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Mercer Consulting Releases 19th Annual Quality of Living Ranking (Global)

Mercer Consulting Releases 19th Annual Quality of Living Ranking (Global)

“From a Mercer:

Despite increased political and financial volatility in Europe, many of its cities offer the world’s highest quality of living and remain attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment, according to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey. City infrastructure, ranked separately this year, plays an important role when multinationals decide where to establish locations abroad and send expatriate workers. Easy access to transportation, reliable electricity, and drinkable water are all important considerations when determining hardship allowances based on differences between a given assignee’s home and host locations.

“Economic instability, social unrest, and growing political upheaval all add to the complex challenge multinational companies face when analysing quality of living for their expatriate workforce,” said Ilya Bonic, senior partner and president of Mercer’s Career business. “For multinationals and governments it is vital to have quality of living information that is accurate, detailed, and reliable. It not only enables these employers to compensate employees appropriately, but it also provides a planning benchmark and insights into the often-sensitive operational environment that surrounds their workforce.

“In uncertain times, organisations that plan to establish themselves and send staff to a new location should ensure they get a complete picture of the city, including its viability as a business location and its attractiveness to key talent,” Mr Bonic added.

Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the 8th year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities: Zurich is in second place, with Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel, a newcomer to the list, in 10th place. The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5). The highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79), respectively.

Mercer’s survey also includes a city infrastructure ranking that assesses each city’s supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services, and public transportation as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports. Singapore tops the city infrastructure ranking, followed by Frankfurt and Munich both in 2ndplace. Baghdad (230) and Port au Prince (231) rank last for city infrastructure.


In North America, Canadian cities take the top positions in the ranking. Vancouver (5) is again the region’s highest ranking city for quality of living. Toronto and Ottawa follow in 16thand 18th place respectively, whereas San Francisco (29) is the highest ranking US city, followed by Boston (35), Honolulu (36), New York (44), and Seattle (45). High crime rates in Los Angeles (58) and Chicago (47) resulted in these cities dropping nine and four places respectively. Monterrey (110) is the highest ranking city in Mexico, while the country’s capital, Mexico City, stands in 128th position. In South America, Montevideo (79) ranks highest for quality of living, followed by Buenos Aires (93) and Santiago (95). La Paz (157) and Caracas (189) are the lowest ranking cities in the region. 

Direct to Ranking 231 Cities

Additional Resources

Links to Materials including infographics:

  • Global Top 10 vs. Bottom 10 Cities
  • Top 5 By Region
  • Infrastructure Rankings

See Also: Reference: A Roundup of New Research and Data-Rich Reports Available on the Open Web


Posted on: March 23, 2017, 6:26 am Category: Uncategorized

A Comparison of Traditional Book Reviews and Book Reviews of Fiction Using a Content Analysis Approach

Research Article: “A Comparison of Traditional Book Reviews and Book Reviews of Fiction Using a Content Analysis Approach”

“The following article appears in the latest issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.


A Comparison of Traditional Book Reviews and Book Reviews of Fiction Using a Content Analysis Approach


Christy Sich
Western University (Canada)


Evidenced Based Library and Information Practice
Vol. 12, No. 1 (2017)
doi: 10.18438/B8CW4N


Objective – This study compared the quality and helpfulness of traditional book review sources with the online user rating system in in order to determine if one mode is superior to the other and should be used by library selectors to assist in making purchasing decisions.

Methods – For this study, 228 reviews of 7 different novels were analyzed using a content analysis approach. Of these, 127 reviews came from traditional review sources and 101 reviews were published on

Results – Using a checklist developed for this study, a significant difference in the quality of reviews was discovered. Reviews from traditional sources scored significantly higher than reviews from The researcher also looked at review length. On average, reviews are shorter than reviews from traditional sources. Review rating—favourable, unfavourable, or mixed/neutral—also showed a lack of consistency between the two modes of reviews.

Conclusion – Although provides multiple reviews of a book on one convenient site, traditional sources of professionally written reviews would most likely save librarians more time in making purchasing decisions, given the higher quality of the review assessment.

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Posted on: March 22, 2017, 6:23 am Category: Uncategorized



PLANO, TX — The proportion of U.S. broadband households not subscribing to a legacy pay-TV (LPTV) service has more than doubled in the past five years, according to a new report from The Diffusion Group, “Life Without Legacy Pay-TV: A Profile of U.S. Cord Cutters and Cord Nevers” is the latest in TDG’s ongoing analysis of this growing consumer segment.

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Posted on: March 21, 2017, 6:21 am Category: Uncategorized

2017 ACRL Environmental Scan Released

2017 ACRL Environmental Scan Released
Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries. The 2017 environmental scan provides a broad review of the current higher education landscape, with special focus on the state of academic and research libraries. The document builds on earlier ACRL reports, including the Top Trends in Academic Libraries. The 2017 environmental scan is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF). A distinguished panel will review and discuss the 2017 environmental scan at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore on Thursday, March 23. The ACRL Environmental Scan Discussion Forum will take place at from 9:40 – 10:40 a.m. in Room 316 in the Baltimore Convention Center.

Posted on: March 20, 2017, 3:29 pm Category: Uncategorized

Liberals urged to scrap 19th century rule that requires laws be printed in books

Liberals urged to scrap 19th century rule that requires laws be printed in books

Government yet to decide on proposal to wean Parliament from costly paper-based publishing


Posted on: March 20, 2017, 10:05 am Category: Uncategorized

Lankes: Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World – USC

David Lankes

Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World – USC




Posted on: March 20, 2017, 6:18 am Category: Uncategorized

4 Step Guide to Letting Go of the Past

4 Step Guide to Letting Go of the Past
“We’re constantly struggling with the past, in so many ways:
  • Mistakes we’ve made that we regret or that make us feel bad about ourselves
  • Anger about something someone did to us
  • Frustration about how things have progressed up until now
  • A wish that things turned out differently
  • Stories about what happened that make us sad, depressed, angry, hurt
  • An argument that we had that keeps spinning around in our heads
  • Something someone just did (a minute ago) that we’re still stuck on

What if we could just let go of things have have happened, and be present with the unfolding moment instead?

What if we could let the past remain in the past, and unburden ourselves?

What is we could see that our holding onto the past is actually hurting us right now … and look at letting go as a loving act of not hurting ourselves anymore?

It can be done, though it isn’t always easy. Here’s the practice I recommend, in four steps.”

Step 1: See the Story That’s Hurting You

Step 2: Stay with the Physical Feeling

Step 3: Breathe Out, Letting Go

Step 4: Turn with Gratitude Toward the Present



Posted on: March 19, 2017, 6:10 am Category: Uncategorized