ways of running political campaigns, reporting the news, providing government services, managing businesses, providing entertainment and changing societies.  Media strategist Nicco Mele calls for newly powerful institutions like Facebook, Google and Twitter to play a civic role in our newly radicalized world.  Thoughtful material is presented in a choppy style perhaps more suited to a blog. Also available as an audiobook.

roinfluenceReturn on Influence : the revolutionary power of Klout, social scoring, and influence marketing by Mark W. Schaefer.  Individuals are influenced more by the people with whom they interact than by the messages they get from mass media.  Today most consumers access social networks through broadband connections in their homes and mobile phones in their pockets, and influence is widely distributed.  Individuals have great opportunities to be influential and to be influenced.  Marketing consultant Mark Schaeffer describes the strategies that brands use to build networks, to provide compelling content, and to create advocates who will distribute the content virally.

dot-complicatedDot Complicated : untangling our wired lives by Randi Zuckerberg. The older sister of Mark Zuckerberg and former Director of Market Development for Facebook is now Editor-In-Chief of a digital lifestyle website, Dot Complicated.  Her new book of the same name is about how social media have made our lives more complex, and how we can balance our connected world with our real-time world of family, friends and coworkers who stand beside us every day.

© Reviewer: Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
All rights reserved.

New Movies for April: Part 1

April 14th, 2014

Our first DVD titles for the month are:

47 Ronin
American Hustle
Anchorman 2
The Book Thief
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Delivery Man
La Grande Bellezza
Knights of Badassdom

You may browse the entire DVD collection via the library catalog.

Library Web Site Emergency Maintenance

April 9th, 2014

Ford Library’s web site will be going offline now (for 15-20 mins.) for emergency maintenance. Sorry for the short notice & inconvenience.

Book Reviews: Beyond Consulting and Finance

April 7th, 2014

At graduation, more than half of Fuqua students accept permanent positions in consulting or finance.  But there are a host of other industries beyond those two, and the Ford Library’s collection features books about the best of them.  Here are three new books about industries that students may not have considered.

blockbustersBlockbusters : hit-making, risk-taking, and the big business of entertainment by Anita Elberse
A Harvard Business School professor describes how the entertainment industry works, presenting evidence that blockbuster strategies produce the greatest returns and explaining why these strategies are so successful.  Executives who place their bets on a handful of films, shows and concerts, invest heavily in their development, support them with promotional spending and distribute them widely, generate the most profits.  Those who follow more risk-averse strategies fall behind.  This book also analyzes the role of superstars and new digital technologies. Also available as an audiobook.

overbookedOverbooked : the exploding business of travel and tourism by Elizabeth Becker
The travel industry is one of the largest industries in the world and among the most environmentally destructive.  Yet it also plays a role in widening the appreciation of different cultures and transferring wealth from rich to poor nations. Former New York Times correspondent Elizabeth Becker uses her own experiences traveling the world to discuss the impact of tourism on local citizens, including changes in culture, destruction of religious venues, skyrocketing cost of living, unsustainable coastal development and forced relocation of local people.

junkyardJunkyard planet : travels in the billion-dollar trash trade by Adam Minter
Not likely to be an employment destination for Fuqua students, the worldwide recycling industry is interesting nonetheless.  A professional journalist presents the hidden world of the globalized trade in trash and explains how the junk that homeowners recycle in their curbside bins is collected and shipped to distant locations like India or China, where it is reprocessed into other goods and resold profitably.

© Reviewer: Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
All rights reserved.

Library Catalog Maintenance, April 5-6

April 4th, 2014

Duke University Libraries IT staff will be conducting scheduled maintenance of the Library Online Catalog on Saturday and Sunday (April 5-6).

On Saturday (April 5), users will not be able to place hold requests, renew items online, or otherwise login to access their library accounts from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM. Searching of the catalog should not be affected.

On Sunday (April 6), catalog searches will be unavailable from 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM.

Thanks for your patience during this scheduled maintenance.

Database News: Hoover’s Online Replaced

April 2nd, 2014

The state-wide library consortium (NCLIVE) that provided Duke University Libraries’ access to Hoover’s Online has replaced Hoover’s Online with a new product, Mergent Intellect. The announcement below is taken from the NCLIVE web site.

Mergent Intellect is a business intelligence application that provides access to private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, and industry profiles. Intellect is powered by the same Dun & Bradstreet data found in Hoover’s, and will include content from D&B’s First Research market reports. Intellect allows users to build lists of up to 250 records for export or print, and also includes a residential record search with list building capabilities not currently offered within the Hoover’s product.

You can access Mergent Intellect from the “M” tab on our database list now, or from the library catalog after 12 noon on 4/3/14.

Please contact us at if you have questions or concerns.

Possible Database Downtime

March 28th, 2014

Business Source Complete & other EBSCO databases may be offline during vendor maintenance 9PM-11PM EDT on Friday, March 28.

From the EBSCO web site:

On Friday, 28 March 2014 your EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while we perform network upgrades. The service window is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EDT (-04:00 GMT). You may experience intermittent access to EBSCOhost products and services for the duration of the service window, which is scheduled to end at 11:00 PM EDT (-4:00 GMT).

