Get the score on sports resources at Gleeson

Hey, sport! During a recent reference desk shift, a researcher in the library asked me for statistics about badminton participation. I happily recommended the Sports Market Analytics database (previously known as SBRNet).

SMA gathers in-depth analytics on both professional and hobby sports: market share, demographics, venue reports, and trade publications. Although it focuses on the United States, some sports have international data as well. When I walk in Golden Gate Park, I often see a group of people playing badminton. How big a market are they participating in? Check it out: the sport of badminton engendered a 11.5 million dollar market in 2012.

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Digital Library Collections: Treasures from Around the World

Treasures from library collections around the world are in the spotlight at Gleeson Library, in honor of International Education Week. Stop by the reference desk to see books that feature amazing collections from some of the world’s most fabulous libraries, a beautiful slideshow, and an interactive display of more treasures from international library and archives’ digital … Continue reading Digital Library Collections: Treasures from Around the World

Where Have All the Reference Books Gone?

Over the last several months, Gleeson Library patrons have noticed a decreasing number of books on the shelves surrounding the Reference Desk. Those shelves are now almost completely empty! This is due to work on the large-scale Reference Integration Project, which is incorporating all physical reference materials into the main stacks. The project began late … Continue reading Where Have All the Reference Books Gone?

A Primary Source for Black History

Newspapers can be powerful agents of social change and newspapers can contain powerful primary sources for historical research. The Chicago Defender is powerful in both these ways, and is a great resource to check out when celebrating Black History Month. Under the direction of its founder, Robert S. Abbott, and his successor, John H. Sengstacke, The Defender brought focus to … Continue reading A Primary Source for Black History