Tagged: books

Holiday reading and de-stressing

Exams are upon us, and you’re probably already anticipating the break from school and stress, although holidays can bring on their own type of stress, with parties, gifts, visiting family and friends all becoming competing priorities. You are looking forward to winding down, but did you know: research shows that reading can be a great way to de-stress, while also improving your cognitive abilities and your understanding of other people?

This Wall Street Journal article discusses some of the known benefits of reading and suggests putting aside 30 minutes a day with a good book. We have plenty of books in the library to help you out with that. Check out my suggestions, some of which come from the Financial Times business book awards in the last couple years:

Sons of Wichita : how the Koch brothers became America’s most powerful and private dynasty by Daniel Schulman

The new new thing : a Silicon Valley story by Michael Lewis

Hatching Twitter : a true story of money, power, friendship, and betrayal by Nick BiltonGoogle

Your small business adventure : finding your niche and growing a successful business by James W. Halloran

Google : how Google works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

The hard thing about hard things : building a business when there are no easy answers / Ben Horowitz

 Private empire : ExxonMobil and American power / Steve CollThe_Org

ScarciThe_Power_of_Habitty : why having too little means so much / Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir

The org : the underlying logic of the office / Ray Fisman andTim Sullivan

The power of habit : why we do what we do in life and business / Charles Duhigg

Wine display for Wine Fest

Pop into the Kelowna library to check out the display created by Fran Drummond, in time for the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival!

The display includes books and reports about the BC wine industry (including reports by faculty members in the School of Business), books about marketing wine, wine labels and making wine– and many interesting bottles (empty– too bad) collected from around the Okanagan… check out some of the links below for books available at the library about the wine industry:

Value chain analysis and business strategy in the Okanagan wine industry : innovation in the Okanagan agricultural products cluster / Lee Cartier (also online)

Okanagan wine tourism industry economic impact report / prepared by Blair Baldwin, Stephen Mellows (also online)

Wine label language / Peter Saunders

Wine brands : success strategies for new markets, new consumers and new trends / Evelyne Resnickwine_display

Chardonnay and friends : varietal wines of British Columbia / John Schreiner

Cooking with BC wine : a guide to the wineries of British Columbia / Troy Townsin, Cheryl-Lynn Townsin

Menus from an orchard table : celebrating the food and wine of the Okanagan / Heidi Noble

Wine wars : the curse of the blue nun, the miracle of two buck chuck, and the revenge of the terroirists / Mike Veseth

Our Facebook pics of the display

Happy reading 🙂

New e-book collection

September is just around the corner, and to start the term we have a new e-book collection at the library. The Business Expert Press collection comprises 50 practical e-books on subjects such as Accounting, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Human Resources Management & Organizational Behaviour, International Business, Marketing, Management, and Supply & Operations Management.

You can find the collection here: Business Expert Press E-book Collection

Download e-books such as: China: Doing Business in the Middle Kingdom, Essential Concepts : Building of Cross-Cultural Management, Communication Strategies for Today’s Managerial Leader, and Consumer Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization.

IMPORTANT INFO ON DOWNLOADING: To download whole e-books– click on the title you wish to select > click on the InfoTools button above the title page > scroll to “Business Expert Press Options” and then “download this title”.

Front Cover

Earth Hour 2013

Saturday, March 23, 8:30 PM is Earth Hour! Will you join hundreds of millions of people this weekend to mark Earth Hour and promote the preservation of our planet? More than just turning off the lights, Earth Hour has momentum with their new “I Will If You Will” campaign. Create your own challenge on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter for positive action for the environment, or accept someone else’s challenge.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, and the movement has grown worldwide with cities, governments, and businesses joining in the event.

In prep for Saturday, check out these books on green/socially responsible/sustainable businesses in the library… light a candle, turn off the lights and squint your way through…

Front Cover  Ethical chic : the inside story of the companies we think we love

Ethical Chic is a lively and engaging look at the environmental, labor, and social practices of six legendary US companies. It’s a must-read for any consumer interested in spending their money in socially conscious ways.”—Sally Greenberg, executive director, National Consumers League

Front Cover  The new pioneers : sustainable business success through social innovation and social entrepreneurship

“If you are joining the social entrepreneurship revolution, or seeking to apply its principles in a mainstream business setting, this insightful and incredibly well researched book sets out the rules of the road ahead.” –John Grant, Author of Co-opportunity and The Green Marketing Manifesto

Front CoverWe first : how brands and consumers use social media to build a better world

“This is exactly the book that the world needs right now.  It’s our GPS for reaching the destination we must achieve: an intersection of business and consumerism that drives not just big profits but also greater good.”–Katya Andresen, COO Network for Good and author, Robin Hood Marketing

More books at the library on these topics: Social Responsibility of Business, Green Marketing, Business Enterprises- Environmental Aspects, Green Products

New Books for the (end of) Reading Week

Just in time for (the end) of mid-semester break… some new books at the Library, for your reading pleasure:

In the plex : how Google thinks, works, and shapes our lives / Steven Levy

“Steven Levy’s new account [of Google], In the Plex, is the most authoritative to date and in many ways the most entertaining.”

—James Gleick, The New York Review of Books

Your brain and business : the neuroscience of great leaders / Srinivasan S. Pillay

Insanely simple : the obsession that drives Apple’s success

Digital wars : Apple, Google, Microsoft and the battle for the Internet / Charles Arthur

Ethical chic : the inside story of the companies we think we love / Fran Hawthorne

The hour between dog and wolf : risk-taking, gut feelings and the biology of boom and bust / John Coates

A successful Wall Street trader turned Cambridge neuroscientist reveals the biology of financial boom and bust, showing how risk-taking transforms our body chemistry, driving us to extremes of euphoria or stressed-out depression. — book description

Soap, sex, and cigarettes : a cultural history of American advertising / Juliann Sivulka

Locavesting: the revolution in local investing and how to profit from it / Amy Cortese

The Facebook effect : the inside story of the company that is connecting the world / David Kirkpatrick

“Kirkpatrick gives the reader a detailed understanding of how the company grew from a 2004 Harvard dorm-room project into the world’s second-most-visited site after Google.”

–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Summer reading

Ebooks: Research at your fingertips!