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Guelph Public Library

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Business and career eBooks and eAudiobooks  are available 24/7 with your library card!

If you haven’t tried eBooks yet, there is a great collection available through the Guelph Public Library website.

You will find help sheets for various eReaders under the eLibrary, eBooks and eAudiobooks tab on the main page of the website. Once you’ve got the software or apps installed you are set to go!

Our largest collection of electronic books is from the Overdrive digital download library service (see the quick link button over on  the right hand side of the main webpage, it’s bright blue and says Download in big letters!). Log in to the service with your library card number/Pin. Items can be signed out for 14 or 21 days, you can place holds on items out and best of all, there are no late fees.

New titles are added each month and you can choose Business and Career books as a category in the menu.

We also have some classic business titles available through our other vendor Ebscohost. This collection is closed, so no new titles are added, but there are some great classic titles in the Business and Economics category.

Under eLibrary, click on eBooks and eAudiobooks and scroll down to the providers category, choose Ebscohost.

Have a look, there are some gems.

If you are having difficulty with your device, you can now book an eExpert online by filling out a form. You can see this on the left hand side of the eBook how to page. One of our eBook experts will be happy to help you at a time convenient for you.

With electronic resources, the library is always open.


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Rocky times for GenY?

Let’s hope not, but a recent survey by TD Canada Trust showed that 34% of Gen Y (Millennials,born in the early 80’s to early 00’s) are having a hard time saving due to the high cost of their education, low salaries or difficulty even finding employment and unfortunately , impulse buying.

The survey found that at least 36% had a hard time resisting purchasing items they knew they couldn’t afford. This is double the amount of boomers who shell out beyond their means.

The average school debt is listed at $28,000, but I have heard higher amounts quoted as well.

Here are some titles to consider borrowing (FOR FREE!) from the library to help you budget and save money:

A dollar in your pocket

The behavior gap: simple ways to stop doing dumb things with your money

Money rules: rule your money, or your money will rule you

The money book for everyone else

The wealthy barber returns

You can search for more titles in the catalogue by using a subject search of either Budgets, Personal or Finance, Personal.

If you have a look at many of the bank websites, they also have some sections offering advice to students regarding saving and investing.  You can also look up more articles on this topic by accessing the library website and clicking on eLibrary , eResources and then choosing the category Newspapers and Magazines. Remember, it’s all free with your Guelph Public Library card.

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Whither goest the mighty RIM?

An article in today’s Guelph Mercury,  indicates that the glory days of Blackberry are over with the flop in the sales of the new smartphone. The company is scrambling to regain from losses sustained over the past few years and of course the board shakeup not too long ago. Check out these items if you want to read more about the history of the company that could do no wrong just a few years ago:

Blackberry planet

Blackberry : the inside story of research in motion

For more recent articles regarding the highs and lows of the company, check out our eresources for current (and older) newspaper/magazine articles.

Under eLibrary, pick eResources and then choose Newspapers and magazines.

Here’s hoping Blackberry can come back from the brink once more.

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Detroit files for bankruptcy

Detroit filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, the largest U.S. city to do so. After failing to reach concessions with creditors, the bankruptcy expert the state hired in March filed for Chapter 9 yesterday. The city has lost around 250,000 residents between 2000 and 2010, bringing it to a population of around 700,000. Services have been slashed, the murder rate is the highest it’s been for 40 years and there are many abandoned buildings just left to decay.

We went to Detroit last year, and we walked the beautiful river front and the downtown area. The people were friendly, the areas we visited were interesting and we did feel relatively safe. We saw homes that were boarded up as well however, and sadly many of those were occupied. We visited the abandoned train station which is probably the biggest symbol of decay in the city. (Michigan Central Station)

How did a city that was once the proud Motor City come to this?

Check out the following items from our collection:


Detroit: a biography

Detroit : an American autopsy

You can also read the current newspaper articles about Detroit and the bankruptcy filing in our Elibrary eresources, by clicking on the newspaper and magazine tab and choosing Library Press Display.

There are also some pretty interesting documentaries available online, check out

We may be visiting Detroit again this summer, and I wonder what difference we will see.


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New Books

Retail Revival : Reimagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism by Doug Stephens

ImageTraditional retail is becoming increasingly volatile and challenged as a business model. Brick-and-mortar has shifted to online, while online is shifting into pop-up storefronts. Virtual stores in subway platforms and airports are offering new levels of convenience for harried commuters. High Street and Main Street are becoming the stuff of nostalgia. The Big Box is losing ground to new models that attract consumers through their most-trusted assistant–the smartphone. Whats next? Whats the future for you–a retailer–who is witnessing a tsunami of change and not knowing if this means grasping ahold of new opportunity or being swept away? “The Retail Revival “answers these questions by looking into the not-so-distant retail past and by looking forward into a future that will continue to redefine retail and its enormous effect on society and our economies.

Happy money : the science of smarter spending by Elizabeth Dunn 

dunnIn this helpful, enthusiastic book, authors Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton address the relationship between happiness and money, and you might be surprised by what you learn: having more money doesn’t necessarily equate to more happiness. Instead, it’s how you spend it that counts. Their five principles of money — buy experiences (not stuff), make your purchases a treat (rather than an everyday thing), buy time, pay now and consume later, and invest in others — will allow you to wrest the most happiness from your spending. And the more of these principles you can combine in one purchase, the more happiness you’ll experience. Backed up by solid research, this book ultimately offers “helpful ways to think about improving quality of life as it relates to finances” (Kirkus Reviews).

