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Emily Treptow Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 6:09pm Categories: Uncategorized, Database Trials

IBM recently announced a partnership with Twitter in which IBM will help companies make more strategic decisions based on Twitter data. This partnership aligns with their current goal of moving further into the analytics arena. The Twitter data will be added to IBM’s Watson technology, which is a cognitive technology that processes information like a human and is able to answer questions using natural language. The use of cognitive technology with data from Twitter is another large step in the area of data analytics.

The Eli Broad College of Business has made data analytics a...

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Emily Treptow Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 7:57pm Categories: Database Trials

The Gast Business Library will offer time with therapy dogs for stress relief during finals week. These trained, certified therapy dogs give students an opportunity to “paws” for a fun break!

When: Monday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 9 from 1-3pm

Where: Room 13 in the Business Library

Therapy dogs will also be available at the Main Library.

Questions? Contact Laura Leavitt.

Emily Treptow Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 3:39pm Categories: Uncategorized

In the Wall Street Journal article “Google Searches for Role in App Age,” Rolfe Winkler breaks down Google’s strategy to ensure its advertising business stays relevant in the mobile age. Google was built around searching the web. The company deployed “spiders” to find links and created algorithms to rank the value of pages. Now, with the increase in mobile phone use, siloed apps have left Google out of the loop, causing the need for a new approach. On smartphones, traditional web browsing currently only represents 20% of use, according to mobile-analytics firm Flurry. The rest of the...

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Emily Treptow Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 8:13pm Categories: Database Trials

For all of you who love your iPads and Android tablets, MSU Libraries subscribes to BrowZine, an app that can help you read and stay current with scholarly journals.

Within the BrowZine app, you can:

Create a bookshelf of your favorite journals for easy, fast access

Read articles in a format optimized for a tablet device

Get alerts when new journal issues are published

Save articles to Zotero, Dropbox, or an app of your choice for PDF collecting and note taking

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Emily Treptow Friday, November 7, 2014 - 5:22pm Categories: Library News

In October, the Lansing area hosted Startup Weekend: Maker Edition, where teams from across the region came and competed, turning an idea into a business over three days. In the run up to that weekend, 12 local organizations celebrated their role in enabling people to bring their visions to life by being a part of the Maker Week Lansing. Food and fashion incubators, makerspaces, and everything in between hosted activities and keynotes related to making.

Lansing is a great place to be a Maker. Recently, there has been a progression of support services and opportunities for...

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Emily Treptow Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 8:30pm Categories: Library News

The Gast Business Library is hosting an International Tea as a way to provide a friendly venue for interaction between our students and our librarians. We want to increase awareness of the services that we can provide to aid the success of all of our business students! For example, each major in the Broad College of Business has its own liaison librarian who can help students find resources for their classes. Come by to enjoy some tea, coffee and snacks and learn more!

Location: Room 13 of the Gast Business Library.
(The library is located in the Basement of the Law College...

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Emily Treptow Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 6:59pm Categories: Database Trials

Breezy Silver, Assistant Head of the Gast Business Library, recently attended the Face of Analytics Conference at Spartan Stadium, which showcased the MS in Business Analytics program at Michigan State University.

Employers from four different companies discussed how their companies use data analytics, described the types of people and skills needed in the field, and provided career advice. The companies were from different fields and of various sizes, and included Steelcase, Millward Brown (a subsidiary of Kantar), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Urban Science in Detroit....

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Emily Treptow Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 7:30pm Categories: Uncategorized

Smart Talk: The Public Speaker's Guide to Success in Every Situation

by Lisa B. Marshall

Reviewed by: Terence O'Neill

Social situations are filled with choices, times you might be sure there is a correct course, and just as sure you don’t know what it is. From introducing one person to another at a party to negotiating a raise, there are myriad points of communication in our work lives, and many of them can be difficult and unnerving to execute. Lisa B. Marshall is here to help. In this book, the professional communication expert delivers her advice on a variety...

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Emily Treptow Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 9:46pm Categories: Database Trials

Faculty, staff, and students now have access to Mergent Key Business Ratios. This database provides access to competitive benchmarking data compiled from D&B’s database of public and private companies.

14 key business ratios are featured, measuring solvency, efficiency, and profitability

Ratios are available for public and private companies in over 800 lines of business

Industry norms data is also available.

Access is available through the Gast Business Library’s Business Electronic Resources page. Questions? Ask a business librarian.

Emily Treptow Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 2:32am Categories: Database Trials

Lansing Maker Week is almost here. MSU Libraries is one of more than a dozen community partners that will be contributing to Lansing’s first annual Maker Week. As one of the Lansing Maker Week partners, the MSU Libraries will be showcasing maker activities we support during an open house. There will be demos of the Espresso Book Machine, which is capable of printing a book in 7 minutes from a pdf file, and the new 3D printer.

When: Tuesday, October 7 from 12-4pm

Where: 2nd floor of the Main Library.

More Maker Week Events on MSU’s Campus:

Open House...

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