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PrivCo is a unique online resource that provides information on private companies. If you have ever tried finding financial information about private companies you know that it is nearly impossible. Public companies generally have to report their financial information to the SEC whereas there are no such mandates for private companies. This makes researching private company information very difficult. PrivCo helps solve this issue.
In addition to having full reports on larger private companies, Privco also offers excellent search features for VC funding, private equity deals, and private M&A deals.
Privco has big name companies as their clients such as Google and Adobe. Customers would normally have to pay $150 for each report offered through Privco. Did you know we offer Privco access for free with a San José Public Library card? Also, we are the only public library in California to offer Privco.
In human history there have been numerous wars. Some we don't even know about, and some we don't have accurate dates for. In the first two decades of the twentieth-first century, we have the starting and ending dates of five past wars. Four of the five wars were considered major. The interesting thing despite being fairly recent, in historic terms, is that most of these wars are being forgotten by the general public, except, of course, by historians. Their remembrance, whether celebrated or commemorated, is fading.
The Napoleonic War (1803-1815) ended when Napoleon was finally defeated at Waterloo. We are near the end of the bicentennial of this war. This war was a continuation of wars from the French Revolution. This revolution and the American Revolution are like two bells that have been reverberating from the 1780s and 1790s down to the present day. They are background sources for much of the political ideas and tumult of the modern age. This war is not being commemorated to any great public extent in Europe. One innovation of this war was the mass conscription of citizens as soldiers. This became a major component of modern warfare. There were between 3.3 and 6.5 million casualties and losses.
The War of 1812 (1812-1815) is also commemorating its bicentennial. Fortunately for us, Great Britain was preoccupied with Napoleon until 1814. The war is practically forgotten in Britain. The only major celebrations are possibly going on in Canada. This was the last war in which the United States had a chance of conquering Canada. The war in the United States is mostly known for giving us our national anthem. The major losers in this war were the Native Americans. An estimated 3,860 were killed in action. By far these were the lowest casualties in the five wars discussed here.
The American Civil War (1861-1865) is in its sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary (2011-2015). It is also known as The War Between the States or more simply The Civil War. This is the war in which warfare started looking like modern warfare. It included telegraph, railroads, ironclads, aerial observation (balloons), Gatling guns, and trench warfare toward the end of the war. Overall, there were an estimated 1 million in total casualties with 625,000 dead.
The first centennial (1961-1965) of The Civil War was celebrated north and south, and it included the use of public and private monies and resources. This is certainly not the case in this sesquicentennial. Any celebrations are low-keyed and muted. There is no national coordination, and the use of public resources is limited or non-existent. There are at least two reasons for this change: the modern civil rights movement and immigration. The war is still important to Southern whites and blacks. The antagonism between blacks and whites is generally in the tone in which the war is remembered and celebrated by Southern whites. Because of mass immigration from the 1880s to the 1920's and further on from then to the present, there are fewer Americans descended from participants in The Civil War. From my father's side I have hundreds of ancestors who fought on both sides during that war, and on my mother's side, I have none because her father came to the United States from Norway in 1905. The low-key reception of the sesquicentennial is likely to be similar for the future bicentennial of The Civil War.
World War I (1914-1918) begins its centennial on July 28. Before the start of World War II, it was known as the Great War. Before America entered the war in 1917, it was known here as the European War. The centennial of this war will be celebrated in Great Britain. The BBC is planning a massive four-year schedule of television and radio programs on the war.
On June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip. A month later in July, the war began as a series of declarations of war. In-between there was much diplomatic maneuvering between Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France and Great Britain. There are still many interpretations as to which nation or nations bear the greatest responsibility for the start of this deadly war. By the end of WWI, there were an estimated 38.9 million dead, wounded and missing.
World War II (1939-1945) will begin its 75th anniversary in September. At this point in time, there will not be much of a celebration or commemoration of this war during the next six years. There were over 73 million military and civilian deaths as a result of the war, and for the first time the atomic bomb was dropped. The centennial of this war in twenty-five years is likely to be circumspect.
It's hard to believe it's been over 10 years now, but yes - the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library was a planned project between the City of San Jose and San Jose State University. By joining forces and resources, both organizations were able to benefit and offer a large and varied collection to both communities.
Many may not realize it, but the King Library is the third library to stand at or near the corner of Fourth and San Fernando Streets in the last 100 years. First there was a public library… and then there was a university library. And now, there is a joint public and university library!
The first library was built in 1903 as the San Jose Public Library. It faced San Fernando Street, just east of 4th Street (about where the SJSU Theatre Arts building stands now). San Jose was given a grant by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation for $50,000 to build the beautiful structure.
In 1937, San Jose moved the city library to the old post office building (now San Jose Museum of Art) and San Jose State took over the old library, turning it into the campus student union.
There it remained until 1960, when it was razed to make room for a new campus library. The cluster of Wahlquist buildings rose on this corner.
