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september 2005

We create and manage the information and knowledge sharing experience in which Harvard Business School exchanges and uses information and knowledge assets.

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Message from the Executive Director

Baker's mission is to create and manage the information and knowledge sharing experience in which Harvard Business School exchanges and uses information and knowledge assets. We have five FY06 goals focused on:

1. Integration with the School's core processes.

2. Increasing information predictability across HBS information assets.

3. Developing the required information and knowledge management skills that will deliver a world class practice.

4. Increasing the ease of information and knowledge access and exchange.

5. Connecting history in today's context.

These exciting steps forward are reflected in one of our core service offerings: Baker Library's Web site. The site provides easy access to content we purchase and license, as well as to services such as interlibrary loans, circulation holds, and a new, expanded search scope. Our goal is to provide the information in the context that makes it simplest for you to do your work. We present views on the content and services that are commonly sought by first-time users as well as by MBA and doctoral students, faculty and staff, and the public.

You will notice a significant change in Search. We have leveraged our information architecture (schemas, taxonomy, naming conventions, and labels) to present the search results in a way that is relevant to you, and that provide you with one-stop shopping to searching other content both inside Harvard University and on the Internet.

We know our work only has meaning if it impacts the core processes of the School: breakthrough teaching, course development, and research. Baker's Web site is useful in all three processes. Please feel free to contact me with improvements for the site; your input is essential to make the site a powerful self-service tool.

Best regards,

—Mary Lee

Mary Lee Kennedy

Executive Director, Baker Library

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Baker Reopens as Intellectual Hub of HBS

Following a two-year, $53.4 million million renovation, Baker Library has been both restored to its historic splendor and retrofitted for electronic life in the twenty-first century-the epitome of the spectrum of tradition and innovation, both at the heart of HBS. The restored Baker not only offers researchers a wealth of new tools to do their work, but is poised to become the intellectual hub of the campus, bringing together faculty, students, and academics from all over the world.

We will offer more details on these improvements in the months to come, but here are some highlights:

Baker Exchange Located inside the south entrance, Baker Exchange is a collaborative space where MBA and doctoral students, faculty, and staff gather to talk and learn about the latest in the business and financial world. Workstations provide access to real-time research tools, and the space features large plasma screen displays with live financial and business news, as well as market morning calls with analysts. You'll also be able to catch up on HBS media events held on campus.

Financial Databases Room This new area provides access to numerous databases, including Bloomberg Academic, Compustat Research Insight, Datastream, SDC Platinum, and WRDS. Except for Bloomberg, these databases are reserved for the use of Harvard faculty, students, and staff. The Financial Databases Room is located inside the Stamps Reading Room.

Stamps Reading Room The newly renovated reading room has been restored to its original beauty with significant upgrades. Named for a gift from the Stamps family, it now includes twenty-eight workstations with flat screen monitors, a wireless network, and network drops and power at every seat. Other equipment upgrades include new micro-form reader/printers that can send electronic copies of articles to your e-mail account. Comfortable seating and air-conditioning provide a marvelous environment for individual study.

de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room All of the holdings of the Historical Collections Department--the Business Manuscripts Collections, the Kress Collection, HBS Archives, and the Baker Old Class Collection--are now available for use. Reading room hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Formal appointments are not required. However, we do request that researchers contact us in advance, since many of the collections remain at the Harvard Depository. Contact the Historical Collections Reference Desk at x56411 or histcollref@hbs.edu.

Spotlight on Historical Collections

Chandler Collection Offers Seven Decades of Historical Research

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alfred D. Chandler Jr. recently donated his papers to Baker Library's Historical Collections, offering researchers a treasure trove of material dating from 1941 to 2004. Chandler is the world's foremost authority on the historical evolution and organizational development of the modern corporation.

The collection will prove an unmatched, unique resource to researchers studying the development of corporate structure in the United States and other industrial economies. In addition to research material, the collection includes a wealth of notes taken and photocopies made from records in institutional and company archives.

Among this quantity are correspondence and research materials connected with the writing of Alfred P. Sloan's My Years with General Motors (1964); the Daniel Bell Fortune magazine files spanning the years 1948 to 1958 and consisting of research on recruitment, training of managers, and theories of the corporation; lecture and conference notes; material from Chandler's association with many institutions and organizations; and of course, work related to all of his books, beginning with his first work about Henry Varnum Poor, the business analyst who was Chandler's great-grandfather.

Historical research is critically important today and in the future, says the eighty-seven-year-old Chandler, a longtime professor at HBS who has been emeritus since 1989. He hopes that future scholars will benefit from his materials by learning how a historian works. Anyone who studies the evolution of modern business wants to be aware of what he calls "two sides of a major coin"—economics (in tandem with statistics) and history.

To request access to the Chandler collection, e-mail histcollref@hbs.edu.

New Services and Products

New Baker Services with the repening of the library

Baker Web Site Redesign Visitors to the Baker Web site will see new products and services designed specifically to improve access to business information resources, including easier-to-find databases, improved research tools, and a streamlined look and feel. More details to follow in the coming months.

Research Workstation Added Research Services has added a second workstation in Baker 130, with access to specialized databases including CRSP Access, Datastream, and SDC. Booking in advance is encouraged by contacting Sarah Eriksen at x56374 or .

'New Books' RSS Feed Available Among a number of new RSS feeds now available on the Baker Library Web site is "New Books at Baker." This monthly feed to your computer keeps you up-to-date on the latest business books to arrive at Baker, and is categorized by date and topic.

Quiet Study Hours Added One aspect of Baker's new service hours should prove particularly helpful to students. The Stamps Reading Room will remain open for quiet study, Monday through Thursday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Information Mine

First Call Historic Database

What's in it? History of First Call's Real-Time Earnings Estimates. Major data tables include consensus and detail broker estimates, company-reported actuals, and company-issued guidelines, going back to 1990.

Who has access? HBS only.

Where is it? Available via Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS) in the Financial Databases Room. Faculty, RAs, and Doctoral students may request a WRDS account, or contact Baker Research Services for assistance at x56374.

Research example: Research has been ongoing that looks at how some Wall Street analysts continued to give Enron favorable ratings even as warning signs were showing in company reports. This database would provide a historical look at broker earnings estimates—often a key component to analysts' buy and sell recommendations.

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Get Information Quickly

Have a quick question or basic research need? Check out the new How Do I? section of our Web site. Here you'll find answers to commonly asked questions, plus basic research tips that will save you lots of time. We've selected this information from the most frequently requested items by people who phone, e-mail, or drop by for help.


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