When I opened the letter addressed to my small business, it looked like an official government mailing. It even cited a section of the Colorado Revised Statutes (a touch only a government documents librarian might appreciate). After closer inspection of this mailing from an entity calling itself the "Corporate Controllers Unit," I surmised they were trying to prey upon people who didn't have the time or skills to decipher a con.
I made plans to expose this bogus use of C.R.S. sections 7-90-301 and 7-90-501 as soon as possible. Other outraged businesses have beat me to it. Here is part of an April 4th News Alert sent out from the office of the Colorado Secretary of State:
Remember the Handbook of Dividend Achievers? It was a quarterly paperback that profiled stocks that paid out good, reliable dividends, which is something of a niche investment market. We no longer carry the handbook, but the same information is available online.
In Mergent Online, click the dropdown marked "Index" and you will find Dividend Achievers right under Denmark. Leave the search box on the left blank, and you will get a list of Mergent's designated achievers. You can also limit by SIC code or exchange. A few words about dividends.
Can't make it to the library, but need to get started on a research project? Gale Virtual Reference Library offers a whole set of reference books online. All you need to use it from home or anywhere else with internet access is your Denver Public Library card number and password. Take a look at how useful it can be.
The first page offers a search box where you can enter a keyword. This Basic search will bring up articles from a variety of books. If you know more precisely what you are looking for choose an advanced search to narrow down the subject area or even specific resources you want to search in. The search will return lists of articles by title with a short description. If you are interested you click and see the whole article within a complete citation that you can use in a bibliography. How great for reports and homework!
Our New York Times database is now available from Newsbank. In a continuing effort to make efficient use of scarce library funds, we regularly evaluate our databases and found that we had duplication of content.
The current New York Times full text is available in our America's Newspapers package from Newsbank. As a cost-saving measure, we are now linking directly to the New York Times from Newsbank.
It is a goldmine of up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.
When I tuned in to the rescue of the Chilean miners, I wondered why the Texas flag was everywhere. It didn't take me long to realize that it was the flag of Chile. The flag of Chile is very similar to the Texas flag. CultureGrams helped me see that I wasn't completely off my rocker.
CultureGrams is a great resource to learn about countries of the world and also about the states of our Union (and, for that matter, the provinces of Canada.)
Learn more about Chile. See the flag and maps, listen to the national anthem and read about the history, the people, the customs, the lifestyle and even a few recipes that those miners can enjoy again now that they're back above ground.
Value Line Plus Small & Mid-Cap is available online for Denver Public Library card holders. This new expanded version now offers small & mid-cap information online. Whether you are investigating playing the stock market for the first time or you're an experienced investor, there is something for you here.
The Value Line Investment Survey, published weekly, tracks approximately 1,700 stocks in over 90 industries. Its Timeliness Ranking System ranks stocks on a scale of 1 to 5 for probable market performance over the next 6 to 12 months. The Small & Mid-Cap Survey reports on approximately 1,800 small & mid-cap stocks not included in The Value Line Investment Survey. These mostly small-capitalization stocks are ranked for Performance, Technical Merit, and Safety.
It talks about historic Sanborn Fire Insurance maps that show historical views of Denver and other places. "As buildings changed, the maps were updated with paste-overs.... It's like showing geologic layers of Denver."