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New to the Digital Collections: Dun & Bradstreet | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business | Library of Congress

January 10, 2022 by Natalie Burclaff

Cover page of the Reference Book. July 1901, volume 133. R.G. Dun & Company. Library of Congress Digital Collections.

The Science, Technology & Business Division is excited to announce the digital collection of Dun’s Reference Book from 1900 to 1924!

In the Business Reference Section, about 20% of the questions we receive are related to locating information on historical businesses. We use a lot of resources to answer these questions: historical newspapers, city directories and telephone books, industry lists, and insurance maps. One useful resource in our tool belt is the Dun & Bradstreet Reference Book, a credit directory, which is why we are thrilled that the volumes from 1900 to 1924 are now available online!

For those who are unfamiliar with this title, it was published starting in 1859 by the Mercantile Agency, part of R.G. Dun & Company. Dun merged with Bradstreet in 1933 and they continued producing these volumes until 2006.

Unlike other kinds of directories, which are often focused on a particular metropolitan area or type of industry, Dun’s Reference Book collection has national coverage and includes “merchants, manufacturers, and traders” in a wide range of industries from the largest cities to the smallest towns across the United States and Canada.

Source: New to the Digital Collections: Dun & Bradstreet | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business

Offbeat | 5 books that made me get out of my own way – The Pitt News

By Jillian Rowan, Staff Writer January 9, 2022

From article…

If there were ever a time to get reading, the start of a new year is it.

Here are five publications, both traditional books and guided journals, that are sure to make 2022 your year for mental, physical and emotional wellness.

1. 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think “101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think” is one of my favorite books of all time.

Brianna Wiest’s 2016 publication appropriately comprises 101 essays detailing how to pursue purpose, find peace in the daily routine and discover peace and awareness within you. Wiest, known for her philosophical works, creates literature to realign people’s inner narratives with their higher selves and potential.

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Source: Offbeat | 5 books that made me get out of my own way – The Pitt News

Donald Trump and his family fleeced America: Why aren’t they being held accountable? | Salon.com

By Dean Obeidallah, Published December 31, 2021 6:00AM (EST)

Donald Trump (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston is not giving up on exposing how Donald Trump and his family fleeced America while he was in the White House.

Trump Image…

To that end, the bestselling author is back with a meticulously researched new book, “The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family.”

I recently spoke to Johnston about his new book for “Salon Talks” and one thing is clear: His enthusiasm to see Trump held accountable has not waned just because the Trump presidency is over.

In “The Big Cheat,” he uncovers details on Trump’s scams that began with his inaugural committee and ran straight through his “Stop the Steal” fundraising grift.

In between, Johnston notes a range of corruption by Trump, such as stopping in front of his Washington hotel during the inaugural parade in 2017 to send a clear message: “If you want something from the Trump administration, you will first pay tribute to Donald.” As Johnston writes, spending money at Trump’s hotel was one way to do just that.

-From article…

Source: Donald Trump and his family fleeced America: Why aren’t they being held accountable? | Salon.com

The most borrowed library books in San Francisco in 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle

By Nami Sumida | Dec. 31, 2021 4:00 a.m.

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Based on data provided by the San Francisco Public Library, The Chronicle compiled a list of the most borrowed books in 2021.

Note: Source: San Francisco Public Library, Based on circulation from Jan. 1 through Dec. 28, 2021.

The list includes national bestsellers, like “The Vanishing Half,” “The Midnight Library” and former President Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land.”

But it also includes titles by Bay Area-based authors, like Bonnie Tsui’s “Why We Swim” and a collection of essays by local writers, “The End of the Golden Gate: Writers on Loving And, Sometimes, Leaving San Francisco.”

Here are the 20 most borrowed titles in each category. Those set in the Bay Area or by local authors have an asterisk (*).

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Opinion | The golden age of public libraries dawns again – The Washington Post

By Editorial Board, Yesterday, 1/1/2021, at 8:00 a.m. EST

The Deichman Bjørvika library in Oslo has six floors held up by three towers, leaving an open atrium at the building’s center. It was named public library of the year in 2021. (Sigrid Harms/picture alliance via Getty Images)

As the world enters 2022, public libraries are emerging as one of the bright spots — literally.

An abundance of new and newly renovated libraries have opened their doors in the past two years.

In addition to being breathtakingly beautiful, many are exemplars of what great community spaces can and should be.

Indoors, they are filled with natural light. Books once packed together in dark corners are now on display on bright, welcoming shelves that could rival those in an Apple store.

Some libraries have added outdoor patios and roof decks.

Source: Opinion | The golden age of public libraries dawns again – The Washington Post

‘Science Needs Better Marketing’ Says Neil deGrasse Tyson – YouTube

From YouTube…

‘Science Needs Better Marketing’ Says Neil deGrasse Tyson

8,623 views • Dec 30, 2021

• Hayden Planetarium director and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses with Nicolle Wallace the year in science and what lies ahead in the new year.

Source: ‘Science Needs Better Marketing’ Says Neil deGrasse Tyson – YouTube