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STL Special Libraries Spotlight: Federal Reserve Bank Library July 2, 2009

Posted by Cynthia in Library Stuff.
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Last night the Special Libraries class visited the Federal Reserve Bank Library. The most impressive thing about the library to me was the outreach performed by the staff to the public at large. Though the library is a research library geared towards the economists working at the Federal Reserve Bank, the library also maintains an external Internet site geared towards the general public.

The external site contains many subsections, geared towards different sectors of the population. FRASER is a digital archive which contains economic documents.. FRED is full of economic data. LIBER8 is an economic information portal geared more towards students and generalists, and contains newsletters written by the research analysts working at the Federal Reserve Bank.

I had no idea that the Federal Reserve Bank offered such handy and interesting information to the public, though this doesn’t speak badly about their outreach – FRASER alone gets about one million hits a month! S.V.

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