Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday, Nov. 13: "Menhaden and America" at the Cheng Library with H. Bruce Franklin - Not Just Another Fish Story!

On Thursday, November 13, at 3:30 pm, the David and Lorraine Cheng Library will present a special program on the big consequences of a small fish.

H. Bruce Franklin, John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, will be joining us to discuss his recent book, "The Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden and America." Franklin’s book focuses on menhaden, a small, oily, and bony fish that plays a major role in the marine ecosystem on the east coast of the United States. Virtually unknown to those outside commercial fishing or marine biology, menhaden have played a critical role in America’s national - and natural - history, but reckless overfishing now threatens their survival. Commercially harvested for animal feed, fertilizer, and oil used in everything from linoleum to health-food supplements, menhaden are also crucial to the diet of most food and game fish, as well as many marine mammals and birds. They also filter the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, playing an essential dual role in marine ecology perhaps unmatched anywhere on the planet.

As menhaden’s numbers have plummeted, fish and birds dependent on them have been decimated and toxic algae have begun to choke American bays and seas. Two bills currently before Congress, H.R. 3840 and H.R. 3841, propose to prohibit the further commercial fishing of menhaden for use as industrial commodities.

Franklin's subject stands at the intersection of marine biology, ecology, corporate decision making, politics, public policy, history and culture. Students and faculty in all disciplines will benefit a great deal from this program.

The program will be followed by a reception at 5:00 pm in the Library's Friends Lounge and light refreshments will be served. This program is supported by a generous grant from the William Paterson University Alumni Association.

Everyone is welcome, so please join us at the Library on November 13.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Trial Access to the Web of Science Database Available Through November 27

The Web of Science database provides access to the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, supporting navigation through the tracking of citations. Our trial access to the Web of Science, available through November 27, includes the following components:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (1975-present) - citations from over 7,100 major journals across 150 disciplines
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1975-present) - citations from over 2,100 journals across 50 social science disciplines
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present) - citations from over 1,200 arts and humanities journals

With the Web of Science, it is possible to follow a path for any individual article backward through its references or forward to subsequently published articles that have cited it. The database supports a wide variety of search options, including searching by subject area, document type, author, source title, publication year, institutional affiliation, language, and country of publication. The cited reference search options include searching by cited authors, works, or years. Web of Science also supports customized citation and search alerts so you can keep up with new material as it is added to the database. Please give the Web of Science a try and please let us know what you think: contact Richard Kearney, Electronic Resources Librarian, with your feedback.

New, Revised and Much Improved: The Bureau of Labor Statistics Webpage

Prices, productivity, unemployment, earnings – the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has provided data on a host of economic issues relating to employment and unemployment for years. A newly updated webpage now makes that data much easier to find and retrieve. The webpage highlights reports from the department’s surveys such as the Consumer Expenditure Survey and the Current Population Survey. Need to find hourly or annual wages by occupation? Try Occupational Employment Statistics to find out the median income for accountants at both national and state levels. While you’re at it, check the Occupational Outlook Handbook to find out the demand for accountants over the next few years. Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

The BLS has always monitored consumer and producer prices. Use the inflation calculator to see how much today’s dollar would have purchased in 1990 or check out the inflation rate by region. It‘s not too comforting to find out the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $1.412 in July 2002 and $4.09 in July 2008.

Subscribe to the BLS Economic News Releases via e-mail to receive the news releases as soon as they are available. Interactive tables with online tutorials help researchers customize data. The BLS also provides detailed information on how data for the various indices and their components are defined, collected and analyzed. The Bureau’s commitment to educating the public is clear from the tutorials, lists of FAQs, glossary and details on its research methodologies - all accessible from the