The Wahlquist Library stood until 2000, when the dream of a joint public and university library was born. You can read more about the history of San Jose Public Library and more about our partnership with the university.
There are also some interesting clippings and other material on the development of the joint library in the California Room if you’d like to learn more about the background of the project.
For more great historic images of San Jose, see our Digital Collections database, which includes photo collections from both San Jose Public Library and also San Jose State University Library.
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A customer requested information and the availability of library resources on the "Correctional Officer" profession including description, requirement, salary, and practice exams for the job. Searching the library catalog is the first step to locating books on this subject. The library has a collection of many interesting books on the "Correctional Officer" job, including these:
These selected books are located in the Career section on 3rd Floor of King Library.
The customer was also interested in a digital format of the "Correctional Officer" eBook and selected the Master the Corrections Officer Exam. For more information on using library eBooks, see our How To: eBooks & eAudiobooks page.
Next, the Learning Express database is recommended. Just search for "Corrections Officer" to locate the exam. You can access Learning Express on our Articles and Databases page with a valid SJPL library card.
Finally, searching Google for "Correctional Officer" provides a wealth of resources on the profession including the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which contains a description of the job, what officers do, work environment, salary, and how to join the force.
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As a teenager in the 1970s, I remember going with my dad one time to pick up his cleaning. That sounds pretty boring, but when we pulled up to the cleaners, I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was an incredible old building that looked as though it had stood untouched for fifty years, and that was in fact pretty much the situation. The signage, the windows, the doors, the paint; everything appeared to have been untouched since the day the building was new. I’ve always been amazed by relics of the past, assisting our awareness of history and the passage of time. And my amazement quickly inspires questions.
Searching online, I found a document regarding the laundry building from the U.S. National Parks Service. The document indicates that the original name of the company was Troy Steam Laundry, and the original structure was built in 1895. A photo from the 1920s shows the building looking pretty much as it did in the 1970s, though with a fresh coat of paint. Taking a look at the California Room’s City Directories, I find Troy Steam Laundry first listed at 138 Grant Street in 1895, and then at its final location at 724 Orchard (renamed Almaden) Street in 1896. I noticed while searching online that there were many Troy laundry businesses throughout the country, and it appears that Troy Steam Laundry was a franchised company.
One mystery I haven’t solved is why it was torn down. By the 1980s, it had been listed as a city, state, and national historic landmark. In 1987, the building’s owner was prosecuted for destroying the back portion of the building. But despite the building being cited as, "…the only architecture of that kind in the city…one of the founding commercial structures in the city," by 1995 it had been demolished and replaced by Troy Apartments (named after the historic building they replaced).
The California Room is a great place to begin looking for answers to local and California history questions that come up. Not only are we open to the public five days a week with no need for an appointment, but we have a tremendous collection of accessible resources. We’re also well connected with external resources for further assistance.
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Author Don A. Dugdale will be speaking about the research and writing of his new book, We May Choose: A Novel of California’s Santa Clara Valley, on March 5, 2014 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Mr. Dugdale combines his research and knowledge of Santa Clara Valley history in a richly imagined foray into the experiences of early settlers. He takes the reader on overland journeys, around Cape Horn, and even on a boat across the Pacific from China to "Gold Mountain", the land of California. He introduces us to the early California settlers, and many immigrant groups including Italians, French, Chinese, and Spanish that settled in San Jose. Through the author’s eyes the reader can experience the richness of experience as well as the hardships of people who started the first newspapers, ranches, wineries, and orchards in the area. Mr. Dugdale takes us on a trip through time, and while this is a fictional account, readers will be impressed with the research and accuracy of many descriptions, including that of the development and multiple redevelopments of the San Jose Chinatown. This is a fascinating read and one that might inspire the reader to further delve into the early history of the Santa Clara Valley and California history in the California Room at the King Library.
March 5, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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150 E. San Fernando Street
San Jose, CA 95112
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I recommended using our database, San Jose Mercury Articles (Date Range: 6/1/1985 - Current)
Note that you do need a San Jose Library Card and PIN needed to access the database with free of charge.
FYI, we have the digital microfilm source too, but it doesn’t cover the dates that were asked for.
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This class is free. It is suggested that students bring a binder, notebook and pencil or pen when attending this class. It is recommended that students meet with the ESL teacher prior to attending the class. Handouts will be provided. If you would like to talk to Cris, the ESL teacher, please call her at 1-408-294-1237.
There is a very easy answer to this question. If you go to VTA home page, on the top you find a link to interactive Trip Planner, where you can enter initial and destination addresses. This link will actually lead you to Google maps and help you not only to discover the shortest and more convenient way to get to your destination by a bus or a car, but also (when you click on Get Directions and pay attention to the icons in the top left corner), will help you to find out what would be your best biking and walking routes to the same address!
You also can plan your trip by bus using a calendar and a clock lines that are added to VTA Trip Planner.