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Category Archives: Electronic Resources

Try Hoopla – Our Streaming Video, Audiobook and Music Service

Posted on September 27th, 2015 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library

Did you know you can instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card? For Business & Economic titles try searching on categories such as Entrepreneurship, Small Business, or E-Commerce.

Here are a few company histories to check out:


Income Inequality & the Wage Gap

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library

By many measures, Boston is a city on the move.  Restaurants, luxury condos and new developments are popping up across the city.  For many, life is good, but it may be surprising to learn that according to Family Assets Count, 17% of Boston households live in poverty and 46% don’t have 3 months of savings to live above the poverty level.

This fall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Vice Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Cities of Opportunity Task Force, launched the Office of Financial Empowerment to Address Poverty and Income Inequality for the city of Boston.

Local organizations such as the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and Jewish Vocational Services  have partnered with the city to combat poverty and find ways to empower the financially vulnerable in our community.

See the links below to learn more about these organizations and to discover library resources, city demographic data, reading lists and reports on this important topic. Read more »

Networking better: Preparation counts

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Amber De Angelis in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library
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This is part 1 of a series on networking better.

Why is networking important? Well, it’s an opportunity to meet new people and to find new resources. When most people thing of networking they think of LinkedIn. That’s only part of the story.

Do your research!

Remember these words: Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

By researching the event beforehand, one can make an effective attack plan. Maybe you want new clients or maybe you just want to connect with former colleagues to catch up. Keeping your goals in the back of your mind will help you focus and maximize your limited time with these influential people.

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Electronic Resource – Making of the Modern World

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources



Take a look into Boston’s past by searching our electronic resource, The Making of the Modern World.

This Gale database looks at history through the lens of wealth and trade with a focus on economics in the widest sense, including political science, history, philosophy, sociology, and special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing.

Some sample titles to pique your interest:

  • Boston, a commercial metropolis in 1850 : her growth, population, wealth and
  • Boston notions : being an authentic and concise account of “that village” from
    1630 to 1847
  • Report on introducing pure water into the City of Boston, 1835
  • The Boston and Roxbury Mill Corporation, 1818
  • The Rules of work, of the carpenters, in the town of Boston. Formed, and most
    accurately corrected, by a large number of the first workmen of the Boston, 1800
  • A state of the importations from Great-Britain into the port of Boston, from the
    beginning of Jan. 1769, to Aug. 17th 1769


Business Resources on Hoopla

Posted on April 10th, 2014 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library


Have you tried hoopla yet?  It’s the library’s new video streaming service.  In addition to movies, music, and television, this resource offers a number of titles for jumpstarting your career or for starting a business.  Try hoopla today!


Business SoftSkills SeriesBusiness SoftSkills Series

INTELECOM – Intelligent Communications ENGLISH 2009

Business SoftSkills is a complete and concise video curriculum that can either be self taught or used in a classroom or seminar settings as part of job readiness programs. Professionally-produced videos use virtual hosts along with short, informative chapters to convey key workplace skills.






young entrepreneurYoung Entrepreneurs: A Comprehensive Video Series On How To Start And Grow Your Business

TVG TeleTime Video Productions ENGLISH 2011

A series of interview excerpts from business leaders, discussing various topics related to starting and sustaining a successful business.






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