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A new year, A new beginning…

Posted on January 9th, 2014 by Amber De Angelis in Electronic Resources, Internet Resources
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It’s a new year! It’s the perfect time to pick up good habits or learn something new. Actually, any time is a good time to do those, you just need the right tools and the drive to do it.  Luckily for you, the Boston Public Library and the web have some great resources to help you kick off your new year right.

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Ford Debuts Solar Car at Consumer Electronics Show

Posted on January 6th, 2014 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library

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Ford’s new solar car, a concept vehicle, is a version of the C-Max Energi plug-in car already sold by Ford.

Like the C-Max Energi, the new C-Max Solar Energi can go 21 miles on electricity between charges. It then can switch over and run on gasoline until it is recharged.

The concept car’s roof is covered with a solar cells provided by SunPower Corp.

For more on solar cars, try Business Insights: Essentials , available remotely with a Metro Boston Library Network card.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

Posted on December 26th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library


Have you explored the Norman B. Leventhal Map website yet?  This digital collection represents an ongoing project of conservation, cataloguing, and digital imaging of the Norman B. Leventhal Center’s collection of over 200,000 historical maps and 5,000 atlases.  View the collection by location, subject, date, publisher, author, or projection.

Here are a few of their business themed maps for Boston:

Be sure to check out the Map Center’s Made in Boston exhibition (through March 10th) which brings together, for the first time in decades, a majority of maps made in Boston in the century before the American Revolution.

MIT Takes Fourth Place in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge Trials

Posted on December 24th, 2013 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library

Congratulations to the MIT DARPA Robotics Challenge Team!

Sixteen teams from around the world competed from December 20-21, 2013  in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ’s Robotics Challenge Trials. The Challenge demonstrates the potential for the use of robots  in disaster response.

The team from MIT took fourth place with the Atlas robot built by Boston Dynamics and will advance to the finals next year.  The team developed algorithms and user interfaces to aid a human operator paired with the robot to carry out a series of tasks such as walking over uneven terrain,  entering and driving a small utility vehicle, and using tools. Read more »

Commercial Buildings of Boston – Past and Present

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library


Did you know our Boston Pictorial Archive holds photographs, prints, and drawings documenting Boston-area commercial buildings in the 19th and 20th centuries? The bulk of the material covers the years between 1855 and 1970 and offers views of banks, coffeehouses, stores and markets, taverns, and more.

For a look at buildings from today, two websites worth checking out:

Detailed information on Boston buildings, the world’s 200 tallest buildings, and the USA’s top 20 buildings.

Detailed information on Boston buildings, features skyscraper diagram illustrations, timeline chronologies, and a buildings database.

Both resources offer profiles on each building’s architectural style, architect, façade material, height, floors, and construction dates.