by Daniel Hanne, Business Librarian
Companies' Histories and more!!!
by Daniel Hanne, Business/General Reference Librarian (x4352)
The International Directory of Company Histories, in six volumes so far, (Ref HD 2721 I63 Ref Desk) presents the histories of companies worldwide that have $500 million or more in annual sales, some smaller companies included if they are leading influences in their industries or regions. Each volume covers particular industries though some are covered in more than one volume, Hotels, for example, are in Volumes Three and Six. There is usually three pages for each company including full address and sales as well as a list of further readings. The company's logo is included. Each volume has an index covering it and previous volumes.
The Airline Industry is the latest and eighth volume in the series "Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography" (Ref HC 102 E5). Articles in The Airline Industry include airlines (Aeromarine Airways, People Express, etc), important events (Air Mail Episode of 1934), landmark legislation (Air Mail Act of 1935, Air Commerce Act of 1926), key government agencies (Civil Aeronautics Administration), and pioneers (Howard Hughes, Eugene Vidal, etc.). This volume does not include separate articles on manufacturers (Boeing, Douglas, etc.) though the planes are mentioned in other articles. Most articles range from two to six pages and include photos, lists of further readings, and location of archives, if any. There is an index. The other titles in the "Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography" series are:
The Automobile Industry, 1896 to 1920
The Automobile Industry, 1920 to 1980
Banking and Finance to 1913
Banking and Finance, 1913 to 1989
Iron and Steel in the Nineteenth Century
Railroads in the Nineteenth Century
Railroads in the Age of Regulation
World Class Business (Ref HD 2755.5 M384) is subtitled A Guide to the 100 Most Powerful Global Corporations. For each company there is "basic data" (address, sales for the most recent year, etc), an "overview", a "history", a section on "operations" (major business activities), name and titles of "top executives", the same for "outside directors", "financial data" for five years, a "geographical breakdown" giving a range of the company's global activities, how the company deals with organized labor in "labor relations", issues relation to the company's impact on the physical environment in "environmental record", and a "bibliography" of major further readings on the company. In the cases of the Japanese keiretsus (Sumitomo, etc.) and the Korean chaebols (Daewoo, etc.) single chapters deal with more than one company. Appendices rank or list companies by factors such as Revenue, Net Income, and Headquarters Country. There is an index of names (company, people, products, and organizations).
A New CD-ROM for CIS:
The Reference Department CD-ROM collection now includes Computer Select, an index to some 170 computer industry publications and more. Use Computer Select to identify, evaluate, and select products, chose vendors, and monitor computer industry trends. The database consists of six sections offering full-text articles and abstracts, company profiles, a glossary of computer and telecommunications terms, and an online users' guide. Included in the data are product specifications for over 75,000 hardware, software, and data communications products as well as more than 13,000 manufacturers' profiles.
We also receive the Science Citation Index on CD-ROM now. It is on the same terminal as Computer Select. Citation indexes identify research by the authorities cited.
California small business data:
California Small Business; a Statistical Abstract (Ref HD 2346 U52 C34) is a report mandated by the state legislature and compiled by the state Department of Commerce which contains statistical data and information on government programs and resources. Following the "Introduction" a chapter discusses the impact of small business on the California Economy. Chapters III through V contain data, most sorted by two-digit SIC code. Tables of interest include "Women-owned", "Black-owned", and "Hispanic- owned" business by major industry group and "California Establishments as a Percent of the U.S." by two-digit SIC code. Chapter VI deals with programs and services for small business offered by state and federal government agency. Much of this section is a directory of names and addresses for agencies. There are two appendices, a glossary and a list of sources for small business statistics.
An "MBA" reference book:
The Portable MBA Desk Reference; an Essential Business Companion (Ref HF 5356 P67) is divided into three main parts, the first of which is the most useful. This is the "A-to- Z Reference of Essential Business Topics" which is actually a detailed dictionary of business "phrases, rules, principles, theories, laws, trends, formulas, and strategies". Examples "Percentage-of-completion method", or extended definitions "Benchmarking", "Corporate Culture" are included where needed, somewhat compensating for the inadequacy of most business subject dictionaries. The second part "Sources of Business Information" is a directory which by its nature will become dated quickly. The final section "Appendices" includes rankings, facts, and figures which suffer from the same disadvantage as the second part. The overall subject index is detailed enough.
A new finance handbook:
The Handbook of Modern Finance (Ref HG 173 H34) is a loose leaf service arranged by tabbed letter sections (A to F) of six major subject areas: A "The Financial System and Markets", B "Security Analysis, Pricing, and Portfolio Management", C "Short-Term Financial Management", D "Long- Term Financial Management", E "Financial Policy", and F "International Dimensions of Finance". Within these sections the table of contents shows chapters on subjects such as pension plans, venture capital, real estate finance, and international accounting. The chapters are illustrated with appropriate formulas, tables, and graphs and most include a bibliography of further readings. The final tabbed section is an index to subjects in the entire handbook.
A Handbook of Economic Indicators:
The Economic Indicators Handbook (Ref HC 103 E26 Index Table 5B), subtitled Time Series. Conversions. Documentation, is a collection of the data for gross national product (GNP), gross domestic product (GDP), business cycle indicators, cyclic indicators, economic series, consumer price indexes (CPI), producer price indexes, and selected stock price indexes. The consumer price indexes cover separate major metropolitan areas and the producer price indexes cover major product categories. The data is presented starting with the time it was first collected, for example, 1869 for GNP, 1913 for CPI, and the 1940's for most business cycle indicators. Since in addition to the data explanations are included for subjects such as "Indicators of Money and Credit" or "The Consumer Price Index" the Handbook serves partially as an encyclopedia that explains economic indicators. The original, or "primary", sources for all data are given. There is an overall keyword index to particular indicators and tables.
Hispanic Who's Who:
Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans (Ref E 184 S75 W53), the "Occupation Index" includes business fields such as Banking/ Financial Services, Hotel/Motel Industry, and Real Estate. This directory would be useful for students or faculty who wish to contact prominent Hispanic business leaders. In addition to personal details such as education and career there is a current address and telephone number. There is a geographical index by state and city and an "Ethnic/Cultural Heritage Index" listing ancestral or personal country of origin.
For business travelers:
The University Library receives the quarterly OAC Business Travel Planner, North American edition, (Ref TX 907 O34). The Travel Planner intends to guide you "through the lodging selection and travel planning process from start to finish". Listings are alphabetic by city or town (inclusive to the extent of listing Wickenburg, Arizona). Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and other North American destinations outside the continental U.S.A. are in separate lists following. The Hotels are listed under the places and indicate by symbols, if necessary, features such as if they are near an airport, in a suburban area, or in the city. For major cities, the Planner includes "Destination Facts" (14,600 destinations) and over 200 "Maps & Diagrams" of airports, city centers, or areas. There are also details of frequent flyer, lodger, and renter programs.
Restrictions (possible) on NEXIS/LEXIS times of access:
We have been notified that the NEXIS/LEXIS service CAN BE unavailable to academic subscribers between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The CSU contract with the company allows them to restrict access when they have problems supplying access to commercial subscribers during times of peak capacity. This is so when the program tells you "XXXXXXX does not appear to be a valid personal identification number" as you try to activate the system. So far this has happened a few times but may no longer be a problem because NEXIS/LEXIS has added more capacity. The University Library has two NEXIS/LEXIS terminals in the Reference Department, first floor. It has been our experience that these have always been more available during the early hours of the day; we open at 7:30 AM.
Place: University Library, Room 114, Date: February 8, 1994, Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Register: Reference office or x3076.
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