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“The reference help is an amazing resource. I didn’t even know about it until now!”
– COMM 465 student, October 2016

English and business communication resources

As part of the Plan For Success campaign, David Lam Library has put on a display of books aimed at helping you deepen your understanding of English and learn more about business communication. To find out more about this campaign, check out the  Plan For Success website. You can find more information about Communication Development Programs on the myBcom website. Here you will find links on how to improve your grades, get support from the Communication Coaches or learn how to obtain information about academic integrity.  As always, David Lam librarians are here to help you out with your research!

Check out the book list below and come borrow one of these great resources from the CLC to help you succeed in English communication.

Title Author Year Call Number
Contemporary business English Scot Ober 2005 PE1112 .O123 2005
Business English : a complete guide to developing an effective business writing style Andrea Geffner 2004 PE1479.B87 G4 2004
Essentials of business communication for English language learners Mary Ellen Guffey 2009 HF5718.3 .G848 2009
Booher’s rules of business grammar : 101 fast and easy ways to correct the most common errors Dianna Daniels Booher 2009 PE1115 .B626 2009
Five-minute activities for business English Paul Emmerson 2005 PE1115 .E46 2005
Dictionary of business terms Jae K. Shim 2006 HF1001 .S5247 2006
Guide to Canadian English usage Margery Fee 2007 PE3235 .F44 2007
Power verbs for presenters : hundreds of verbs and phrases to pump up your speeches and presentations Michael Lawrence Faulkner 2013 HF5718.22 .F38 2013
Make an impact with your written English : how to use word power to impress in presentations, reports, PR and meetings Fiona Talbot 2009  PE1479.B87 T355 2009
The language of business meetings Michael Handford 2010 HF5734.5 .H36 2010
Guide for internationals : culture, communication, and ESL (English as a second language) Sana Reynolds 2006 HD8081.A5 R495 2006
Writing & speaking at work : a practical guide for business communication Edward P. Bailey 2008 HF5718 .B343 2008
AMA Handbook of business letters Jeffrey Seglin 2002 HF5726 .S42 2002

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“Fantastic – great work – I really appreciate the extra effort here!”
– Faculty, September 2016

Database spotlight: Vividata

Have you discovered that our library subscribes to Vividata (formerly “Print Measurement Bureau” or PMB)? This database includes information on Canadians’ usage of over 3500 products and services. Information includes their demographics, attitudes, media consumption, retail outlets, frequency of usage and (when sponsored) the brands they use.

This database has a newly redesigned interface. Once you connect to the database, click on Products and Demographics (the middle of the 3 buttons) to access basic demographics (age, income, education level, occupation, region, etc.) for Canadian consumers of specific types and brands of products and services, across more than 300 different categories.

You can also click on the Media, Lifestyle and Products button to obtain psychographic cluster, leisure activity, and media usage information for the consumers of many products and services. Note that lifestyles/attitudes data is not available at the brand level.

If you are looking for data on the readers of specific Canadian magazines and newspapers, click on the Readership and Demographics button.

NOTE: Be sure to clear the cookies in your browser (or switch browsers) between viewing the product, lifestyle, and readership reports or the database will keep reloading the same type of report.

To get an understanding of the range of products and services covered by the Vividata survey, check out their   list of the topics covered. I strongly encourage you to pause and scan the tips we’ve left for you, including a link to a guide on how to read the complicated Vividata reports. You can also take a look at How to use Print Measurement Bureau, a short video tutorial from the business librarian at McGill University.

Have we piqued your interest? If so, we recommend you get in touch with a business librarian. Be sure to drop in during our reference hours, Monday to Friday 1-4 at the David Lam Library.  We would love to illustrate the amazing benefits of using this database.

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“Thanks so much! I appreciate your help!”
– Ph.D student, September 2016

Koerner Fiction collection on display at Lam library

David Lam Library started a small fiction collection this summer and we have just added several new titles such as Cloud Atlas and Tigana. We also wanted to take this opportunity to expose our students to the wider UBC collections. We partnered with Koerner library to trial hosting selected fiction titles in the David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons in order to highlight their wonderful fiction collection. David Lam Library librarians and staff were encouraged to recommend their favorite fiction titles from Koerner Library, and many of them can now be found on display in the CLC. In addition to being a lot of fun, fiction, including young adult fiction, is beneficial in supporting student success in writing and speaking in English. Additionally, studies have shown that book lovers live longer! According to a Yale study, people who read books have a 20% reduction in risk of mortality compared to people who do not read books. Longevity was not increased by reading newspapers! So we encourage you to borrow one of our fiction titles before this term starts getting really busy.

Here are some of the Koerner fiction titles currently on display at Lam library:

– Life of Pi : a novel / Yann Martel

PS8576.A7651 L53 2001c

– The war of Don Emmanuel’s nether parts : a novel / Louis de Bernières.

PR6054.E132 W3 1990

– The quiet American / Graham Greene

PR6013.R32 Q4 1992

-The Great Gatsby / Stephen Matterson

PS3511.I8 G865 1990

-The age of innocence / Edith Wharton

PS3162 .A4 2002

– Pride and prejudice / Jane Austen

PR4034 .P9 2006

-Anne of Green Gables / Montgomery, L. M

PR9226.O6 A61 1908

– Brave New World / Aldous Huxley

PR6015.U95 B65 2005

– Scarlet Feather / Maeve Binchy

PR6052.I53 S33 2000

– Fluke, or, I know why the winged whale sings / Christopher Moore

PS3563.O594 F58 2003

-The arrival / Shaun Tan

PN6790.A83 T36 2006

– Fugitive pieces / Anne Michaels

PR9299.I132 F8 1996

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“This handout is excellent. Thank you so much!”
– Faculty member, August 2016

UBC and the Rio Olympics

Did you know that UBC’s Rio 2016 contingent is the largest of any Canadian university? Twenty-nine current and former UBC student athletes are part of Team Canada’s roster while another 17 members of the UBC community will be in Brazil as coaches, management, support staff, and medical and paramedical personnel for Team Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee. To learn more about each of our athletes, check out UBC’s Rio 2016 Olympics Roster. UBC is proud of the fact that our athletes have participated in the Olympics since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam. Take a look at this news article to find out more about UBC Olympic and Paralympic history.

