Brent A. Mai

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    SLA: A truly global organization
    (Japan Special Libraries Association, 2012-07) Mai, Brent Alan, 1964-
    In the article published in the Bulletin of Japanese Special Libraries' series on the internationalization of special libraries, the author discusses the functions, goals, and initiatives of the American Special Libraries Association.
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    Measuring for success
    (Special Libraries Association, 2012-09) Main, Brent Alan, 1964-
    In this editorial, Dr. Brent Mai, President of the Special Libraries Association, introduces the September-October issue of "Information Outlook" and SLA 2012 initiatives, which focus on professional development and membership diversification. He highlights that measuring one’s performance is instrumental in demonstrating success, both personally and professionally, and aligns with the Association's two core values related to measuring success: adding qualitative and quantitative value, and delivering measurable results.
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    Internet resources for reference: International trade
    (Taylor & Francis, 1997) Mai, Brent Alan, 1964-
    The proliferation of international trade agreements serves as ample evidence of the importance of international trade in today's business environment. Countries and their companies have become more interrelated, and the opportunities for use of the Internet with its “no-boundaries” mindset have provided an excellent platform through which business information can be shared regardless of its original location. This article identifies a few of the thousands of Internet sites that can be helpful to the business reference librarian confronted with questions regarding international trade. The sites for the major trade agreements are listed along with a currency exchange calculator which can handle date-specific historical conversions.
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    Internet resources for reference: General business and company information
    (Taylor & Francis, 1997) Mai, Brent Alan, 1964-
    It did not take long for the business world to notice the potential marketing opportunities provided by the Internet. The number of businesses providing information via the Internet and those actually "doing business" over the Internet continues to grow at an outstanding rate. The business reference librarian is then faced with the challenge of providing knowledgeable access to these businesses and their information. This article outlines a few of the thousands of sites which are helpful in obtaining general business information and company-specific information. Also included are a couple sites helpful for answering questions about agribusiness and the programs of the Small Business Administration.
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    Internet resources for reference: Finance and investment
    (Taylor & Francis, 1997) Mai, Brent Alan, 1964-
    Thanks to the Internet, the average investor today has access to more information about potential investments and their performance than has been available at any time in the past. When called upon to aid in filtering through this information, the business reference librarian is also faced with the challenge of knowing what is "out there" and how to find it. This article identifies sites that provide information about stocks and their exchanges, mutual funds, bonds, company annual reports, and taxes.