April is the coolest month – for librarians! We celebrate National Library Week April 7th-13th, World Book and Copyright Day on April 23rd, and World Intellectual Property Day on April 26th.
You can still add to #MyLibraryMyStory on Twitter, and join the thousands that have been blogging all month. Or just read the great tweets already posted!
What’s the difference between copyright and an intellectual property claim? Intellectual property is the broadest, including copyrights, patents, and trademarks. These are then distinguished by the medium. If your idea is fixed in an image or text – like this page whether online or printed out – you can claim a copyright. If your idea is an invention for a machine or process, you can get a patent. If it is a slogan or logo distinguishing the origin of goods or services, you can claim a trademark. More information is at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Stop in and see our display on different kinds of intellectual property rights claims, how they contribute to our economy, and how to avoid violating them.
This new interactive tool is so easy to use! It will be helpful for anyone researching exports of US products. Indiana grows a lot of popcorn. What are our international markets for popcorn? Let’s take a look.
Go to https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/export-markets.html
Simply enter a keyword in the search box and wait for the site to retrieve the Schedule B Code.
Then, click on the code and wait for the site to retrieve the data on this product. There are four different views; the default is a map of the world, with the top five markets highlighted. I prefer the table view as it shows more precisely what countries are our top markets.
From this table, you can also select a country – (All) is the default – to see only further data for that market.
Click on the Methods of Transportation tab to see how our popcorn gets to these markets. Let’s see how we get popcorn to Mexico, as it could be trucked or flown or shipped:
It is all trucked!
You can also look at sales in a time series and see the unit price paid for each market.
A real-world approach
By Rhonda Abrams
Call number: HD62.5 .A342 2017
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A practical guidebook for people interested in starting a business with comprehensive coverage of all aspects of starting, running and growing a business. This book includes everything needed to launch a successful business now–expert strategies, up-to-date trends, business planning guidance, and inspiring real-world case studies, along with worksheets and critical thinking exercises to help would-be entrepreneurs be successful.
Your United States Census Bureau is celebrating Manufacturing Week! On their website they are showcasing lots of great infographics and the data products they offer to support manufacturing research and development.
Manufacturers contribute the data, so this is a very cool kind of ROI. It is all free, open-access, and will be of interest to anyone working in or studying this sector.
Did you know Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin have the highest percentage of employees in the manufacturing sector? Did you know that manufacturing contributes 6 of every 10 U.S. export dollars?
Read more …
How Extraordinary People Become That Way
By Brendon Burchard
Call Number: BF637.S4 B867 2017
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Twenty years ago, author Brendon Burchard became obsessed with answering three questions:
- Why do some individuals and teams succeed more quickly than others and sustain that success over the long term?
- Of those who pull it off, why are some miserable and others consistently happy on their journey?
- What motivates people to reach for higher levels of success in the first place, and what practices help them improve the most?
After extensive original research and a decade as the world’s leading high performance coach, Burchard found the answers. It turns out that just six deliberate habits give you the edge. Anyone can practice these habits and, when they do, extraordinary things happen in their lives, relationships, and careers. Which habits can help you achieve long-term success and vibrant well-being no matter your age, career, strengths, or personality? To become a high performer, you must seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage. This book is about the art and science of how to cultivate and practice these proven habits. Whether you want to get more done, lead others better, develop skill faster, or dramatically increase your sense of joy and confidence, the habits in this book will help you achieve it faster. Each of the six habits is illustrated by powerful vignettes, cutting-edge science, thought-provoking exercises, and real-world daily practices you can implement right now. If you’ve ever wanted a science-backed, heart-centered plan to living a better quality of life, it’s in your hands. Best of all, you can measure your progress. A link to a free professional assessment is included in the book.