Monthly Archives: August 2009

Changes to the room reservation system

Changes are coming!  Business school students can now reserve a study room on the same day!   **Please note that students who reserve a room on the same day should print out their reservation and bring it with them to the room. **

To schedule a room see the online reservation system found at…

Capital IQ registration – update

Please note that your log in for Capital IQ will not be active until AFTER the September 11, 2009 registration deadline.  After that you can access Capital IQ by logging into myGSB and clicking on the Capital IQ link.

For more information about Capital IQ registration see:

Bloomberg introduction sessions Spring 2010

This session will teach the basic navigation and searching skills necessary to begin using Bloomberg.

Dates will be announced in early January, 2010

All sessions will take place in the 1st Mezzanine reading room on the west side of Watson Library.

Reservations are required. Please email to reserve your spot.

Welcome Class of 2011!

The staff of the Watson Library extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2011.

Useful links and information about Watson Library:

Library hours
Library floor plans [The second mezzanine is an oasis of quiet study space!]
Reserve a study room [There are 34 study rooms in the Watson Library.]
Research help [Yes! You can IM a librarian!]
– Information about items on reserve at the Library
– List of business and economics databases [with descriptions!]

Sign up for a Capital IQ account!

This Fall, Columbia Business School is delighted to continue having Business School students, faculty and staff register for Capital IQ.  Capital IQ is a web based research platform that combines deep information on companies, markets, and people worldwide with robust tools for fundamental analysis, financial modeling, market analysis, screening, targeting, and relationship and workflow management.

For student  registration, please fill out the information requested on this simple survey:

For faculty/staff  registration, simply go to survey: and fill out the information requested.

Please note that the end date for registration is Friday September 11th at Noon. Please make sure to register before that date and time. The deadline is strict, and no exceptions will be made.

Your account will become active after the deadline, at which point you will be able to login through the Columbia GSB site. Please submit the email address you use to login to My GSB.

For more information about Capital IQ you may want to attend the  Capital IQ Information Presentation Session:

Monday September 14th 6:00 PM URIS Hall 141

RSVP to before the September 11th registration deadline.

Watson Library: new dataset available via WRDS

wrdsThe Watson Library now subscribes to the shareholder proposals section of RiskMetrics via WRDS   This adds to our current RiskMetrics subscription to the governance and directors modules.  RiskMetrics was previously knows as IRRC.

The shareholder proposals module (governance and social responsibility) contains data from 1997 through 2007. The dataset includes proposals that came to a vote as well as those that did not (e.g., because they were withdrawn by the proponent or allowed to be omitted from the proxy by the SEC). Variables include the lead filer of the proposal, the meeting date, and outcome; some fields are not complete every year for every company, but the vast majority of meeting dates are present.

If you have a WRDS account you may log in to WRDS at

If you do not have a WRDS account you may request one at: