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Job Seeker Alert: New Database

December 10, 2012 - Attention all job seekers - or anyone thinking about a career transition - the Barrington Area Library is pleased to present a resource especially for you. Welcome to The Careers College (accessible from home with your Barrington Area Libary card), on-demand, job search education and career resource center. This career services portal consists of a blend of online educational learning modules, job search tools and complementary career resources to help you navigate the job search process to land the ideal job.

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Franchising Opportunities in Barrington

November 20, 2012 - Franchising opportunities are available right here in Barrington, IL! Maid-Rite Corporation is looking for a Barrington franchisee for a Maid-Rite Express. This is a unique, affordable opportunity to be a part of a famous brand. The new Maid-Rite in Chicago recently opened to rave reviews!

Please contact Maid-Rite for more information: Tania Burt, Executive VP, Maid-Rite Corporation. Tel. 515-276-5448

This information received from the Village of Barrington, Economic and Community Development. Tel. 847-304-3471


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Free Microsoft Excel training resources

November 5, 2012 - Excel is one software program that many people can’t quite seem to escape at the office. It’s unique, however, in its capability to quickly and easily analyze large amounts of data, create lists, charts, and graphics. If you aren’t maximizing Excel’s capabilities, check out some of these free training resources below. And if you have a go-to Excel resource, please let us know about it in the comments!

Atomic Learning video tutorials, available through the Barrington Area Library

Short videos on a wide range of topics allow users to start learning the basics, or skip to more advanced techniques as needed. Login with your Barrington Area Library card.

Books 24x7, available through the Barrington Area Library

Always available, read-on-your-computer ebooks. Do a quick search for “excel” to pull up a list of titles. Includes: Excel 2010 Programming with VBA, Microsoft Excel 2010 Programming by Example: with VBA, XML, and ASP, PowerPivot for Business Intelligence using Excel and Sharepoint, and many more. Login with your Barrington Area Library card.

Microsoft Excel Training from

Go straight to the source and check out Microsoft’s tips and tricks. There are tutorials for Excel 2013 if you want a sneak peek at some of the new tools in the latest version. Training sessions for Excel 2007 and 2010 are also available here


The basics of Excel 2010, plus an app for iPhones and Android phones! Tutorials also cover some extras, such as sparklines, conditional formatting, pivot tables, and what-if analysis


Search for “microsoft excel”. YouTube is packed with Excel tutorials, like this one that covers introductory data analysis. It’s another resource that can help you quickly look up specific question or issues or else just get a free overview via videos created by helpful Excel users.

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Spotlight on HR

November 2, 2012 - Hiring then retaining good employees are key strategies to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Those employees expand your brand, provide outside expertise for growth and increase the depth of talent in the organization. Prioritizing this key area of your business and developing consistent hiring and HR practices will make a difference in the long term. Don't miss our upcoming program on HR issues that can make or break your business!

About the presenter:
Jim Austgen is an accomplished leader in the areas of business improvement, human resources and crisis management. Austgen worked at Motorola as Corporate Vice President and Director of Motorola's Global Employee Solution Centers and now serves as a SCORE counselor and co-chair of SCORE's HR committee. He is a relied-upon advisor to executive leadership teams on issues ranging from crisis management to business restructuring.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7 pm
Barrington Area Library, Zimmerman Room
Free workshop, registration requested. Click here to sign up.

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Database Highlight

Business Insights: Essentials includes over 2 million investment research/brokerage reports, thousands of detailed financial reports (including fundamentals data and comparison tools), 2,500+ market research reports, 3,900+ full-text periodicals, 1,000+ SWOT reports (updated quarterly), nearly 25,000 industry reports and 11,000 company histories, nearly 70,000 associations, 500,000 detailed company profiles (with deep links to related content and statistical data), approximately 43,400 Market Share articles, thousands of interactive live charts, and much more! Don't miss this truly essential resource.

  • Check out these exciting new features:

    • - The ability to search across multiple data types from a single search box

    • - Interactive charting: Manipulate statistical data and customize your own charts

    • - Deep links within search results that get users to the most relevant content in fewer clicks

    • - New text-to-speech capabilities

    • - Translation tools: Translate the user interface and/or article-level translations

    • - Robust glossary with thousands of business terms


    More information: check out the Fact Sheet.

    Video tutorials - scroll down to "Business Insights: Essentials"

    On a mobile device? Get the Gale app for public libaries (iPhone/iPod/iPad or Android)

    Start using Business Insights: Essentials

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    ReferenceUSA training: have lunch on us!

    October 5, 2012 - We're delighted to announce that ReferenceUSA trainer Eric Ebers from InfoGroup headquarters in Omaha, NE, will be at the Barrington Area Library on Thurs, October 25. Eric will provide training on the library subscription database ReferenceUSA, a popular resource for business owners, job seekers, people thinking about starting a business, and sales and marketing professionals. Eric will present search techniques and special capabilities of the database. Limited space available so register now!

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    EconWise App from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

    September 27, 2012 - From the Federal Reserve of St. Louis:

    "With EconWise, a new mobile publications app, the St. Louis Fed continues its long history of publishing information on economic concepts, helping users to understand current issues and even make better decisions with their personal finances. Now users have "anywhere access" to the Fed's unbiased content, expert research, and down-to-earth commentary in the fields of macroeconomics, microeconomics, monetary policy, banking, finance, and personal finance.

    The free app can be used to browse the most recent publications, and filter by publication name or by level of expertise. The available materials range from the most accessible to the most technical. Users can read content immediately, save it for later, share their favorites by email or by posting directly to Twitter or Facebook accounts. EconWise is available through the Apple app store or directly from".

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    Business Program: Video Marketing on Oct. 2

    Bring your video editing questions and ask the expert! Register here.

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    Mastering Options Trading

    August 31, 2012 - Options Trading with Dan Keegan / The Chicago School of Business

    Workshop Date: Wednesday, Sept 19
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Location: Barrington Area Library, Zimmerman Room

    Options expert Keegan will present an interactive workshop on stock options: review the basics, learn about covered calls, long only positions and basic spread positions. Bring your questions to ask the expert.

    About the presenter:

    Dan Keegan earned an Economics degree from Marquette University. He started out in the options business in 1978 and worked his way up in the Chicago tradition, including 20+ years as an independent market maker on the floor of the CBOE. He is a founder and current President of the Chicago Floor Traders Alumni Association and a frequent contributor to Futures Magazine and Options News Network.

    Register here.

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