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. 

Current BRASS committees

Download BRASS Committee Roster 2013-2014 (pdf)

BRASS Elections

March 19th - April 25th

Webinar Series:  Mastering Business Acumen (MBA) In a Day

March 20th- Marketing  |   April 4th- Management

May 1st- Accounting  |  May 15th- Finance

How Business Librarians Support Entrepreneurs

Friday June 27, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mad Men:  The Business of Advertising

Monday June 30th, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

  Continental breakfast from 8:00 am - 8:30 am,
sponsored by S&P Capital IQ


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.

Andy Spackman
BRASS Chair, 2013-2014


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Already an ALA member?   Then please consider becoming a member of RUSA (Reference and Users Services Association).  With a RUSA membership, you can join BRASS at no extra charge. 

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