Well-behaved women seldom make history by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

What a great title. A tribute to women ranging over centuries and cultures. The book was discussed last week on the Diane Rehm show.
Ms Ulrich is a Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University , past Pulitzer and Bancroft prize winner, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship , etc.

Interestingly the book title is popular on bumper stickers across the country. My mother was a Rosie the Riveter in WW2. I bet she'd like this book and the bumper sticker.

Photocopy a book, improve the Michigan economy?

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Have you ever found a great recipe in a cookbook and photocopied it? If you have, then you've been exercising your "fair use" rights to copyright. In other words, even though an artist or publisher owns the rights to that book, movie, or song, you can still do a few things with that book even if you don't own it. Like check it out from a library!

Copyright geeks have been abuzz this month because a new report suggests that those few exceptions to copyright are worth big bucks: $507 billion in 2006, nearly 20% of U.S. GDP, to be exact. Or at least so says the Computer & Communications Industry Association, a business group representing such heavy hitters as Microsoft, Apple, and Google.

Okay, so maybe you copying that recipe didn't really spur the creation of new jobs. But the fact that Google, Yahoo, Ask, and their cohorts can crawl through websites (another fair use exception), even though those sites are copyrighted, certainly did. Which begs the question: should we have more exceptions to copyright? After all, the Copyright Clause of the Constitution is meant to "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts," i.e. spark new ideas and innovations. Perhaps we should even consider shortening the copyright term? What do YOU think?

Help for Job Hunters

Whether you’re a new graduate looking for your first job or a seasoned professional making a change, the AADL has tools to help with your job search.

The ReferenceUSA database provides company descriptions, links to news articles, and corporate family trees to help you learn about potential employers. Plus, you can find mailing addresses and a management directory to help get those cover letters and resumes to the right people!

Access the database from the Business and Investment section of our Research page. From the ReferenceUSA home page, choose “US Businesses” to start searching.

And, Library cardholders can access ReferenceUSA from home!

One Hour to Better Job Interviews

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Considering a career or a career change? The experts at Manpower will discuss the do's, the don'ts, the strategies for successful job interviews. Learn how to prepare, how to interact, and how to follow-up with savvy and style. Join us Thursday, April 5th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Downtown Branch Freespace. Please call 327-4525 to register.

No Worker Left Behind

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Governor Granholm has launched a new website No Worker Left Behind, a one-stop shop for resources to get a new job, learn about hot jobs and career trend and find short-term training and financial help. Check out the Job Seeker Toolkit page with tips on resume writing, cover letters, job interviewing and salary negotiation.

Career Skills Workshop for Grades 9-12

Learn where to look for a job, how to create a resume and beef it up, and how to ace the job interview. Join us in the multipurpose room of the Downtown Library this Sunday, March 4 from Noon to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Register at the Downtown Youth desk or call 327-8301.

SPARK a New Career in Ann Arbor

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Looking for a new career direction? Considering starting your own business? Then attend one of the Ann Arbor SPARK Career Change Boot Camps. These Boot Camps will provide an intensive one-day opportunity to learn from area experts, obtain information about resources and obtain one-on-one mentoring. Register online or call 734-761-9317 for more information on the many services offered through SPARK.

Make It a Michigan Career

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Look no further than the Michigan Career Portal for employment and training opportunities in Michigan. This one-stop-shopping site provides hundreds of links to job postings, career guidance, local labor market data and a wide range of services for job seekers who want to make their future here in Michigan.

New Year’s Resolution: Write a Bioblog

Bioblogs: Resumes for the 21st Century by Michael Holley Smith.

From the back cover of the book: "What is a Bioblog? It is a stunning, attention-getting, graphics-based art form that workers of the future will use to get hired by the best employers. A Bioblog will make you, as a knowledge worker, stand out from the pack of job seekers. It will present a unique version of you and tell employers what you can do for them in the future, as opposed to what you have done for different employers in the past. The old standard is no more. Bioblogs are the resumes of the future."

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