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Safari Tech Books- Your Recommendations?

Do you have a favorite information technology book that the Library doesn’t currently own? How about a hot tech topic that the Library collection should develop?

After recently weeding some older editions we now have several dozen open slots in our rotating Safari E-book Collection. We welcome your help to fully utilize our allotted number of titles.

Geographic Information Visualization - Simply Map 2

Trial extended through June 15th!

Hugely improved with intuitive “wizards” to guide queries, SimplyMap 2 makes business and demographic information accessible to non-experts through a mapping visualization interface.  Included in this trial is temporary access to the amazingly deep Simmons LOCAL and Claritas PRIZM (Nielson) data sets with consumer and opinion data points such as religious and political views that you cannot otherwise find in Census data.  This data is excellent for market research, justifying new product dev

Gartner IT Research Discontinued - Alternate Recommendations

UPDATE as of 9/1/2010 Drexel no longer carries Gartner Research -

Instead we recommend:

Faulkners for basic definitions and market awareness

Burton Group for in-depth tactical decision support on technology management issues, or

IGI

Information Systems & Technology Associations

Professional associations are good investments. Whether you are networking for a job, keeping skills up to date or just seeking the company of colleagues, your reward from participating will exceed your investment many times over. I have only included groups that I know to have an active chapter in the Philadelphia area, just as a way to illustrate the F2F aspect of association activity and provide ideas of associations that are likely to exist anywhere.

Half-dozen Types of Info Tech / Info Sys Literature

Gerry Stahl's INFO105 class recently heard about the different kinds of literature I find in the information technology / information systems field.  Following ancient library wisdom  "use the right tool for the job," students who distinguish between the following 6 types are in a better position to take advantage of the strengths of each, while avoiding some of the "round-peg-square-hole" pitfalls that might otherwise arise.

New Gartner Research Portal has "Hype Cycles" & "Magic Quadrants" - Now Clickable!

With Drexel's recent service upgrade, students can now directly access the Gartner Research Portal and browse interactive online versions of reports we previously had only as flat PDF's.

Gartner.com Portal Now Available Directly for Students

UPDATE as of 9/1/2010 Drexel no longer carries Gartner Research - See Faulkners, Burton or IGI Global instead

Now everyone at Drexel can use THIS LINK to create a personal portal account on the native Gartner interface instead of the old locally hosted version we had.  To create your own a

Information Technology Case Studies - Keeping IT Real!

IT cases are great teaching and learning tools.  If you're a faculty member teaching students with limited professional exposure, you have only so many ways of "making it real" for your class.

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