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

No. 32

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Issue Number 32 -- Fall Quarter, 1998

First; send me your book requests!

As President Suzuki announced during Fall Conference the Library has an extra allocation to purchase books for this academic year. We received a very generous amount! Please send your requests to me (Library &emdash;15) or via e-mail (dhanne) now. And send requests throughout the year.

The Electronic Library increases:

Research Workstations: Now the Library's catalog and databases are accessed through microcomputers on the Ground, First and Second floors; therefore, the catalog stations have a hypertext interface. For example, find a book you want and activate the subject or author link to bring a display of all other books in the subject or by the author. We have two flavors, Macs or Pentiums according to your taste.

Internet Bars: These same floors have "Internet Bars," standing workstations where you can "belly up" to use e-mail or surf the public domain Internet.

Campus Network Connections: We have power outlets and jacks to access the campus network by laptop in our group study rooms and around the perimeter of our top three floors. Instructions on how to connect are at the Reference Desk.

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And More:

NAICS, first mentioned in Issue 27 (Summer, 1997):

NAICS (pronounced nace, like mace or pace) is an acronym for the North American Industry Classification System, the new industry codes developed with Canada and Mexico as a part of NAFTA. NAICS replaces the SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) codes, last revised in 1987. The NAICS code can extend up to 6 digits instead of the SIC 4-digit limit. We mentioned that "A new version of the NAICS manual is scheduled to appear late in 1997." It is here now:

North American Industry Classification System; United States, 1997
(Ref HF 1042 N677 1998 Table #2)
is organized like the 1987 SIC manual in that it has the codes in numerical order with annotations and an index by industry. An added feature in the new NIACS manual is "Cross References" for classifications that will help the user choose the most appropriate number. Appendices give concordances of the 1997 NAICS to the 1987 SIC, both in NAICS and SIC sequence. A long introduction details the development of the NAICS system.

NAICS greatly expands industry classification over the SIC with codes for some 350 additional industries. These include the new "high tech" industries such as "fiber optic cable manufacturing" or "satellite communications" as well as changes in the way business is done. Examples here include "bed and breakfast inns," "environmental consulting," "warehouse clubs," and "diet and weight reduction centers." Adapting a new classification system, of course, has consequences for anyone tracking long-term trends in industry (a large amount of industry data has been organized by SIC code). Even with the concordances of the two systems, it is estimated that 34% of direct comparison between SIC and NAICS will not be possible. As for comparisons between the three countries, the first five digits will be the same with the sixth digit reserved to accommodate local differences.

And for NAICS and the SIC on the Internet, select "Industries Classification Codes" on the University Library's Internet Reference site. The sites on this page include detailed discussions of NAICS and bibliographies of other writings.

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Contracting with the Feds:

Contracting with the Federal Government 4th ed.
(Ref KF B49 C664 1998)
begins with a historical perspective of Federal Government procurement. The chapters seem to cover all aspects of the government market. These include the organization of the government's acquisition function, cost accounting, disputes, terminations, and control systems. There is great emphasis upon contract law and regulation throughout the text as well as notes giving sources and authority for each chapter. The text is illustrated with tables giving guidelines and factors. A large number of the standard forms used in government contracting are reproduced. There are numerous appendices with even more forms, standards, and questionnaires. Thankfully the text includes a list of decoded acronyms and a glossary of terms. The volume concludes with a table of contracting cases by subject and an index.

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New dictionaries of business:

In recent years there has been an increase in the number and quality of basic dictionary-type reference books for business and management:

The Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management
(Ref HD 30.15 C66 1998)
is the most detailed and is a welcome addition. The articles include lists of references.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of International Trade and Finance
(Ref HF 1373 C57 1994)
gives detailed, sometimes long, definitions for international commerce.

Prentice Hall Encyclopedia Dictionary of Business Terms
(Ref HF 1001 C68 1995)
also includes some longer definitions.

Spanish Dictionary of Business Commerce and Finance; Diccionario Ingles de Negocios, Comercio y Finanzas
(Ref HF 1002 R687 1998)
is another welcome addition that will support our new in Major in Spanish.

Understanding American Business Jargon
(Ref HF 1001 F65 1997);
we have to know what jargon means even if we don't like it.

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NEXT ISSUE: The business databases in detail, and more!!!

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