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Information Systems: Starting out

A guide to the resources for Information Systems

Welcome to your Information Systems Subject Guide!

The purpose of this guide is to help you with your study and research in the field of Information Systems by gathering all the resources that you will need (books, journals, databases, websites and a referencing guide) into one place.

Please contact your Faculty Librarian, Sue Rionda, for additional information and assistance.

RU Information Systems News

Videos/Podcasts from the International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund is adding visual context to the data it generates to help students to understand complex current issues while searching for the solution.

 Confronting Crisis (animated history of IMF’s multilateralism)

Examples of this content include: 

Videos

The Fed just raised interest rates - what does that mean?

Click here to watch video on IMF's YouTube channel

Click here to download video

Podcasts (Please click on this title to

access the podcasts detailed below)

Ian Goldin: Disruptive Changes That Will Transform the World

June 07, 2017

Ian Goldin says the present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery (IMF photo).

While science and technology propel us into the future at what some would describe as breakneck speed, Oxford University’s Ian Goldin says we should draw from the past because we’ve been here before. In this podcast, Goldin compares the social division, political extremism and insecurity of the first Age of Discovery in the 15th Century, with what is happening today.

Ian Goldin, founding director of the Oxford Martin School, and Professor of Globalization and Development at Oxford University.
 

Christine Lagarde: Millennials and the Future of Work

May 31, 2017

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde (IMF photo)

While millions of young people enter the labor market every year, the chance of landing a traditional full-time job with benefits are getting slim. Global youth unemployment is on the rise and many young people are opting to work in what’s known as the sharing economy. In this podcast, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde shares her thoughts about policies that might help today’s youth better adapt to the changing nature of work.

Read Christine Lagarde’s Straight Talk about millennials and the future of work, in the June 2017 edition of Finance and Development magazine.

Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director

 

Mohamed El-Erian: New Life for the SDR?

May 26, 2017

Mohamed El-Erian, speaking at IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings (IMF photo).

The IMF’s Special Drawing Rights have failed to gain real traction in the international monetary system, but Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz and former IMF Deputy Director, believes a greater role for the SDR in global markets could help strengthen the world economy.

Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, and former IMF Deputy Director.
 
 
 

Patrick Murck: The Changing Face of Financial Services

May 12, 2017

Patrick Murck, speaking at the FinTech and the Transormation of Financial Services seminar during 2017 IMF World-Bank Spring meetings (IMF photo)

FinTech—or financial technology—is poised to revolutionize how the world does business. It could open new kinds of markets to many more people, but it could also threaten our financial privacy or make illicit financial transactions easier. In this podcast, Fintech expert Patrick Murck describes the coming transformation and its pitfalls.

Patrick Murck, fellow at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and a Special Counsel at Cooley LLP.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Restarting the Growth Engine

May 08, 2017

Shopfront in Kenya. Strong business environment helps economic diversification (photo: Gettyimages/Harry Hook).

The IMF's latest regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa shows growth has fallen to its lowest level in twenty years. In this podcast, co-author Céline Allard, says while some countries like Senegal and Kenya continue to experience growth rates higher than 6 percent, growth has slowed for two thirds of countries in the region bringing down average growth in 2016 to 1.4 percent.

Céline Allard, Head of the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department
   

IMF Statistics E-Learning Videos

 

Recently-arrived books

ASKIA - Scientific knowledge from Africa, on Africa, to Africa and the World

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The Access to Scientific and Socio-economic Information in Africa (ASKIA) Initiative is under the Public Information & Knowledge Managment Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. It defines a framework for bringing together scientific and socio-economic information for the African community, including scientists, researchers, academics, students, economists and, policy-makers, over an interactive online portal acting as a one-stop shop to such knowledge and associated information from/on Africa. The overall goal of the initiative is to strengthen knowledge discovery and access by tapping into global scientific and socio-economic knowledge on and from Africa.

Subject Guide

Sue Rionda
Contact:
Commerce (Level 3, Main Library)
Tel. (046) 6037339

Principal Librarian: Commerce & Law

Jill Otto
Contact:
Commerce & Law (Level 3, Main Library)

046-6038062

Rhodes Research

Personal Librarian