The 2016 Summer Olympics are being held from August 5 to August 21, 2016, and have attracted more than 11,000 athletes from 206 countries. Team Canada has 314 athletes. The official website of Team Canada at Rio provides live coverage of the games and our medal winners.

In honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics, David Lam library has created a book display about the business aspects of sports and the Olympics. Come to the CLC to check out the display and get an insider’s guide to the fascinating business of sport.

Title Author Year Call Number
Developing successful sport marketing plans David K. Stotlar 2009 GV716 .S737 2009
Sport management cultures Vassil Girginov 2011 GV706.5 .S664 2011
Strategic sports event management Guy Masterman 2009 GV713 .M3678 2009
Managing sport business : an introduction Linda Trenberth and David Hassan 2012 GV716 .M355 2012
Global sport business : community impacts of commercial sport Hans Westerbeek 2011 GV716 .G56 2011
The success equation : untangling skill and luck in business, sports, and investing Michael J. Mauboussin 2012 BF637.S8 M34125 2012
Sports sponsorship : principles and practices John A. Fortunato 2013 GV716 .F69 2013
Beyond the scoreboard : an insider’s guide to the business of sport Rick Horrow, Karla Swatek 2011 GV716 .H67 2011
Key concepts in sport management Terri Byers 2012 GV713 .B94 2012
Team sports marketing Kirk L. Wakefield 2007 GV716 .W33 2007
Consumer behavior knowledge for effective sports and event marketing Lynn R. Kahle, Angeline G. Close 2011 HF5415.32 .C65866 2011
Economic issues in major sporting events Zuzana Fromm 2009 GV716 .F76 2009
The Olympic Games effect : how sports marketing builds strong brands John A. Davis 2008 GV721.5 .D38 2008

 

10 Business Books to Read This Summer

Are you looking for some great business literature to read this summer? You’re in luck because David Lam Library has just developed a list of 10 business books to read this summer! They can all be found in the Great Reads section of the library, inside the Canaccord Learning Commons.  

We also wanted to encourage you to tweet your business book recommendations using the hashtag #‎sbalibrary, and they will be shared with UBC’s Small Business Accelerator (SBA) community. For more information about SBA, check out their blog.

Take a look at the list of summer reads below:

1. Getting Organized in the Google Era : How to Stay Efficient, Productive (and Sane) in an Information-Saturated World (link is external) by Douglas C. Merrill

Learn about organization from former Google CIO Douglas C. Merrill. Merrill draws on his intimate knowledge of how the brain works to help us develop fresh, innovative, and flexible systems of organization tailored to our individual goals, constraints, and lifestyles.

2. Leading the Life You Want : Skills for Integrating Work and Life (link is external) by Stewart D. Friedman

Friedman, a Wharton professor, identifies the critical skills for integrating work and the rest of life. He illustrates them through compelling and original stories of six remarkable leaders.

3. Lean in : Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (link is external) by Sheryl Sandberg

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, common-sense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

4. Mindful Work : How Meditation is Changing Business From the Inside Out (link is external) by David Gelles

For the past few years, mindfulness has begun to transform the American workplace. Many of our largest companies, such as General Mills, Ford, Target, and Google, have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. Research shows that meditation may be the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace.

5. No One Understands You and What to do About It (link is external) by Heidi Grant Halvorson

This book explains why we’re often misunderstood and how we can fix that. The books shines light on the lenses that shape perception including trust, power, and ego.

6. Peer Power : Transforming Workplace Relationships (link is external) by Cynthia Clay and Ray Olitt

This book provides the keys to effective interpersonal collaboration focusing on four principles: Be Real, Extend Respect, Take Responsibility, and Build Relationships. Learn how to apply five strategies: Collaborating, Going Head-to-Head, Compromising, Coaching, and Caring-for-Self  at the moment of need.

7. Singletasking : Get More Done–One Thing at a Time (link is external) by Devora Zack

This book provides neuroscientific evidence to prove that you really can’t do more by trying to tackle several things at once. There is a better way to deal with all the information and interruptions that bombard us today. Singletasking explains exactly how to clear and calm your mind, arrange your schedule and environment, and gently manage the expectations of people around you.

8. Social Intelligence : The New Science of Success (link is external) by Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht defines social intelligence (SI) as the ability to get along well with others while winning their cooperation. This book is filled with intriguing concepts, enlightening examples, stories, cases, situational strategies, and a self-assessment tool – all designed to help you learn to navigate social situations more successfully.

9. Steal Like an Artist : 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (link is external) by Austin Kleon

A guide to creativity in the digital age, this book presents ten transformative principles to help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life. The author’s message is that you don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself.

10. This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement (link is external) by Sarah van Gelder

The first book on the movement that has changed the political landscape. It features contributions from veteran progressive observers and Occupy activists. There are chapters by Naomi Klein (a speech she gave at Occupy Wall Street), Ralph Nader, David Korten, and Rebecca Solnit, among others.

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“Wow! I am so happy I can access all these tools for free. This is like a dream !”
– Summer program exchange student from South America, July 2016

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