The the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the new Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is providing regional affiliated libraries, including UMass Lowell, with access to multiple Gale Cengage online databases. The newest edition of these available resources is the RDS Business Suite.
RDS comprises three separate business information databases that can be searched through one single interface: Business & Industry, Business & Management Practices, and TableBase.
Business & Management Practices (BaMP) content focuses on practical approaches to management processes and methods. BaMP offers highly-focused coverage from more than 300 current professional and trade journals containing information relevant to the fields of management, planning, production, finance, marketing, information technology and human resources; as well as an additional 1,000+ more general business journals and newspapers.
Business & Industry (B&I) is a broad-based business information database that focuses on facts, figures, events and market information about companies, industries, products and markets. It covers all industries and is international in scope. B&I draws content from over 1,800 trade and industry publications, regional, national and international newspapers, business dailies and newsletters.
TableBase is a database comprised of tabular information of a strategic nature. Every record has a unique table title. Many of the table records also have textual content which supports the data in the tables. The tables provide information such as: market share, market size, capacity, production, imports, exports, sales, product and brand rankings, forecasts, healthcare statistics and demographics.
The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) provides services to 1,700 Massachusetts libraries of all types and sizes throughout the Commonwealth. MLS was established in 2010 to consolidate the services of six former regional library systems. An Advisory Committee agreed to renew Gale database previously subscribed for state-wide library access by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In all MLS is providing 13 Gale databases, including the RDS Business Suite, through June 30, 2012.