Business Law

SLA Employment Task Force, Factset and Capital IQ

Richard Reid|

Although there is ample evidence of the beginnings of economic recovery in much of the country, recovering jobs lost in the Great Recession continues to prove challenging for many industries. The SLA’s New York Chapter, through its Employment Task Force, is doing its part towards that end with a free series of professional training programs focusing on essential electronic information resources.

On Tuesday, March 23, the Task Force will be sponsoring a training session on Factset, which will complement its Capital IQ session that was held on Tuesday, March 3, 2010 at Capital IQ’s offices at 55 Water Street in lower Manhattan. That training was held in two parts: a basics session from 9:45 to 11:00 a.m. and an intermediate offering from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Both programs were ably presented by Christopher Magalhaes, Vice President of Client Development at Capital IQ. Bagels and coffee flowed aplenty at each session as over two dozen attendees at each were treated to a brisk but highly informative overview of the capabilities of the database. This was no simple sales pitch but a chance to interact with Chris, asking questions and discover nuances about this tool that covers financial information about public and some major private companies, as well as their key leaders, securities and markets.

Some people were there to add to their existing knowledge of the resource while for others in attendance this was a chance to get an in-depth look at something about which they had only read. Regardless of the reason for being there, all left with an increased awareness of the database, knowledge which could be helpful in securing one’s next job.

Janet Peros, reference librarian at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, is to be commended for her efforts in organizing this series of training programs, essential for anyone presently out of a job or looking to trade up to a better one. I’m sure that Janet would love to hear from you with suggestions for other databases of interest to SLA members that might, with the cooperation of the vendors, receive a similar treatment.

Richard Reid. A Business Researcher and Reference Librarian, he has previously worked at Ernst & Young LLP, in Manhattan, specializing in the retail and consumer products industries, and at the C.W. Post College campus of Long Island University in its Center for Business Research. He holds Master degrees in Library Science from Queens College and Business Administration (Management) from Bernard Baruch College. He is an enthusiastic organizer of fund-raising on behalf of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bell Ringing campaigns. In his quiet moments, he enjoys walking, writing, reading, theater and movies.

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