Better Business knowledge now at your PA Library!




We all wish we knew more about the business world, don’t we? Well now thanks to the PA POWER Library we have a great resource to help us! Gale Business Insights: Essentials is one of the new databases brought to us by the state. Business Insights: Essentials has company reports, charts, diagrams, industry reports, and a glossary.

Business Insights: Essentials allows your patrons access to both U.S. company financial reports and company histories. There are charts which allow patrons to compare both companies and industries.

Business Insights: Essentials does offer an advance search feature that is easy to use for those interested in narrowing their business related searches. It also gives a very handy breakdown of the different information you can find on a company once you have completed your search.


Business Insights: Essentials can aid both you and your patrons when trying to be better informed about the business world around you. Help your patrons be better business minded individuals!

  ~ Adrianne Krings, Northland Public Library


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Vote for the next Big Library Read


A few times a year, OverDrive hosts a global eBook club, called the Big Library Read.  The Big Library Read offers one digital title to be borrowed at the same time without any wait lists or holds.  It is a worldwide digital version of a book club.

In October OverDrive is focusing on Juvenile and Young Adult titles for its upcoming selection.

Past Big Library Read books include, The Other Einstein by local Pittsburgher Marie Benedict.  Most recently Benedict released the popular title, Carnegie’s Maid.  Take a look at all the past titles that have been a part of OverDrive’s Big Library Read in the past.

Up until Thursday, Aug. 2nd you have the opportunity to help select the next Big Library Read for OverDrive.  Check out all the upcoming titles here and cast your vote! 

  • Pam – Baldwin Library
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Hidden Gems at the Library of Congress


The Library of Congress is a treasure trove of information as we all know. And their website,, has made many physical items from their physical collection available digitally. You can find the correspondence of important American historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Susan B. Anthony, Alexander Hamilton, and Abigail Adams.

A few more examples:
• Images of vintage baseball cards.
• Films of San Francisco before and after the earthquake of 1906.
• Films of the Westinghouse Works in Wilmerding, PA in 1904
The Digital Collection from the Library of Congress is a great site for students who need images or resources for a project. And it’s a great place to browse if you are a fan of history like I am!

Tracy – Monroeville Public Library

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