Today I had the opportunity to meet with a colleague who is fairly new to business librarianship. In lieu of the Vulcan Mind Meld (a la Spock in Star Trek), I shared with her some of my favorite web sites, blogs, and journals. These are things that I read to stay current, and where I go for help, because, as hard as it might be to believe, I don’t know everything! So, in the interests of furthering the community of practice of business librarianship in general, and academic business librarianship in particular, and making some of my tacit knowledge explicit, here are some of my favorite tools:
For help with tricky reference questions
- Zimmerman’s Research Guide(on the LexisNexis InfoPro site):
- Tagged as an online encyclopedia for legal researchers, it has lot of business-related guidance in it. It was created by Andrew Zimmerman, a law firm librarian.
- RUSA BRASS Libguides(American Library Association)
- The Best of the Business Websites guides (by broad topic) and the Selected core resources guide are chock full of advice and tips on researching business questions and list the core sources in each category.
- Find Answers Quickly(C.B. Bud Johnston Library, University of Western Ontario
- Another great place to get a sense of which databases to look in for specific types of business information, with the added value of Canadian content.
- I also use the FAQ database from the University of Alberta Winspear Library’s BizFAQ and their Winspear Canadian Industry database.
Issues/trends in Business Librarianship
- Academic Brass (American Library Association)
- A newsletter with articles on academic business librarianship.
- Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship(Routledge, Taylor & Francis)
- A peer-reviewed academic journal
How I Keep up with Business / Management Education
- BizEd Magazine (AACSB)
- Journal of Education for Business (Routledge, Taylor & Francis)
- Academy of Management Learning & Education
Curious about Communities of Practice and Knowledge Management? Here is a great place to start:
Communities of practice: a brief introduction (Etienne Wenger, June 2006)
I will also put in a plug for the research that I did for my MA in communications and technology in 2005. My project was titled “interaction and knowledge exchange among academic business librarians in Ontario” and you can read the full report online.
If you looking for an overview of knowledge management and some recommended readings, take a look at the handout that I prepared for a talk that I gave at the CAUT Librarians Conference in 2005 titled “remembering lessons learned: knowledge management techniques for building generational memory.”