Wednesday, June 18, 2008

First look at Firefox 3.0 from eWeek

Today from eWEEK's Emerging Technologies e-mail I linked to a slideshow of features for Firefox 3.0. Check it out via

For your convenience you can also use tiny url

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

IBM internships indiciative of IT needs? Green IT, Web 2.0 and virtual world

Came across the following in e-mail from Careers today:

"IBM Internships Map Out IT Priorities"
By Deb Perelman

"If its internship programs are any indication, IBM already knows what it wants to see in an IT department in the next five years: pros savvy in green IT, Web 2.0 and virtual-world technologies."
Within the article is a quote from Ryan Holt, a computer science student working as an intern: "A lot of what they teach you in school is technical skills, such as using certain methods to solve problems. But I'm learning a lot of people skills here."

Full article by Deb Perelman is available via

The quotes above were taken from that site.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Social Science Research Network --The Secret Is Out

Greetings, one of our favorite resources is getting attention from the New York Times. The Social Science Research Network, which GGUers can access from the GGU University Library database pages, provides working papers and other research reports. See the New York Times article at

The article indicates that the Social Science Research Network now offers "nearly 150,000 full-text documents for downloading." Most of the documents are in the fields of economics and law.

As with any resource available on the Internet, it is important to evaluate sources carefully. We have found SSRN to be quite helpful, and you may find the same. Why not explore it for topics you are researching?

How IT Can Better Understand Finance

In CIOzone email today, I came across an article by Ellen Pearlman, on "How IT Can Better Understand Finance"

Ellen Pearlman writes:

"Karen Berman and Joe Knight, co-owners of the Business Literacy Institute, have set about explaining the ins and outs of finance expressly for IT professionals. Having financial intelligence, they say, boils down to four skill sets:

Understanding the basics of financial measurement.
Understanding the art of finance and accounting when rules, estimates and assumptions need to be applied to numbers.
Understanding analysis.
Understanding the big picture so numbers are viewed in context."

The article in CIOzone includes information from Berman and Knight's new book,
Financial Intelligence for IT Professionals: What You Really Need to Know About the Numbers, published by Harvard Business Press, May 2008. The University Library ordered the book in early May. GGU University Library patrons who would like to see the book when it becomes available are welcome to stop by the Circulation Desk, call 415 442-7242 or send an e-mail to Gilles Poitras ( to put a hold on the book.

For help with research, GGU University Library patrons are invited to stop by the Reference Desk, call 415 442-7244, or e-mail You are also most welcome to attend super user-friendly University Library workshops and events.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Funding and Supporting Environmental Causes --Foundation Center Resource

Found the following today in my e mail alert from the Foundation Center, and thought WOW! Great list of Web resources as well as books and articles on Funding and Supporting Environmental Causes. Following is a quote from the Foundation Center website

"What roles can foundations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals play in addressing environmental issues and promoting sustainable practices? Find out by exploring the books and articles cited in our new topical resource list, Funding and Supporting Environmental Causes."

Quote from, retrieved June 7, 2008.

If you have not yet discovered Foundation Center resources, you are in for a treat!
Please note, too, that you can access the Foundation Center's Catalog of Nonprofit Literature directly from the GGU University Library database pages

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Copyright & Public Domain

Copyright in the United States (and worldwide!) can be a confusing topic. Fortunately, Cornell University provides a copyright duration chart that spells out what exactly is considered "public domain" with regards to print, sound recordings and architectural works.

The site also includes a PDF version of the chart that you can download and print out.