Six Quick Points/ Winter 2015-16

Updates from MSU's AJB-COB Librarian

Welcome Back, College of Business!

Updates from the library to start the New Year and semester.

Belated congratulations to Tamela Darnell of the Small Business Development Center on receiving Murray State's Administrative Person of the Year Award, as well as to Dr. Wayne Tervo, Dr. Murphy Smith, and Honors grad Jenifer Axtell of Accounting on receiving the 2015 Distinguished Research Award during the Allied Academies Fall Conference.

Hope your break was great! -AJ

1. New Titles: Oct. 2015

Browse the latest additions to the library collection.

2. New Titles: Nov. 2015

Browse the even later-est additions to the library collection.

3. New Titles: Dec. 2015

Browse the absolute latest additions to the library collection.

4. Featured Work: “Routledge Companion to Business in Africa”

This month's featured work is the Routledge Companion to Business in Africa (2014), featuring a chapter co-authored by AJB-COB's very own Dean Dr. Gerry Muuka (MMBA) and Dr. Bella Ezumah (JMC). Their chapter, Regional economic integration and corporate Africa in the twenty-first century: A focus on COMESA can be accessed here.

At the end of December, the University Libraries named the co-authors our #RacerScholars of the Week for this work.

Call it a hot streak for Dr. Ezumah and Dr. Muuka, who also co-authored a peer-reviewed paper with Dr. Kevin Qualls (JMC) that took home the "Best Paper Award" at the Academy of Business Research International Conference.



5. New Stuff Alert: #NYT Edition

The library began a campus-wide subscription to the New York Times full website this past semester which succeeds our digital microform access. Start reading past that 10th free NYT article each month!

***Create your NYT account via MSU.

We've also upgraded our BrowZine subscription which now includes a desktop version. Keep up with the latest articles from your favored publications in a tidy, simple manner.


6. Quick Links

Did you live up to your 2015 New Year's resolutions? Have you set your 2016 resolutions? Mark Zuckerberg has checked off on both counts. Last year he resolved to read a new book every other week (which the library has been collecting--here's a list). And this year, the Zuck has resolved to write Artificial Intelligence code to run his home and help with his work. Mark is reading and coding, that is, whenever he's not encouraging girls to not just date nerds, but to be the nerds; or not pushing for free basic web in Facebook's second largest market; or not not giving away millions to lucky/naive users.

Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj (the Trinidadian-born rapper of the song Anaconda) is convincingly arguing that traditional record industry metrics--which do not currently count the number of streams to record sales--are holding her album The Pinkprint back from triple platinum status. Her argument is not without precedence. For instance, in 2013, Billboard began to include YouTube views to more accurately reflect the popularity of songs. These two occurrences echo efforts of university faculty whom are likewise seeking out "new ways of providing evidence of their changing scholarly value" in a landscape altered by the web. As discussions around "altmetrics" increasingly filter in, keep an ear to the stereo for lessons of music culture that may be applied to scholarly communications. In 2016, we bid farewell to a year that one music critic described as "one in which the old metrics of success continued to be even more redundant."

Lastly and apropos of little, here's a raccoon attempting to clean cotton candy, rat-rat>pizza rat, and monkeys spelling the word monkey in the Year of the Monkey.

Contact: AJ Boston

Interim Library Liaison to the

Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

Reference & Instruction

Murray State University