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 within the American Library Association. BRASS members come from all kinds of libraries--public, academic, corporate and everything in-between. Get involved with BRASS to meet and network with these colleagues and for other professional development opportunities!
Hello BRASS members!
Happy Spring, though some of you still think its winter. The RUSA Update and BRASS Notes have reports from BRASS travels to Seattle. Read Jason Dewland’s report about the very informative discussion group on what libraries are doing to support entrepreneurs in our communities. The group of about 30 librarians attending also welcomed 6 librarians new to BRASS. Midwinter was also a time to attend more sessions of RUSA or other division forums and discussions than may be possible at annual. Many of us also noted that midwinter was a good time to visit with library vendors on the exhibit floor.
All hardworking volunteer committee members are planning a full line up of pre-conferences, programs, forums and discussion groups for ALA Annual Chicago June 28 to July 2. The Business 101 all day preconference is set for Friday June 28th. Also new this year will be a Friday afternoon workshop for academic librarians interested in accreditation topics at the BRASS/RUSA EMERALD AACSB Workshop. Look for an important survey and registration info for that workshop later this spring. Make this year a goal to get your financial house in order and attend the July 1, Monday morning BRASS Program: Investment Success! Building & Managing Your Retirement Portfolio. Finally, are you looking forward to the BRASS 25th Anniversary year in Chicago? Look for registration information for the 25 years of BRASS celebrating business librarian-to-librarian networking. Stay up to date on the latest on the BRASS Facebook page.
BRASS helps each of us every day do our jobs better. As you know BRASS never sleeps, more and more we are conducting our business year round and virtually. New volunteers are needed for BRASS committees, please fill out the volunteer form in the RUSA website.
BRASS Chair 2012-2013
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