Kresge Library News: May 2008 Archives

May 30, 2008

Kresge Library Building Power Shutdown Scheduled for the Morning of Sunday, June 1st

This coming Sunday, June 1, power will be shut down in the Kresge Library Building and the Electronic Education Resources Building from 5:30am until 11:00am. This power outage is part of the new building construction project.

During this time, all Ross websites, including the Kresge Library website and catalog, will be unavailable.

The Kresge Library will open as scheduled at noon on that day.

OneSource Global Business Browser Gets New Search Functionality for Industry Data

The OneSource Global Business Browser database has added new functionality to make accessing its industry data easier. While users will still be able to browse industries by name, they can now search within the industry section as well.

To quickly access industry data, use the Quick Search box on the OneSource Global Business Browser homepage or use the drop-down menu and search box at the top of the page.

For more controlled searching, click on the Industries link in the navigation bar, and refine your search on the main Industry Search screen.

May 20, 2008

New Databases from Mergent

Two new databases, Mergent Events Data and Mergent Horizon, have been added to the A-Z Database page. Both databases are available to all UM users, including Flint and Dearborn.

Mergent Events Data provides up-dated information on stock-splits, mergers, tender offers, partial/full calls, and name changes. It enables users to capture and analyze breaking business developments as they occur and to research corporate actions, dividends, fixed income, and unit investment trust data from a historical perspective.

Mergent Horizon provides information about a firm's products; its relationships with its major customers, suppliers, and partners; its competitors; its financials; and the industry space in which it operates.

May 16, 2008

Kresge Library Construction Update

As you may know, the roof of the Kresge Library will be
changed to become a "Green Roof" as part of the creation of
the new Ross School of Business. While we are excited about
a roof that will allow for less run-off of rainwater and help
filter pollutants and CO2 out of the air, this is going to
make for a disruptive summer at Kresge. In addition, new
group study/interview rooms will be constructed on the second

Here is a recap of what you can expect at the library this

1. Fourth Floor Quiet Study Area
With the installation of the drains under the roof and the
actual removal of the roof itself, the fourth floor will be a
noisy place. We expect that the construction project will
start Monday May 19th and last two months. Unfortunately
this means that the quiet study area will be closed for the
duration of the project. The fourth floor will be open to
retrieve books and journals. We expect/hope that this work
will be completed by the end of July in time for the students
to start returning in August.

We do offer students, faculty and staff ear plugs (and are
ordering more) that are available at the Circulation Desk on
the second floor.

2. Moving of the Kresge Reference Collection
To accommodate the construction of the new group
study/interview rooms on the second floor, the reference
collection has been moved to the fourth floor. The space has
been converted to student workspace and we are now able to
accommodate around 50 more students on the north side of the
second floor than before. A new shelving unit that will hold
around 300 of the most commonly used reference books will be
added near the elevator. This project should be completed by
Fall Term.

3. Using the Group Study Rooms on the Third Floor
Given the noise on the second and fourth floors, we are
hoping that the group study rooms on the third floor will
work for people who need a quiet place to study. We will be
adding some tables in the entry space to maximize student

4. Construction on the Second Floor Connector to the New
There will be times during the summer when construction crews
will be working on the walkway between Kresge Library and the
new building. Floor and ceiling work will start on Wednesday
May 21st and should continue through the beginning of June.
As you might imagine, more construction is possible later in
the summer.

To recap, here are the key dates:

Wednesday May 14, 2008 - Construction begins on Kresge
Library drains - 4th Floor Quiet Study at Kresge is closed.

Monday May 19, 2008 - Construction begins on Kresge Library

Wednesday May 21 through Sunday May 25, 2008 – Construction
on the 2nd Floor Corridor to the new building.

Tuesday May 27, 2008 - Construction ends on Kresge Library
drains (4th Floor of Kresge).

Monday June 2, 2008 - Construction begins on Interview Rooms
on 2nd Floor.

Tuesday July 15, 2008 - Construction ends on Kresge Library
Roof - 4th Floor Quiet Study at Kresge opens back up.

August 2008 - Construction ends on Interview Rooms on 2nd

Thanks for your patience during these construction projects.
If you ever have any questions about the library or our
services, please do not hesitate to contact Corey Seeman at

May 15, 2008

New Database, Orbis, Replaces Amadeus

A new database, Orbis, has been added to the A-Z Database page. This database is available to all UM users and Ross Alumni, and replaces Amadeus.

Orbis has information about 40 million companies, including 18 million European companies from 46 countries, 16 million US and Canadian companies, 6.5 million South and Central American companies, 1.3 million Japanese companies, 300,000 Chinese companies, and 90,000 African companies. Orbis includes information about 30,000 banks and 8,000 insurance companies.

New Database: Zephyr

A new database, Zephyr, has been added to the A-Z Database page. This database is available to all UM users and Ross Alumni.

Zephyr provides information about M&A, IPO, and venture capital deals. These include over a 500,000 transactions with up to 100,000 new deals added each year. Coverage goes back five years for international deals and back to 1997 for deals involving European and American companies.

May 12, 2008

New Databases from International Monetary Fund

Two new databases, Balance of Payments and Direction of Trade Statistics, have been added to the A-Z Database page. Both databases are available to all UM users.

The Balance of Payments database summarizes, for a specific period, the economic transactions of an economy with the rest of the world. It reports total goods, services, factor income, and current transfers an economy receives from or provides to the rest of the world as well as capital transfers and changes in each economy's external financial claims and liabilities. This database contains time series data from 1948.

The Direction of Trade Statistics provides critical data on the value of merchandise exports and imports between each country and all its trading partners. It reports total bilateral and multilateral exports and imports aggregated at national or regional group level. This database contains time series data from 1980.

Kresge Library Closed on Saturday May 17, 2008

On Saturday May 17, 2008, the Kresge Library and the entire Ross School of Business complex will be closed. The complex will not have any water because of the need to connect water to the new building and to undertake some needed repairs on the water system in the existing building. This will not have an impact on other libraries on campus.

The Kresge Library will reopen on Sunday May 18th at noon. The Ross Complex will reopen 11am.

Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.