You may or may not have noticed that our Company Information collection is no longer housed in the filing cabinets next to the MFA Desk. The collection was sprawling, old, and barely utilized, so we’ve made some big changes. First change: The collection is now housed at the Circulation Desk, in the black cabinet that’s got the book re-magnetizer on top. Second, and related, change: The collection is now much, much smaller, and is now comprised strictly of annual reports (instead of annual reports and financial forms). Third change: Since this collection is now at the Circulation Desk, students need to request the individual reports at the desk. The reports are barcoded and must be checked out to the requesting patron; the reports can be used one at a time, in-library use only.
I am also in the process of creating a guide for students who are looking for company information/annual reports, which will be put on the website. This is still in the works, but if you get questions about annual reports in the meantime, here’s the gist:
We subscribe to the annual publication Graphis Annual Reports (soon to be called 100 Best Annual Reports). Here’s the permanent link to that annual’s catalog entry: http://library.academyart.edu/record=b1017724~S0. This annual is filled with examples of award-winning annual reports, so it’s a great resource for students researching annual report design.
Many companies are no longer distributing paper annual reports to the general public (which is part of why our collection is so small now). However, most companies publish their annual reports online; patrons can go to a company’s investor relations website to download them. Often a Google search for “company name annual report” delivers the goods.
Finally, if a student is looking for current financial information about a company, they should check the Hoover’s Company Profiles database, which we subscribe to and is available through our website.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!