Friday, August 14, 2009

FREE Business Research Class

FREE! Business Information Class For Entrepreneurs who want to grow or start a business will be offered on Tuesday afternoon or evening once a month in the Training Loft Science, Business & News department of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, Oh 43215.

Advanced Registration is NOT required.

Use our Events Calendar to find future business classes. Limit your search to a specific month, and search for keyword business. Select the Remind icon for an email reminder for each class.

During these hands-on classes you will learn:
How to use Reference USA to target B2B customers
How to use Business & Company Resource Center to find industry rankings and market research
How to use our demographic books to target your market
How to use EBSCOhost Business Searching Interface to find SWOT analyses
How to use our Catalog to find print and downloadable books on business finance
For more information, call our Infoline 614-645-2ASK

Monday, June 22, 2009

FREE Program for Social Entrepreneurs Monday June 29

The Foundation Center in cooperation with the Columbus Foundation and the Columbus Metropolitan Library will be hosting two free programs for Nonprofit Organizations on Monday, June 29, 2009. Registration is Required. See below for information:

Program 1
Introduction to Foundation Directory Online Professional with a special Dialogue with Donors in Education

Monday, June 29, 20091:00pm - 3:00pm
Columbus Metropolitan Library Third Floor Board Room96 S. Grant AvenueColumbus, Ohio 43215
PH: 614-645-2275
A special session focused on the needs of education-focused nonprofits.
Do you need to secure funding for your programs? Join us for this session at our Columbus Cooperating Collection for an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive Web subscription databases, The Foundation Directory Online Professional.
Following the class, we will host a conversation with representatives from two regional funders of education programs, including:
Sidney R. Hargro, Senior Officer, Strategy & Organizational Learning,
The Columbus Foundation
Marlene A. Casini, President/CEO,
Community Foundation of Delaware County
To Register: register online or Contact Diana Zepp at the Columbus Metro Library at (614) 645-2275
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Program 2
A free program featuring resources, advice, and networking for Columbus-area nonprofits and anyone interested in the nonprofit world:Resource Market: Tackling Tough TimesColumbus Metropolitan Library
Main Library AuditoriumMonday, June 29th, 20094:30 - 7:00pm
PH: 614-645-2275
Register here:
http://foundationcenter.org/cleveland/training/resourcemarketcolumbus.html or http://tinyurl.com/l3zdo3
The Foundation Center wants to help your organization successfully weather the current financial storm, and our resource market can get you started. We are gathering top-tier professionals from a select group of Central Ohio nonprofits and businesses to share information about their services for nonprofits in a fun, trade fair atmosphere. Meet and greet (and eat!) while visiting 'vendor tables' and attending mini-sessions for must-know tips from each organization.For more information and REGISTRATION go to:
http://foundationcenter.org/cleveland/training/resourcemarketcolumbus.html

or
http://tinyurl.com/l3zdo3

or call the Foundation Center /Cleveland (216) 861-1933 x325 or Diana Zepp at the Columbus Metropolitan Library 614-645-2275 asked to be transferred to Science, Business & News.

Friday, May 29, 2009

FREE! Business Information Class

FREE! Business Information Class For Entrepreneurs who want to grow or start a business will be offered once a month in the Science, Business & News department of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library. Advanced Registration is NOT required.

The next class is Tuesday July 28, 2009 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the 3rd floor Training Loft. Use our Events Calendar to find future business classes. Limit your search to a specific month, and search for keyword business. Select the Remind icon for an email reminder for each class.

During these hands-on classes you will learn:
  • How to use Reference USA to target B2B customers
  • How to use Business & Company Resource Center to find industry rankings and market research
  • How to use our demographic books to target your market
  • How to use EBSCOhost Business Searching Interface to find SWOT analyses
  • How to use our Catalog to find print and downloadable books on business finance

For more information, call our Infoline 614-645-2ASK

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Microloans for Small Businesses in Central Ohio

Thanks to my colleague, Diana, for pointing out the recent Philanthropy News Digest news story, Credit Crisis Leads to Increase in Demand for Microloans.

Small businesses in Central Ohio can find information on microloans from the Small Business Administration http://tinyurl.com/c27soo. Also check out the Finding Funding section of the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Business Page for a list of local microlenders.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Liber8 Newsletter from the Fed

Business researchers, university students, and librarians should look at this newsletter from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: http://liber8.stlouisfed.org/. The Liber8 newsletter contains information about the current recession, and economic statistics from the federal government. Thanks to Chad Boeninger, the business librarian at Ohio University's Alden Library for his interesting "Monday Night Lecture" http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/businessblog/.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Learn & Play 14-- Web 2.0 and Library 2.0

What are the practical applications of Web 2.0 for our library patrons? This is the question that occurred to me way back in December 2006 when I attended an OLC workshop on Web 2.0 at the Westerville Public Library.

I am sure many of you are familiar with the "lightbulb moment" that 1st and 2nd grade teachers see all of the time, when their students finally understand how to read. Picture a lightbulb turning on in a little bubble above your customer's head, like in the comic strips. I have had a few of these illuminating moments with library customers here in Science, Business & News.

My lightbulb moments have occured on two memorable occasions. The first one was when I demonstrated how a group of market researchers could set up a feed reader (I used my MyYahoo! account to demonstrate), then feed in full text trade journal articles from EbscoHost Research Databases, or ProQuest Direct. A feed reader can also help you keep track of news and research developments in your industry. One of the workshop attendees actually said "Aha".

My second lightbulb moment was with a library patron who is starting up a nonprofit organization. He was looking for ways to communicate with other social entrepreneurs in the Columbus Metro area. I demonstrated to him how he could set up a Delicious account, and participate in social bookmarking. He said that a Delicious account would help him keep track of valuable articles that he finds online, and make his search for funding more efficient.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Just for fun Dewey Decimal Quiz, Thanks Helene!

The Dewey Decimal Quiz was fun, because it let me cheat! Of course, I ginned the system by using 590 as my favorite number. This reminds me of how I let my son cheat at the little math game we used to play when he was 3 or 4. I figured that if he was smart enough to count ahead and do multiplication in his head at 4, then let him cheat. Here is my results:
Barbara Beardsley's Dewey Decimal Section:
590 Animals (Zoology)

Class:
500 Science

Contains:
Math, astronomy, prehistoric life, plants and animals.

What it says about you:
You are fascinated by the world around you, and see it as a puzzle worth exploring. You try to understand how things work and how you can make them better. You might be a nerd.
Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com