Public Domain Day 2019

On January 1st 2019, works copyrighted in 1923 entered the public domain! This is the first “Public Domain Day” since Congress extended copyright in 1998. Books, films, and sheet music copyrighted that year in the United States are now free to use without seeking permission or paying fees. (Only the 1923 editions, if there are later copyrighted editions! Librarians call this the 1923 manifestation of a work.)

Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain has a detailed explanation and a list of some notable items that have “gone public.” They may be worth considering for course or research project materials. HathiTrust already has released over 20,000 books and scientific reports copyrighted in 1923.

Some works from 1923 are startlingly out of touch with current values. The full lyrics of “Yes! We Have No Bananas” – a song refrain my family has sung for years – reveal it is an ethnic caricature. Songs making fun of ethnic groups were popular in the 1920s. The Library of Congress has more examples, plus curricula for teaching about them and about attitudes towards immigrants. As upsetting as such materials may be, having them publicly available is important to understanding our current social climate.

A librarian can help you locate public domain materials, and answer your copyright questions. Here’s to many happy returns of Public Domain Day!

Guide to Financial Management

Understand and Improve the Bottom Line

41m06g6q2BgL._SX311_BO1204203200_By John Tennent
3rd edition
Call number: HG4026 .T47 2018
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Managers are constantly expected to make decisions that reflect a full understanding of the financial consequences. In the absence of formal training, few people are prepared for the responsibilities of dealing with management reports, budgets, and capital proposals, and find themselves embarrassed by their lack of understanding.

This book is a practical guide to understanding and managing financial responsibilities. Each chapter examines actual tasks managers have to do, from “how to assemble a budget,” “how to read variances on a report,” to “how to construct a proposal to invest in new equipment,” exploring the principles that can be applied to each task, illustrating practical ways these principles are used, and providing guidance for implementation.

Guide to Financial Management will help readers understand financial jargon, financial statements, management accounts, performance measures, budgeting, costing, pricing, decision-making, and investment appraisal. This third edition has been fully revised and expanded with detailed examples from 100 leading businesses around the world.

Starting a Business All-In-One For Dummies

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Starting a business? Don’t sweat it! Reflecting today’s unique opportunities and challenges, Starting a Business All-In-One For Dummies is packed with everything you need to manage your personal and business risks and successfully navigate your first year in business. Written in plain English and packed with simple,step-by-step instructions, it shows you how to start up your dream business from scratch, write a winning business plan, secure financing, manage your risks successfully, navigate your first year of operation, and much more!

The information inside is amassed from 11 bestselling For Dummies books, covering everything from franchising and home-based businesses to bookkeeping, accounting, branding, and marketing. If you’re a go-getter looking for a way to launch a great idea and be your own boss, Starting a Business All-In-One For Dummies prepares you to beat the odds and become successful in your sector.

  • Covers proven strategies on successfully branding and marketing your business
  • Includes step-by-step guidance on keeping on top of the books
  • Provides coverage of employee engagement and motivating employees
  • Offers helpful hints for overcoming obstacles in starting a business

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or an expert looking to innovate, Starting a Business All-In-One For Dummies is the only reference you’ll need to start a business from the ground up.

Accounting All-in-One For Dummies

51G23r5EfbL._SX397_BO1204203200_By Kenneth W. Boyd
Call number: F5636 .B69 2018
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If you’re a numbers person, it’s your lucky day! Accounting jobs are on the rise — in fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a faster-than-average growth rate of 11% in the industry through 2024. So, if you’re seeking long-term job security while also pursuing your passion, you’ll be stacking the odds in your favor by starting a career in accounting.

Accountants don’t necessarily lead a solitary life behind a desk in a bank. The field offers opportunities in auditing, budget analysis, financial accounting, management accounting, tax accounting, and more. In Accounting All-in-One For Dummies, you’ll benefit from cream-of-the-crop content culled from several previously published books. It’ll help you to flourish in whatever niche you want to conquer in the wonderful world of accounting. You’ll also get free access to a quiz for each section of the book online.

  • Report on financial statements
  • Make savvy business decisions
  • Audit and detect financial fraud
  • Handle cash and make purchasing decisions
  • Get free access to topic quizzes online

If you’re a student studying the application of accounting theories or a professional looking for a valuable desktop reference you can trust, this book covers it all.

Get That Job!

The Quick and Complete Guide to a Winning Interview

510vxM0Wn2L._SX311_BO1204203200_By Thea Kelly
Call number: HF5382.7 .K455 2017
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Concise interview guide gives readers proven tips and clear instructions to prepare for breakthrough interviews.

Job seekers will learn to:

  • Identify and communicate their unique strengths, their “key selling points.”
  • Understand why employers ask many of the most common interview questions – and how to answer with confidence.
  • Succeed with video interviews, behavioral interviews and panels.
  • Build an arsenal of success stories.
  • Ace every step – from the first screening to accepting the offer.

Guide to Analysing Companies (The Economist)

41PxoIGJkXL._SX318_BO1204203200_By Bob Vause
Call number: HG 4026 .V38 2015
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In today’s volatile, complex and fast-moving business world, it can be difficult to gauge how sound a company really is. An apparently strong balance sheet and impressive reported profits may be hiding all sorts of problems that could even spell bankruptcy. So how do you: Know whether a company is well run and doing well?
Decide which ratios and benchmarks to use to assess performance? Work out if a company has massaged its results? Recognize the danger signs on the corporate horizon? Compare companies operating in different sectors or countries?

These and many other important questions are answered in a completely updated and revised sixth edition of this clear and comprehensive guide. It is aimed at anyone who wants to understand a company’s annual report, judge a customer’s creditworthiness, assess a company’s investment potential, and much more.