Month: May 2017

News from the Research Desk Blog

June 1 Hiring Event at Oakton

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Brad Schneider are hosting a Hiring Event:

Thursday, June 1, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm
*Early entry for veterans begins at 9:30am

Oakton Community College – Tenhoeve Room
1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL, 60016

The event will feature participation from more than sixty local and national employers with immediate openings looking to hire. National Able, Oakton Community College, and Illinois Department of Employment Security are also assisting with this event.

Free workshops for attendees on networking, interview tips, and other important job search topics will be offered throughout the event.

Job Seekers are asked to register at Summer 2017 Hiring Event


Financial Advisors and the Dept. of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule

As of June 9, 2017, a new Fiduciary Rule put forth by the Department of Labor will go into effect, potentially changing the level of accountability for many financial advisors currently not officially considered a “fiduciary.” The new rule expands the “investment advice fiduciary” definition under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Essentially, the Department of Labor’s definition of a fiduciary demands that advisors act in the best interests of their clients, and to put their clients’ interests above their own. It leaves no room for advisors to conceal any potential conflict of interest, and states that all fees and commissions must be clearly disclosed in dollar form to clients. The definition has been expanded to include any professional making a recommendation or solicitation — and not simply giving ongoing advice. Previously, only advisors who were charging a fee for service (either hourly or as a percentage of account holdings) on retirement plans were considered fiduciaries.

Read HERE for a more detailed explanation.

New States Added to WWII Draft Registration Cards!

Fold3 has added new U.S. states to its collection of WWII Draft Registration Cards! The collection (via the National Archives) now also includes Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming, and Virginia. The cards in this collection are registration cards for the draft and do not necessarily indicate that the individual served in the military. Read more.


65 new Gale Courses added

This is exciting! Not only does Gale Courses have a new, optimized learning center, they have also added 65 new courses. If you haven’t tried any of these six-week instructor led classes, you should check them out through our Web Resources page. Here are some of the new Gale Courses:

  • Real Estate Investing
  • Publish and Sell Your E-Books
  • Romance Writing
  • Get Assertive!
  • Get Funny!
  • Enhancing Language Development in Childhood
  • Lose Weight and Keep It Off


LexisNexis Legal Research Training Session May 18

LexisNexis, one of the most popular online resources, is a legal reference powerhouse. A representative from LexisNexis will discuss how to search state and federal cases, statues, codes and regulations, and law reviews and journals. You’ll get a demonstration of the product’s features, discover search strategies, and have a chance to ask questions.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Training Room
Please register: Legal Research with LexisNexis

Making Rare Materials Visible to the World

Scanning all kinds of material has become a common task thanks to the availability of devices like Flip-Pal and special phone apps like Pic Scanner for iphones or Google PhotoScan for android phones.  But what do you do with a book that is nearly 6 feet by 7 1/2 feet when opened?  The British Library recently faced this challenge when it digitized its copy of the 1660 Klencke Atlas, one of the world’s largest books.  The library made a video of the process available on YouTube recently. The Klencke Atlas contains 41 wall-sized, extremely rare maps.  These maps reveal what Dutch cartographers knew about the world during the High Renaissance period.  The public domain images of the atlas are part of the British Library’s Picturing Places online resource.

If you are looking for a digitized collection of items closer to home, go the the MPPL digital collection Dimensions of Life in Mount Prospect.  This collection includes an image of an 1873 map of Mount Prospect.

Two New Databases for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

MPPL has recently added two new and exciting databases from Gale focused on resources ideal for entrepreneurs and small business owners: Business Insights: Global and Small Business Resource Center. Available as part of our Web Resources and accessible to anyone inside the library (and remotely at home for MPPL cardholders), these two powerful resources offer information and help around everything from writing a business plan, market research and industry reports to company information, funding sources and management strategies. If you’re someone working to start your own business or simply looking for ways to enhance your current one, take a moment to explore these rich and user-friendly tools!

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – May 2017

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

Cover of The Aisles Have EyesThe Aisles Have Eyes
by Joseph Turow
Drawing on a wealth of sources, an advertising and digital studies expert presents an eye-opening book that shows how a new hyper-competitive generation of merchants is already using data mining, in-store tracking and predictive analytics to change the way we buy, undermine our privacy and define our reputations.
Cover of Divided We StandDivided We Stand
by Marjorie J. Spruill
Although much has been written about the role that social issues have played in politics, little attention has been given to the historical impact of women activists on both sides. Spruill reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation as Democrats continued to support women’s rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values.
Cover of The UpstartsThe Upstarts
by Brad Stone
In 2007, the crash had Wall Street and Silicon Valley reeling. The Valley was ready for a new revolution. Enter the upstarts. Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb are just two of the disrupters Brad Stone examines in this fly-on-the-wall look at the intersection of tech, business, and culture.
Cover of CannibalismCannibalism
by Bill Schutt
A research associate at the American Museum of Natural History presents a tour of cannibalism in the human and animal worlds to explore its evolutionary roles and how it has manifested culturally as a survival mechanism, burial ritual and warfare tactic.
Cover of The Cubs WayThe Cubs Way
by Tom Verducci
A Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and Emmy Award-winning FOX Sports analyst chronicles how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest World Series championship drought in history.
Cover of The Yellow EnvelopeThe Yellow Envelope
by Kim Dinana
After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of American EclipseAmerican Eclipse
by David Baron
Discover the efforts of three late-19th-century scientists to observe the rare total solar eclipse of 1878 and how the respective ambitions of James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison, juxtaposed against the challenges of the Wild West, helped America’s early pursuits as a scientific superpower.
Cover of SubstituteSubstitute
by Nicholson Baker
Baker, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author became an on-call substitute teacher in pursuit of the realities of American public education, describing his complex difficulties with helping educate today’s students in spite of flawed curriculums and interpersonal challenges.
Cover of Finance for Normal PeopleFinance for Normal People
by Meir Statman
Statman, a founder of behavioral finance, draws on his extensive research and the research of many others to build a unified structure of behavioral finance. Its foundation blocks include normal behavior, behavioral portfolio theory, behavioral life-cycle theory, behavioral asset pricing theory, and behavioral market efficiency.
Cover of The American Idea of HomeThe American Idea of Home
by Bernard Friedman
The American idea of home and the many types of housing that embody it launch lively, wide-ranging conversations about some of the most vital and important issues in architecture today, which Friedman outlines in five overarching themes.
Cover of The Duct Tape EngineerDuct Tape Engineer
by Lance Akiyama
Akiyama will show readers how to design, sculpt, and build eighteen mega projects. From backpacks to kayaks and kiddie pools to catapults – out of duct tape in their own back yards. Projects are designed to be long-lasting as well as fun, with advice on solid construction techniques and weather proofing.
Cover of 50 Hikes in the Ozarks50 Hikes in the Ozarks
by Johnny Molloy
Witness the natural majesty of the Ozarks with this complete and thorough guide to America’s most expansive and beautiful mountain ranges. Seasoned hiking expert Johnny Molloy maps out the best trails in the region, one for every level of hiker.


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