Announcing New Franklin, the Penn Libraries Catalog

FranklinOn Monday, July 29, the Penn Libraries is making available to the Penn community the new Franklin catalog, which replaces Classic Franklin, the Libraries’ catalog since the 1990s.

You will find that the new Franklin catalog offers many features not available in Classic Franklin, including easy browsing and limiting by format, location, and language; color-coded availability status; images of book covers; and RSS feeds and stable URLs to capture searches.  In the weeks ahead, work will continue on the catalog to fix bugs, further enhance its capabilities, and pave the way for future releases.

With the release of new Franklin, we move closer to achieving one of the Libraries’ strategic goals: the creation of a single search point for discovery services.  The architecture supporting the new catalog will eventually allow us to extend searching and content-delivery, support article-level searching through integration with subscription databases, and integrate both the holdings and delivery capabilities of our resource-sharing partners.

Classic Franklin will continue to be available for the time being; a link will appear on the Libraries’ homepage and in the bottom right-hand corner of all new Franklin screens.

To learn more about new Franklin, see the new Franklin User Guide

All over the RMAP: Bloomberg’s New Company Information Display

Bloomberg describes RMAP (Relationship Map) as a high level overview of market and industry relationships. It is a graphical display with links to key functions that show fundamental performance data. To display RMAP for Merck & Co, for example:


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The map shows 12 key variables (Bloomberg calls them “Data Nodes”) that are largely self-explanatory. NEWS, for example, shows the top 40 news stories. EVENTS, shows events from one month in the past to two months in the future. Clicking on the group name will launch an in-depth search using Bloomberg mnemonics. Here are some categories and their related codes.

Indices – WGT
Peers  – RV
Holders –  HDS
Analyst Ratings – ANR
Board/Executives – MGMT
Balance Sheet  – FA BSBAR
CDS (Credit Default Swaps) –  CG
Exchanges  – QM
Options  –  OMN

Some additional features of RMAP

  • Bloomberg uses color coding to indicate degree of change. The names of Merck’s Peers, for example, are shown in green if their stock price has increased, and red if it has fallen.
  • Mouse over the center company display for its current value, volume and price Continue reading

Just the FAQs Ma’am: Lippincott’s Knowledge Database

Penn’s Business FAQ provides quick reference help on a wide range of questions relating to business research. The FAQ is a knowledge database consisting of 15 broad categories (e.g. “Finance”) and more than 600 specific questions (e.g. “How do I find Info on Venture Capital and Private Equity?“) plus several thousand keywords and links that can be used for retrieval.

The system allows searching for keywords, phrases, and words in combination. The specific questions and sources in the database reflect librarians’ experience in responding to the questions of Wharton students and faculty, and feedback from the database itself. The database was queried more than 68,000 times in the past year. The Business FAQ can be searched from Business FAQ search box on Lippincott’s Home Page or by typing keywords and phrases in the FindIt searchbox at the top of any Penn Libraries home page.

Here is a list of the question categories:


And a sample Q&A Continue reading