Thank You for Participating in 14 Days to Have Your Say!

The Bentley Library would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit the 14 Days to Have Your Say! blog.   Between March 16 and March 29 we recorded 5,275 blog views and logged 103 posts and 70 comments.

You gave us much to consider, and over the next couple of weeks we will be reviewing what everyone had to say.  Stay tuned….we promise to post our responses as soon as we possibly can.  In the meantime, you can read what everyone had to say by visiting 14 Days to Have Your Say!

14 Days to Have Your Say!

14 Days to Have Your Say!
Tuesday, March 16 – Monday, March 29

Now’s Your Chance to Tell the Bentley Library What’s On Your Mind.

The Bentley Library is pleased to announce the launch of the 14 Days to Have Your Say! blog.  This limited-life blog is an open forum for the Bentley community – an opportunity to post your comments, criticisms, and kudos, as well as to read what others are saying about the library.  Don’t be shy, tell us what’s on your mind!

Go to to have your say.

The 14 Days to Have Your Say! blog will be open Tuesday, March 16 – Monday, March 29, 2010.  Do you have questions about this project?  Please visit the About and FAQs pages, or contact the Reference Desk at or 781-891-2300.

Database of the Month: IBISWorld Business Environment Reports

A few months ago we profiled IBISWorld’s Industry Market Research Reports, but IBISWorld has even more to offer!  The Library’s subscription to IBISWorld also provides access to their Business Environment Reports and Business Environment Monitor Reports.

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Description & Key Features:

IBISWorld’s Business Environment Reports offer data and analysis that give context to companies, industries, and the U.S. economy.   IBIS uses an “outside-looking-in” approach to explain how economic, demographic and other changes impact on people, enterprises and commerce.  These reports contain interesting and hard-to-find economic facts and figures.

Business Environment Research Reports center around 7 environments – Consumer Behavior & Attitudes, Developed & Natural Resources, Domestic Economy & External Accounts, Financial Market, Goods and Services Prices, International Economy & Commodities, and Labor & Demographics.  Business Environment Research Reports are available as brief reports (3-4 pages) on around 300 key Business Environment indicators, and include such topics as:

IBISWorld’s Business Environment Monitor Reports provide an overview of the U. S. economy. Each report provides data and analysis from six related Business Environment elements and presents both the historical trend and a 5-year forecast period.  Data tables can be downloaded into Excel.

Connect to this Database:

Please visit IBISWorld to explore this valuable database further, or visit our Databases page to view a complete list of our resources.
Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases) please contact the Reference Desk.  If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact our Coordinator of User Education, Elizabeth Galoozis.

Money & Taxes: Books on Display

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Money often costs too much.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the spirit of the season…tax season that is…we have pulled together a selection of books, DVDs and audiobooks about taxes, monetary and taxation policies, and the history of money.   This display presents general interest and scholarly works from the fields of economics, finance, history, law, and philosophy, and includes areas of current  research that will be of interest to the Bentley community.

From Charles Rossotti’s behind the scenes tale of the IRS in Many Unhappy Returns: One Man’s Quest to Turn Around the Most Unpopular Organization in America, to Lauren Weber’s intriguing socioeconomic chronicle of the history of American frugality in In Cheap We Trust: The Misunderstood American Virtue, to the award-winning documentary Maxed Out, we’re highlighting an eclectic selection of titles.

Please take a moment to stop by, browse and borrow.