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Vote now for new MBTA maps

Posted on September 11th, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Kirstein Business Library
MBTA design contest entry

Needlepoint MBTA design contest entry

The MBTA has several projects underway to improve the accessibility and convenience for riders, including a redesign of the system map.  Earlier this year, they launched a design competition for which they received an overwhelming number of responses. They have chosen the six finalists and they want your vote!

Voting is open until September 19th.  I like numbers 4 and 5 because of the context they provide in regards to the geography of Boston.

Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!

Check out some of the other entries too.

Cheers!

Netflix for books? Sure, why not!

Posted on September 6th, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Internet Resources

Oysterbooks

TechCrunch reports  that Oyster, a new ebook subscription service, is rolling out invitations for the iPhone on a first come, first-served basis.

The startup plans to offer its members unlimited access to over 100,000 ebook titles for $9.95 a month. And Oyster plans to add more titles going forward.

Taking its name from the Shakespearean line, “the world’s mine oyster,” the service focuses heavily on reader experience– literally putting a library in your pocket. The nine man team developed a mobile app optimized for reading and sharing with your friends with one-tap access to each ebook.

You can sign up for an invitation on their homepage.

If you subscribe to the service, let us know what you think in the comments below.

But if you don’t feel like doling out the cash each month, we have ebooks as well as downloadable audio books for free via overdrive. We also have a new magazine subscription service called Zinio, which allows you to check out current issues of popular magazines in English or Spanish to read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  Both are accessible with a BPL eCard or a regular library card and your PIN.

Cheers!

Ladies and Gentlemen: It’s not over after 55

Posted on March 8th, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Internet Resources

Are you 55 and over?

Courtesy of ReServe Inc.

ReServe is an innovative nonprofit that matches continuing professionals age 55+ (ReServists) with organizations that need their expertise.

Do you want to give back to your community?

Are you looking for an opportunity to re-enter the workforce part-time?

Well, then you should check out ReServe.  ReServe  is a nonprofit that puts adults age 55 and up to work in schools, government offices, and community organizations.  It has been featured in the Boston Globe.

As a potential ReServist, you can be matched with an organization that needs your expertise. Most positions are between 10 and 20 hours a week and last for at least three months.  ReServists get paid a $10 per hour stipend for their efforts.

Organizations who have gaps in their staff can register with ReServe to get the talent they need, through the Give Back, Fill the Gap program.  Or through the Impact Initiatives program ReServists can tackle issues with the community and work one on one with clients who need your skills.

The Boston chapter, launched earlier this year, is operated by JVS Boston in collaboration with Discovering What’s Next.

JVS Boston specializes helping individuals find jobs and get the skills they need to become successful in the workplace and their communities.  Discovering What’s Next provides individuals over 50 with resources and programming and promotes community engagement.

Upcoming Classes and Programs

Neighbors Helping Neighbors meets every Wednesday at 7pm in the Kirstein Business Library.  FYI:  On April 3rd NHN will move up one hour to a 6pm start time.

Stop by the training lab on Tuesday, March 12 at 2:30 to learn about Job Searching Online.

Or you can swing by the training lab on Tuesday, March 26 at 2:30 to learn how to Create a Resume Online.

Cheers!

Explore LinkedIn at Kirstein’s LinkedIn Boot Camp

Posted on February 27th, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Kirstein Business Library, Programs

Why use LinkedIn?

There is a lot of buzz surrounding LinkedIn, especially since they have topped 200 million users worldwide. LinkedIn has  become the de facto tool for professionals to network.

LinkedIn Boot Camp

So the question is why don’t you use it to it’s full potential?

If you break it down into it’s simplest form, LinkedIn is basically a customizable directory.  Over 200 million people have listed contact information, skills and expertise — giving others a professional summary about themselves. Users then reach out to colleagues and former coworkers in order to establish their network.

Thus your profile and your connections say a lot about you.

The goal of next week’s LinkedIn Boot Camp is to help you learn more about LinkedIn and it’s potential.

Day 1
This day we will focus mainly how to craft your profile to show off your skills. The inclusion of keywords in your profile will help you show up in results more often.

Day 2
On this day we will focus on how to build and maintain your network. We will discuss endorsements, how to write and ask for recommendations, how to connect with others, and what groups to join.

Day 3
The third day will explore how LinkedIn is a valuable research tool. We will also discuss the pros and cons of premium accounts and how to stay on top of your industry.

The Boot Camp run March 4, 5, and 6 at 6pm. Each class will be about an hour and all the classes will be held in CO6.

No preregistration required.

Bring a pen and paper for notes.

Hope to see you there.

Quick Tip: Disaster Prep for you and your business

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library

Satellite Image of Hurricane Sandy

Are you getting ready to hunker down for Winter Storm Q this afternoon? While the storm is predicted to be less severe than Nemo, it’s always good to be prepared.

The SBA  has assembled worksheets and resources to help you prepare your business for the next disaster.  Along with clean up, recovery, and disaster planning, the SBA has disaster specific information too, including:

  • Hurricanes
  • Winter Weather
  • Earthquakes
  • Tornadoes
  • Wildfires
  • Floods
  • Cyber Security
  • Workplace Hazards & First Aid

It never hurts to prepare your home for a disaster, as well.  Ready.gov has guides to help prepare you and your family for emergencies.

The site also showcases a unique map of historical storms and disasters. When you click on each state you can see what was happening the day before an incident as compared to the aftermath. If you have been putting off distaster planning for your home or business, this map might make you think twice.

Cheers and stay safe!