Introducing the Business Lounge

The library was awarded $5,000 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services* to better support the research needs of the undergraduate Economics and Business Administration majors and the MBA program.
We reorganized the print business reference collection, purchased new materials and rearranged some furniture. Here is a summary and some before and after pictures:

Business Reference Collection: The majority of older, out of date titles have been discarded. We have moved some books (such as encyclopedias and dictionaries) out of the Reference Room and into the new Business Lounge. Here are some of the print and online resources that were purchased with the grant: Plunkett’s Food Industry Almanac; Plunkett’s Renewable, Alternative and Hydro Energy Industry Almanac; Plunkett’s Retail Industry Almanac; The American Marketplace: Demographics & Spending; Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance; Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks: Business Plans Handbook; Encyclopedia of Business and Finance, Encyclopedia of American Industries, and Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. The library also received a generous donation that was used to purchase the online version of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.

The Business Lounge: Located in the index area, the Business Lounge was created for faculty, students and staff to enjoy a quiet area and to have access to business resources.

Resources from the Business Lounge include:
• 4 computers
• Color printer/scanner
• Small business reference collection (list is online at: http://www.framingham.edu/wlibrary/instruction/shelflist.htm)
• Newspapers like Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barrons
• Magazines and journals like Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Consumer Reports
• Books on careers and print guides from the Career Counseling Center
• Small white board for group work

Economics and Business Administration Libguide: The library offers many online resources as well. We have created a new online subject guide for Economics and Business Administration: http://libguides.framingham.edu/business. The guide highlights business databases (like Business Source Premier and Mergent), books, e-books, and business websites.

Business Research Instruction Sessions: The library can tailor library instruction classes to your assignments. In addition, the library will hold regular sessions on business research.

Many thanks to all of my colleagues in the library who helped with the area, especially Bonnie, Marge, Allyson, Debbie, Rick and my very special intern Laura.

Before and after pictures of the Business Lounge are found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37020492@N03/sets/72157616215251643/

*Bought with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

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