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Posted on December 8th, 2015 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library is now available to Massachusetts residents with a  Metro Boston Library Network card or an ecard. is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals – access a video library of over 4,000 engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Here’s your chance to learn across the technology spectrum – from basic skills in Excel and Word to advanced skills in web design or 3D + animation.


Report on Financial Literacy in Massachusetts Released

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library


The Report on Financial Literacy in Massachusetts concludes that many residents and families simply lack access to and awareness of the tools that they need to manage their money, plan for college, save for retirement, and make sound decisions for their future. However, it also acknowledges numerous financial education resources that already exist in our state, and outlines strategies to build upon these efforts.

Toxic Employees are Very Expensive

Posted on December 1st, 2015 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library

toxicToxic Workers , a new Harvard Business School paper,  says that toxic employees are so damaging to profits that not hiring  them or turning  them into average workers is twice as valuable to a company as  hiring a superstar performer.

Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 Cost Up Slightly from 2014

Posted on November 19th, 2015 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library

thanksgivingThe American Farm Bureau Federation’s 30th annual price survey of classic items  served for Thanksgiving Day indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $50.11, a 70-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.41.

The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – cost $23.04 this year. That’s about $1.44 per pound, an increase of less than 9 cents per pound, or a total of $1.39 per whole turkey, compared to 2014.

The staff of the Kirstein Business Library wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

First Research Industry Overviews

Posted on November 7th, 2015 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources

Did you know?

  • The US cattle ranching industry includes about 915,000 operators with combined annual revenue of about $81 billion.
  • Global exports of seafood products total about $130 billion per year
  • There are about 6 million commercially operated ski areas in 80 countries
  • US apparel manufacturing industry includes about 6,500 establishments with combined annual revenue of about $12 billion


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