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Oyster Industry – Shucked – Book Review

Posted on July 7th, 2012 by gsmart in Kirstein Business Library

With summer in full swing, it’s time to indulge in my favorite pastime, oysters!  I’ve been reading last year’s Shucked by Erin Byers Murray.  Set in Duxbury, this non-fiction work chronicles the author’s year long odyssey of working for the Island Creek oyster farm after quitting her job at the DailyCandy. It’s a perfect beach read, and it’ll whet your appetite for those briny sea creatures.

To learn more about the back-breaking but rewarding work that goes into bringing fresh oysters to your table, read:



Life on A New England Oyster Farm
Murray, Erin Byers (Book – 2011)
Considering making a career change?  Try our Career Transitions database to search for jobs in the oyster industry:
To find other New England shellfish farms, try using our Mergent Intellect electronic resource:
Want to learn more about the oyster industry? Try a newspaper/periodical index search using  one of our business electronic databases:
Finally, an interesting history of oysters from 1890:

Power Searching with Google – Online Class

Posted on June 28th, 2012 by gsmart in Kirstein Business Library

While the Boston Public Library has some great technology workshop classes, you may be interested to know that Google is offering a free online course to help you become a power internet searcher. Consider signing up today!

via Google:

Power Searching with Google is a free online, community-based course showcasing search techniques and how to use them to solve real, everyday problems. It features:

  • Six 50-minute classes.
  • Interactive activities to practice new skills.
  • Opportunities to connect with others using Google Groups, Google+, and Hangouts on Air.
  • Upon passing the post-course assessment, a printable Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.


  • Registration is open from June 26, 2012 to July 16, 2012. We recommend that you register before the first class is released on July 10, 2012!
  • New classes will become available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting on July 10, 2012 and ending on July 19, 2012.
  • Course-related activities will end on July 23, 2012

Boston Tea Party and Tea Industry

Posted on June 25th, 2012 by gsmart in Kirstein Business Library

Fancy a cuppa?  At long last, and after a rather tumultuous financing and building process, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum reopens tomorrow, June 26th.  Don’t miss tonight’s June 25th, 6pm Boston Landmarks Orchestra performance.  The concert will be held indoors at the Tea Party Ships and Museum on the Congress Street Bridge.

If you’d like to learn more about the Boston Tea Party or the East India Company, check out some of the documents from the BPL at the Internet Archive:

Want to read up on today’s tea industry?  Try searching for articles using our RDS Business Suite:

Or try our in-house only ISI Emerging Markets database for some insight on China’s export of tea.

Looking for information about a property? Try these resources.

Posted on June 23rd, 2012 by gsmart in Kirstein Business Library

Here are a few onlines resources to check when looking to find out more information about a piece of property in Boston.


Suffolk Registry of Deeds

Use this database to check all documents relative to real estate, including deed, mortgages, releases and liens.  Find recorded land documents dated back to 1893. Indexed documents go back to 1976. 


Building Permit Search 

The building permit search database is courtsey of the Inspectional Services Department.  Check this database to see what building permits have been issued for your propery.


Assessing Online 

Property parcel data including assessed value, location, ownership and tax information for each piece of property in Boston can be found here.



Modern Healthcare – 100 Top Hospitals

Posted on June 20th, 2012 by gsmart in Kirstein Business Library

Via PressDisplay, check out the current issue of Modern Healthcare for the 100 Top Hospitals.  This is an in-house only database; view report from one of our computers or over our wi-fi network.

Modern Healthcare – 100 Top Hospitals
18 Jun 2012