Six Quick Points/9.9.15

Updates from MSU's AJB-COB Librarian

1. Greetings College of Business Staff & Faculty!

Hello friends!

Below are a few shareable highlights from the University Libraries.

Thanks, AJ

3a. Featured Book/Sept. 2015: "Facing Your Fears" by Dr. Tillson

This month I asked Jenliee Williams to select a book to highlight for this newsletter. Jenilee kept it in the family with her recommendation this month with Dr. Lou Davidson Tillson's recently published book, Facing Your Fears: Speaking Up When You Would Rather Throw Up!: A Practical Guide to Becoming a More Confident, and Yes, Even Enthusiastic Public Speaker (ISBN: 9781465274540).

I've requested Dr. Tillson's book for our collection. If you're in Org Com and would like to request a new item for the library, contact Jenilee at

Not sure who the selector is for your department? Check here.

3b. Jenilee's take on Dr. Tillson's work:

Have you ever wished for a magic wand that, with the casual wave of your hand, could dispense confidence and assertiveness to your students or employees who are terrified of delivering a presentation? If you are troubled by the visible anxiety you see in your students or employees at the mention of the word "speech" and you are searching for a way to help them help themselves, "Facing Your Fears" may be the answer! Written in an engaging and conversational style, this practical guide takes anxious public speakers on a personal journey toward confident and enthusiastic public speaking skill development. Readers will learn how to change their mindset and develop public speaking self-efficacy, overcome mental and physical barriers to their success, adopt strategic instead of self-sabotaging behaviors, write effective outlines, and deliver presentations with confidence. Ten brief chapters are full of clear examples and research-supported anxiety management techniques. As readers learn how to avoid self-destructive thinking patterns, minimize anxious feelings, and take proactive and positive action steps, their public speaking confidence will grow and the word "speech" will no longer send them into a downward spiral of overwhelming fear and dread. Functioning as a stand alone supplement for a public speaking class, a required text for a public speaking anxiety management course, or professional development resource material for apprehensive employees, "Facing Your Fears" is designed to reduce speech anxiety, increase confidence, and enhance the reader’s communication skill set. - Jenilee Williams

(Thanks Jenilee! -AJ)

4. New Database Alert

The library has added new databases. Here are a few of the more notable databases for folks in COB. Try out these new tools and impress friends and family!

  • IBISWorld - Provides economic, demographic and government data on 700+ industries. (Succeeding our former S&P NetAdvantage subscription)

  • Statista - Statistics portal integrating data on over 60,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single platform. (Awesome downloadable & citable graphs)

  • UlrichsWeb - Detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types. (Use in addition to SCImago and Google Scholar Metrics)

6. University Libraries Faculty Seminar Series/Fall 2015

Looking to refine your EndNote skills? Register for one (or many) of the library's faculty seminar series!

Coffee & Discussion: Scholastica and Expresso are new resources that match your manuscript to a publication. How does this concept change the idea of scholarship? How should this be represented in tenure & promotion?

· Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10:00 am -11:00 (Waterfield 211)

· Friday, Sept. 18, 1:30 - 2:30 pm (Waterfield 211)

Presented by Ashley Ireland - Register

Constraints of the Information Cycle: Constraints of the Information Cycle: Evaluating student research topics and managing the expectations of sources utilized.

· Thursday, Sept. 17, 11:30 am -12:30 pm (Waterfield 211)

· Monday, Sept. 21, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Waterfield 211)

Presented by Jeff Henry - Register

Finding Open Educational Resources to Support Your Teaching: Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching and learning resources that are released for the use and re-purposing by others. OERs may include full courses, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, etc. Attendees will learn: (1.) the core principles of open resources and (2) how to find OERs in their disciplinary areas.

· Tuesday, Nov. 10, 8 am (Faculty Development Center, 107 Applied CENTER Science)

· Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1:30 pm (Faculty Development Center, 107 CENTER Applied Science)

Presented by Elizabeth Price - Register

Finding Quality Journals: Half the battle of publishing research is finding where is the best place to publish. This session will provide tips and tools for finding quality journals to publish research articles.

· Tuesday, Sept. 22, 12:30 am -1:30 pm (Waterfield 211)

· Wednesday, Sept. 23, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Waterfield 211)

Presented by Katherine Farmer - Register

Hello Primo (Goodbye RACERtrac): RACERtrac has been phased out. MSU Libraries is implementing a new integrated library system called PRIMO which boasts a new library search tool. In this seminar, learn how simple it is to discover.

· Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2 - 3 pm (Waterfield 210)

· Wednesday, Nov. 4, 9-10 am (Waterfield 211)

Presented by AJ Boston - Register

Reference Management – EndNote: Do you like to integrate information searching, writing, and bibliography creation into one streamlined process? This EndNote workshop is designed to help you with all that.

· Tuesday, Sept. 15, 11:30 am -1:30 pm (Waterfield 211)

· Friday, Sept. 18, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (Waterfield 211)

Presented by Pali DeSilva - Register

Say it with Infographics: Pictures are worth 1,000 words and in this class we will survey ideas, tools, and resources for creating your own charts, graphs and visualizations to display information in a meaningful and less textual way. This class will introduce attendees to basic concepts of data visualization.

· Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10:30 - 11:30 am (Waterfield 211)

· Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 - 3 pm (Waterfield 211)

Presented by Becky Richardson - Register

Your Impact as a Scholar: How do you measure scholarly impact? An overview of bibliometrics, altmetrics, tools, and web sites that can help determine influence and relevance beyond traditional citation metrics.

· Wednesday, Nov. 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Waterfield Library Room 211)

· Thursday, Nov. 5, 8:30 - 9:30 am (Waterfield Library Room 211)

Presented by Candace Vance - Register

Contact: AJ Boston

Interim Library Liaison to the

Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

Reference & Instruction

Murray State University