Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS)
BRASS is the Business Reference and Services Section of ALA's Reference & User Services Association (RUSA). Whether you're new to business reference and looking for some guidance or you wish to share your business reference expertise, BRASS is your home. Members come from all kinds of libraries, including public, academic, and corporate.
Hello BRASS members!
We are excited about the IMLS Sparks! grant received by RUSA to identify best practices in financial literary education in libraries. Stay tuned as this grant will result in guidelines, a white paper, and webinars, and is an excellent opportunity for BRASS to make a difference in a growing area of library service.
In August the Harvard Business Review removed the ability to print, link, or download for 500 of its most used articles on the EBSCO platform. A BRASS task force was convened to study the situation and make initial recommendations. The resulting RUSA/BRASS Statement on Harvard Business Review Pricing & Access will be announced through an ALA press release, distributed through multiple listservs, and is available here.
The HBR 500 statement is not our last word on the matter. It should be the beginning of discussion, both within BRASS and between business librarians, their institutions, and publishers. BRASS has a role to play in advocating for access to information, and the strength of our members’ contributions will help us lead the way.
BRASS Chair, 2013-2014
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