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by Daniel Hanne, Business Librarian
909-869-4352; dhanne@csupomona.edu

No.19

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Issue Number 19 Summer Quarter, 1995

Great hotels of the world, and more !!!

by Daniel Hanne, Business Librarian (x4352), E-mail dhanne Inform on World Wide Web: http://www.cpp.edu/library/publications/inform/home.html

Great hotels of the world...:

Great Hotels of the World is a six-volume set, four of which have been published. The series is published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha, Tokyo, with text in both English and Japanese. The chief strength of these publications are their bountiful color plates, with captions, some full-page, which appear on every page:

Classic Hotel, Volume 1 (Ref TX 911 K574 1990) devotes 600 plates to 20 classic hotels in Europe and the USA, including two in Australia and one in Thailand. To be a "classic" here the hotel has to have significant architecture, craftsmanship and fixtures, first-rate food and service, as well as an added modern infrastructure--this all in hotels most which date from the late 19th or early 20th centuries.

Urban Hotel; from Asia to Europe, Volume 4 (Ref TX 911.2 K5358 1991) are 20 hotels from the newer economic centers, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Middle East, with a few more "classics" from Europe.

Hotel Restaurant, Volume 5 (Ref TX 911.2 K576 1992) arranges the great hotel restaurants by region: Europe, North Africa, America, Asia, and Australia. Each region is introduced by a short essay but, again, it is the color photos, here especially of the food, which makes this volume another visual feast.

Hotel Design, Volume 6 (Ref TX 911.2 K532 1992) presents examples of design in hotels from around the world arranged by functional area: Lobby Area, Room, Public Area, Bar, Restaurant, and Convention Facility. The segment on rooms includes sections showing examples of the design of details such as keys, light fixtures, telephones, furniture, and even staff uniforms.

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And More...:

A new handbook for FRL

The Handbook of Derivatives & Synthetics; Innovations, Technologies and Strategies in the Global Markets (Ref HG 6024 A3 H25 1994) provides the bewildered with a 19-page introduction: "The Development and Evolution of Derivative Products". The text itself is comprised of 54 chapters written by authorities from around the world. Seven main sections divide the chapters into subjects such as "Innovations in the...Markets", "Applications: Investment and Trading", Risk Analysis and Management", and "Legal and Regulatory Issues". The section on "Global Markets" includes chapters about exchanges in other countries. The discussions are illustrated with charts, graphs, and lists. An appendix contains an "Index of Futures and Options Contracts" including the exchange and trading hours. There is a "Glossary" which defines neither "derivative" nor "synthetic" but does have other trading and finance terms of art. There is also an overall index.

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An expert system resource for CIS

Knowledge-Based Systems for General Reference Work; Applications, Problems, and Progress (Ref and Circ Z 711 R554 1995) contains useful concepts for the development of expert systems in general, not just in librarianship. The author, John V. Richardson of UCLA, divides the text into the three parts indicated by the subtitle. Of these "Problems" is probably the most useful for non-librarians. Chapter 5 "The Development of a Knowledge Base for Expert Systems in Reference Work" includes a theoretical structure for solving for the "unknown" which is the professional's knowledge and discusses three levels of knowledge: "surface", "intermediate", and "deep", examining the first two. Chapter 6 "Evaluative Criteria for Shells". presents the attributes of expert system "shells" based upon experience and the literature. In Chapter 7. "User Interface Issues in General Reference Work", the author emphasizes that the interface is a part of the essence of the system, not merely the last part added and considers all aspects of the interface question including design principles and human-computer communication. Overall, there is a large amount of prescriptive information (advice) in this title, all based upon established research. Appendixes give check lists of criteria for selecting a shell and a guide (directory) of software with price; the index is thorough and detailed.

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Trade barriers for IB

We receive the yearly National Trade Estimate on Foreign Trade Barriers (Ref HF 1456 U53a [year]). As required by federal law, this is a country by country inventory of the most important barriers to export of U.S. goods and services, foreign direct investment, and lacking of intellectual property protection. So look under a country and find, for example: Australia (bounties limiting foreign competition), European Union (EU oilseed subsidies), or Guatemala (patent law...deficient). Countries or regional trading bodies are arranged alphabetically, with an index by barrier.

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Cities and metropolitan areas ranked

Gale City & Metro Rankings Reporter (Ref HT 123 G25 1994) presents some 3,000 rankings of U.S. cities and metropolitan areas in broad topics including arts and leisure, demographics, education, taxes, and government expenditures. The tables are from a variety of private and government articles and reports. The source for each table is indicated. Part V "Economic Profile" is, as might be expected, from the U.S. Economic Census, but unfortunately from 1987 not 1992 (a census taken every five years). Each table is in the table of contents; indexes for location and by key word.

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Lexis/Nexis, full access again!

Lexis/Nexis is no longer "down" between 11:00 and 1:00. There are two terminals in Reference, first floor; the best time is "the earlier, the better".

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