Please let us know and check the EBSCOhost Support Alerts site for more details if you experience downtime beyond the service window.

Book Reviews: Bursting the Housing Bubble

March 27th, 2014

other-fingersLyons, Tom  and Richard Curran. Fingers: the man who brought down Irish Nationwide and cost us €5.4bn. Gill & Macmillan, 2013.

Bagli, Charles V. Other people’s money : inside the housing crisis and the demise of the greatest real estate deal ever made. Dutton, 2013. also available in audiobook format.

It has been 6 long years since the Great Recession began in 2008 and people are starting to ask how it happened that no Wall Street bankers were charged with crimes for their part in meltdown of the economy.  Taxpayers are asking why they covered the losses of the powerful, while ordinary citizens who owed money lost all their assets. Two new books in the Ford Library describe the origins of two financial crises, one in Ireland and the other in New York City, explaining what went wrong and who is to blame.

In Fingers, business journalists Tom Lyons and Richard Curran tell the story of Michael Fingleton, self-made man, one-time billionaire and banking legend, who as head of the Irish Nationwide Building Society was responsible for the second largest failure in Irish history.  The authors describe the greed and ambition of the CEO, as well as his autocratic style, effectively a one-man loan department.  They explore the reasons for the society’s failure, including mismanagement and a troubled culture.  They also expose how financial regulators knew about the problems at the bank for decades yet did nothing to induce change.  In the end, the bank’s failure cost the Irish taxpayers 5.4 billion euros, while Fingers and his political friends walked away.

Similarly across the pond, New York Times journalist Charles Bagli explains in Other People’s Money how international real estate mega-firm Tishman Speyer Properties and its partner, BlackRock, lost $4 billion on a single deal financed with almost zero equity.  Using this project as a lens into the housing bubble, Bagli explains that investors expected housing prices to rise perpetually while developers failed to anticipate resistance from established tenants.  Wall Street banks loaned billions to the developers despite inadequate cash flow expectations because they rebundled the loans and sold them to investors.  In the end, Tishman Speyer and BlackRock walked away from the property unscathed, while the investment losses by public employee retirement funds flowed down to city budgets and to individual retirement accounts.

Both books are clear first person accounts of titanic failures that explain the causes and consequences of the real estate bubble in the early 21st century.  Both are recommended.

© Reviewer: Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
All rights reserved.

Book Review: On The Edge

March 17th, 2014

on-edgeLevine, Alison.  On the edge : the art of high-impact leadership. Business Plus, 2014.also available in Kindle and audiobook formats.

Alison Levine completed her MBA at the Fuqua School in 2000 and has remained active with the School, serving in leadership roles at both the Fuqua/Coach K Center for Leadership and Ethics, as well as Fuqua’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship.  Outside of Duke, Levine has held positions of leadership in a variety of other nonprofit organizations worldwide. In 2003, she served as Deputy Finance Director for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful campaign for Governor. She also founded the Climb High Foundation, a nonprofit organization that trains women in third world countries to be mountain guides and porters in their local mountains so they can benefit from climbing- and trekking-related tourism.  Alison is currently the co-chair of the West Coast chapter of 85 Broads, a member of the Association of Women MBAs and was a founding member of World Wildlife Fund’s Young Partners in Conservation.  A popular and talented keynote speaker, Levine is also an adjunct professor at the US Military Academy at West Point.

In 2002, Levine served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition and she returned to Mt. Everest in 2010 to climb to the summit.  These adventures form the basis for her best-selling new book, On the Edge.  For Levine, mountain climbing is a metaphor for endurance, willpower and achievement.  Her book is about the leadership lessons that she learned during those two climbs – the need for teamwork, moral character and emotional intelligence.  She explains that preparedness is key to success and advises readers to condition for sleep deprivation, even for those whose challenges take place in the office.  Levine uses vivid descriptions of environmental hardships on the mountains to explain that while we cannot control our environment, we can control the way we react to it.  She also explains that backtracking does not necessarily mean you are losing ground, if you are strengthening the foundation of your effort.

Levine chose the women for her team on her first attempt to summit Mount Everest by using telephone interviews.  She “screened for aptitude, then hired for attitude.”  She chose experienced team members who were confident about their skills and felt proud to be members of the team.  As a skilled leader, she developed personal relationships with individual team members to build loyalty and trust, and fostered relationships with those who offered encouragement and support.

In addition to serving as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, Levine also achieved the Adventure Grand Slam, climbing the highest peak on every continent (the Seven Summits), and skiing to both the North and South Poles.  In addition to her successes, Levine details her mistakes.  She describes her own bad judgment during a climb up the Carstensz Pyramid in western New Guinea, as she put herself in danger without proper equipment.  Also compelling was her description of her skiing to the South Pole in 2008.  As the weakest team member, she learned from her leaders to help others compensate for their vulnerabilities.   Levine lays out her story with candor and humor.  Her engaging book is highly recommended.

© Reviewer: Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
All rights reserved.