Decisive : how to make better choices in life and work by Chip Heath

heathWhen faced with a difficult choice, what do you tend to do? According to brothers and bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath, how you approach making decisions is more important than the decision itself. To help strengthen your decision-making process, they offer four principles to follow: widen your options, reality-test your assumptions, attain distance before making a decision, and prepare to be wrong. They follow up with real-world examples of these best practices. And while they focus on case studies from the business world, the tools explained here can be used in your personal life as well.

Business brilliant : surprising lessons from the greatest self-made business leaders about how to build wealth, manage your career, and take risks by Lewis Schiff

schiffWhat’s the difference between the self-made wealthy and the not-so-wealthy? In addition to the size of their bank accounts, quite a lot, actually. For one, most self-made millionaires have learned the art of negotiation, aren’t afraid to fail, and spend energy nurturing contacts. In Business Brilliant, author Lewis Schiff offers up seven principles that set these wealthy individuals apart, explains a four-step program for greater financial success, and includes profiles of successful entrepreneurs who embody these principles. Though it takes a different tack than many personal finance books, Business Brilliant may nevertheless help you improve your financial situation.

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Canadian made

There was an interesting article in the Guelph and Waterloo papers last week about the attempt to make clothing here in Canada (like we used to). The John Forsyth Shirt Company closed down the plant in Cambridge earlier this year leaving 110 people unemployed. The former director of manufacturing bought out some of the assets and has reopened the factory under the name Canadian-Made apparel. Some of the former Forsyth workers are back on board as well. Read the story here:
The Waterloo region area has been hard hit with factory closures, so this is some good news.
In the light of recent events Canadian made in a factory that must adhere to safety regulations sounds pretty darn good. More than 1000 people have died in Bangladesh because of a lack of safety concerns and due care. Perhaps we have to take another look at how we buy what we buy. Many of the clothes made overseas are less expensive, but at what cost?

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Unions, both their importance and problems, are topics that are hard to avoid this week. As I write this the death toll in the Bangladesh factory collapse has risen to over 300. Thinking about these workers, it is difficult not to conclude that there is a basic right that they are being denied: the right to organize collectively as workers and fight for their own safety, health, work conditions and wages. I heard someone speaking on the CBC about how the government in Bangladesh is corrupt and ineffective, that organizations running the factories are largely criminal. Not only is there no one acting in the interest of these workers, everything is against them in advocating for themselves. This includes the multinational companies whose products these workers produce. In the logic of capitalism, a company like Joe Fresh (who’s products were produced in the factory that collapsed) does not own or manage the factory but hires a company who hires a company that organizes contracts with factories, and somewhere along this chain someone hires a (largely symbolic)company that monitors safety. This long line of divestment stretches around the world from product to producer to consumer, leaving the worker at the very bottom of a very dark place. 

It wasn’t so long ago that the exploited worker was the foundation of western manufacture and service industries. The working conditions we read about in Bangladesh were a fact of life in Canada until labour unions started demanding better conditions. In 1872, 1500 Hamilton workers marched in support of a radical idea- a 9 hour work day- thus began the long history of organized labour in this country. It’s a different story today. Do a Google news search for “unions”, and you will find the news is mostly bad: US Steel (which took over Stelco) is locking out its workers this week in Nanticoke ON, Alberta prison workers are on a strike that the provincial government is trying to declare illegal, LCBO workers are also talking strike. In the eyes of the current federal government, and increasingly the general public, unions are seen as a hindrance to the economy, they are overentitled workers complaining about benefits and wage increases that are only dreamt of in nonunionized sectors. And it is getting hard to argue against this, especially after all the hard feelings surrounding the teacher strike this year. On the other hand, someone working in retail, manufacturing, public service and other areas, should be able to have a decent job in this country and unions are the way to attain that. Its seems there are potential extremes on both sides- on one side there can be too much union power, to point where workers demands cripples an industry and it becomes no longer viable, or it becomes that employers cannot afford the increasing costs of its fulltime employees and fills the workforce with that loophole that is part-time work. The other side is no organized labour, like with the Bangladesh garment workers, who have no protection against the tyranny of a global economic capital system that demands the cheapest production costs to attain maximum profit.  

Do we need a new model? Is collective bargaining as it has been done in Canada for over a hundred years need rethinking? And what can be done to help garment workers in Bangladesh?  Adam Smith in the Wealth Of Nations wrote:

What improves the circumstances of the greater part can never be regarded as an inconveniency to the whole. No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.

Smith thought that a free market economy, including the advantages of industrialization, would lift everybody out of a life that was “solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short” to quote Thomas Hobbes. Undoubtedly we need to start thinking of today’s global economy as one interconnected society that is as rich as its poorest members. Maybe there something that unions here can do to help labour organization elsewhere? and maybe unions here have much to learn by talking with workers around the world?

some books:

A quest for humanity : the good society in a global world

Working people

 The Canadian labour movement : a short history

Canadian labour in crisis : reinventing the workers’ movement 

Can we put an end to sweatshops?

Wal-Mart : the face of twenty-first-century capitalism