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:
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Inspiring Change.
International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.
Interested in how women have inspired change in the business world? Check out some new books in the library by and about women in business:
One of the most-read books of last year, by the COO of Facebook, one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World:
Other books about women in business to inspire you:
Closer to home, be inspired by one of Canada’s influential business women, of the popular Dragons’ Den TV series:
Also, check out some streaming videos and be inspired by the Yukon legislature’s first Native woman minister, learn about the wartime accomplishments of women in World War I, and why not check out more about the history of the women’s movement in Canada:
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”.
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…
“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
“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
“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
Just in time for (the end) of mid-semester break… some new books at the Library, for your reading pleasure:
“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
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
“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
Just in time for reading week! Here’s some new business titles at OC Library. Click on the links to check location and availability.
Is there a book you think OC Library should purchase? Let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Forces for good: the six practices of high-impact nonprofits / Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant
- Snakes in suits: when psychopaths go to work / Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare
- Steve Jobs / by Walter Isaacson
- Lords of finance : the bankers who broke the world / Liaquat Ahamed
- Foreign ownership of Canadian industry / A. E. Safarian
- The material child : growing up in consumer culture / David Buckingham
- The monstrous organization / Torkild Thanem
There are some new books on the OC Library shelves that may be of interest to BUAD students and faculty members.
Here’s a sample:
- Drinking from the fire hose: making smarter decisions without drowning in information / Christopher J. Frank and Paul Magnone. View record
- Engaging resistance : how ordinary people successfully champion change / Aaron D. Anderson. View record
- Juggernaut : how emerging markets are reshaping globalization / Uri Dadush & William Shaw. View record
- Tourism and poverty reduction : pathways to prosperity / Jonathan Mitchell and Caroline Ashley. View record
- Why she buys : the new strategy for reaching the world’s most powerful consumers / Bridget Brennan. View record
If you have a title you’d like to recommend to OC Library, please contact BUAD Liaison Librarian, Leanna Jantzi.