All Library locations will be closed on Mon, May25 in honor of Memorial Day. We will re-open for regular hours on Tues, May 26. Looking for something to read, watch, or listen to? Explore our download and streaming resources and share with friends.
Did you know that you can download new business and political titles right to your ereader?
In addition to titles provided by the Maine Infonet Download Library (a statewide ebook consortium) the Business and Gov’t Team here at PPL is hooking you up with even more business related content via Overdrive Advantage!
Visit the Download Library , log in with your PPL barcode number, then check out some of these great new releases:
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk.
“New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. A mash-up of the best elements of Crush It! and The Thank You Economy with a fresh spin, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works. ”
Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton
“New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton takes readers behind the scenes as Twitter grew at exponential speeds. He gets inside the heads of the four hackers out of whom the company tumbled.
Bilton’s unprecedented access and exhaustive investigating reporting—drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails—have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of four friends who accidentally changed the world, and what they all learned along the way.”
The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers by Mark Hatch
“The Maker Movement Manifesto takes you deep into the movement. Hatch describes the remarkable technologies and tools now accessible to you and shares stories of how ordinary people have devised extraordinary products, giving rise to successful new business ventures. He explains how economic upheavals are paving the way for individuals to create, innovate, make a fortune–and even drive positive societal change–with nothing more than their own creativity and some hard work.”
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
“With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.”
Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World by Bob Rosen
“The book argues that leaders at every level can be more self-aware, develop their untapped potential, and drive significantly better results—for themselves, their teams, and their organizations.
Shows readers how to build a personal leadership model that works with their values, goals and capabilities
Features fresh stories from leaders in a variety of organizations including the New York Fire Department, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Lego Group, and Medstar Health
Gives leaders practical tools to face their toughest challenges with greater skill, confidence, and impact”
How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations by Jeremey Donovan
“How to Deliver a TED Talk provides more than 100 invaluable tips–everything from opening with an explicit statement of audience benefits to framing your idea as an action-outcome response to a question worth asking. Whether you’re presenting to an audience of 1 or 1,000, this book is an indispensable resource for any public speaker.”
The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
“By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort’s own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street. “
The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America–and What We Can Do to Stop It by Thom Harmann
“Thoroughly researched and passionately argued, THE CRASH OF 2016 is not just a roadmap to redemption in post-Crash America, but a critical wake-up call, challenging us to act. Only if the right reforms are enacted and the moral choices are made, can we avert disaster and make our nation whole again.”
With your PPL card you can accessReferenceUSA at the Library or from home! Using this resource you can look up directory information on businesses or residences across the country. Narrow a search by criteria such as number of employees and sales. To access this robust business tool visit PPL’s Business Research page and click on ‘online tools.’
The folks at ReferenceUSA have kindly put together the following series of free webinars!
To register for any of the session dates, follow the link, select a time zone and complete form; you will then receive meeting coordinates and confirmation
Designed for anyone new to ReferenceUSA, this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA. They will cover the Four Essentials anyone will want to know in order to be successful using the resource.
This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques.
Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies using ReferenceUSA
Wednesdays (January, February, March) Time: 3:00 PM (1 Hour)
Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy. Included will be information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research.
Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business.
• name Search for Business
• locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally
• locate subject manager experts and professional services
• find investors, venture capitalists and angels
• network with other businesses in your area or in your industry
• develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities
• understand community demographics
• survey locations for expansion
• conduct competitive analysis
• plan delivery routes and service areas
• source new employees
REGISTER: Start, Manage & Grow! Your Business using ReferenceUSA
ReferenceUSA Big Data
Tuesdays (January, February, March) 3:00 PM (1 hour)
Data Visualization is the next BIG thing in data. Going beyond static lists of information, ReferenceUSA can help you ‘visualize’ data elements on a map.
Great for understanding how locations relate to each other or seeing densities within a specific area, the ReferenceUSA mapping tools give you a new and powerful way to better understand the landscape.
Learn how to build a map to display results and how to manipulate the mapping tools to your advantage.
One of the essential requirements for planning for the future is to understand the past.
ReferenceUSA has been compiling Business and Consumer data for many years and this data has been available in file format for advanced research projects.
In response to the increased interest in accessing historical business information, ReferenceUSA has developed an innovative online tool for librarians, research professionals and library patrons to connect to powerful information that presents a vivid picture of what the business landscape looked like in a given area at a given point in time.