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ReferenceUSA database access preserved by partnership with the SIUE Small Business Development Center

9/17/2015 - Two years ago, the Library initiated a license to ReferenceUSA, a widely adopted directory database from Infogroup that provides information on 14 million U.S. businesses and some 210 million U.S. residents with the capability of zeroing in on specific locations of business entities, e.g., all of the Walgreens stores in metropolitan St. Louis.  Previously, the Library had subscribed to the popular, Midwestern-limited, SorkinsOnline database but decided to move to ReferenceUSA to allow for broader, nation-wide searching of companies. The database was also seen as an ideal career-development resource with its specifics on companies, key officers, and location-specific data.

With the budget scenario presented at the beginning of this fiscal year, however, it was regrettably necessary to cancel our license with ReferenceUSA.  When this fact became known to Patrick McKeehan, Director of the SIUE Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a conversation started between Business Librarian Paul Anthony and Mr. McKeehan on how we might preserve this resource.  An agreement was quickly reached in which the SBDC would cover 80% of the cost of a year’s renewal, with the Library handling the remainder from a non-state Business-fund account.  This important database is secure for the time-being thanks to Patrick and the SBDC.

For more information on the SIUE SBDC, please visit their website.  The SIUE Small Business Development Center (SIUE SBDC) is a service to the community supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Business.

New Equipment Available for Checkout

9/1/2014 - The library has acquired some new equipment over the summer! You can now check out any of our newly added inventory of voice recorders, LED projectors, Canon Cameras, and GoPro cameras.

Voice Recorder – You can now voice record for prolonged periods at one time now with the increased battery life and storage space available. Calendar events can also be saved as well.
LED Projector – These new projectors are much smaller than typical size projectors, so they are made for convenient and on the go usability. They also offer several input options which give you a great choice of how you want to put your pictures or movies on the screen, be it HDMI, SD, A/V plugin, and numerous others.
Canon Camera (PowerShot SX510 HS) – Canon cameras are always top of the line in terms of efficiency. With these, you can take full 1080p resolution pictures as well as video.
GoPro HERO – Take these with you on any adventure. Be it a hike through the woods or snowboarding down a mountain, capture your experience with clear 720p resolution and sound. Attach it to your jacket, helmet, or backpack with one of the adhesive mounts and record your adventure.

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