Business Library & Business Reference Web Pages


ALA Midwinter Meeting, San Antonio
Sunday, January 21, 2006
Hilton Palacio Del Rio, Del Rey South Room

BRASS Discussion Group Notes

Recorders: Leticia Camacho, Brigham Young University, Louise Feldman, Colorado State University Libraries, Sylvia Ortiz, New Mexico State University.

Peter McKay, Chair of the BRASS Business Reference Services Discussion Group, welcomed attendees to the discussion group.

Peter introduced the topic "Business Library & Business Reference Web Pages”. The emphasis of the discussion was on online sources that Business librarians create for their own work. Peter McKay encouraged the audience to suggest internet sources.

The following are the websites suggested and discussed during our discussion group meeting:

Library of Congress Business Reference
This site contains a useful A to Z guide along with their new BERA (Business & Economics Research Advisor) newsletter.

University of Pennsylvania Lippincott Library (collaborative) Business FAQ
Pilot collaborative with NYU, Columbia, Princeton, Purdue, etc. to answer frequently asked business research questions drawing on the specialized expertise of the institutions involved. Searchable by keyword. System is managed and software is hosted by Wharton and there is a FAQ site on the server at each school involved. Those involved monitor their area of specialization with librarians deciding what to include. Answers are not intended to be long, but a starting point for researchers. Michael Halperin is the contact. This collaborative partnership may be limited to only several institutions. It is okay to link to the site. (suggested by Bobray Bordelon)

Georgetown University Library - Business Intelligence Center Database Help Sheets
Provides an extensive list of links to database help sheets created by university libraries. Updated frequently. (suggested by Jennifer Boettcher)

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Business Plans and Profiles Index
Alphabetical listing of business plans with links to those available online. A "labor of love" of the business library. (suggested by Ann Fiegan)

New York City Public Library - Science, Industry and Business Section
Site includes entrepreneurship information through the NYC Small Business Resource Center with sample business plans as well as other information. There are Research Guides on many business topics including company and industry information, international trade, and market research.

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill - GIS Data Finder
Click on link at right of page for "GIS Data Finder." Browse and search capability as well as a thematic index. Some proprietary information, but mostly free.

Goizueta Business Library at Emory University - Global Perspectives Information Guide
Links to web sites and country information. Some information is only available to students. Provides a wealth of information. Many other research guides are available through the library as well. (suggested by Lee Pasackow)

J. Murray Atkins Library, University of North Carolina, Charlotte - VIBES (Virtual International Business)
Internet sources (3500 links) in international business and economics that are either entirely free or with significant free information. Sites are either English or bilingual. Focus of this resource is for undergraduates or those beginning their international business research. (created and maintained by Jeanie Welch)

Rutgers University Libraries - Business Reference Guides Lengthy, comprehensive business resource guides. (suggested by Ryan Womack)

University of Florida Business Library - Web Site
Resource pages with links to relevant databases and ten step tutorials amongst other information. (created and maintained by Peter McKay)

Babson College Horn Library - Quick Tutorials
There are numerous database tutorials created using Camtasia and covering Proquest, Hoovers, Infotrac, and EBSCO amongst others.

Open Discussion

Do students use tutorials?

Peter McKay stated that the accounting tutorials at the University of Florida are used frequently. Others at the University of Florida are used some and are pointed out during classes as an additional resource. The faculty finds them useful. They may not, however, generally be the first choice for students.

Where can I find a site that contains organizational plans?

  • The following book was suggested: U.S. Organization Charts: Structures of 240 Business, Government Agencies, and Non profit Organization. Detroit: Gale, 2000. $359.95, expensive and outdated. The Thompson/Gale rep stated that they had stopped their service due to the print challenge with renewal, but will keep in mind as a possibility in the future.
  • The University of Western Ontario has some business organizational charts

Does anyone know of a site that discusses the "human side" of executives such as who knows whom?

Some suggestions:

  1. Mergent Online – under executive tab
  2. Vivisimo (visualization search engine) – "Automatically categorizes search results on-the-fly into hierarchical clusters." Possibly find info by running an executive’s name.
  3. Corporate Affiliations Plus Online – subscription product
  4. Clusty (search engine)
  5. – very political, subjective

Where do I find diversity and sport stats?

Bobray Bordelon discussed how finding info about baseball is much easier than other sports, so it depends on the sport. Two possible helpful sites:
  1. Princeton Library Research Guide – Sports
  2. The Baseball Archive

Where do I find general and specific occupancy rates? (Commercial Real Estate)

Peter McKay suggested that large real estate companies might have occupancy rate information. They usually provide investment conditions. Some discussion about how occupancy rates are usually found more easily at the local level and the problems with finding historical information. Some possible sources of information:


Jennifer Boettcher:

  • Thanked Standard & Poor's for the beverages and urged everyone to stop by booth 1151 to thank them for their support of BRASS.
  • Public Forum is on Monday at 8 a.m. on Fee vs. Free based financial information.
  • Dinner Monday night at the Texas Land & Cattle Company.
  • Jennifer urged everyone to come to New Orleans in June for the ALA Annual Meeting. The annual program will be "Follow the Money – From Surpluses to School Buses: Understanding Public Finance."
  • Introduced the incoming chair, Ryan Womack

Ryan Womack:

BRASS committee appointments will be made in the spring. Interested members can fill out the form on the BRASS web page or can email Ryan.

Job Announcements

Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship Announcements

  • Todd Hines is the editor of a new column on databases. It will have a flexible format but be similar to the website and book columns. The column will review and discuss databases and provide comparisons between competing ones. Contact Todd if you are interested in reviewing for this column.
  • Gary White, Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship Editor, asked that members with ideas for articles to contact him.
  • Stacey Marien, book review editor, asked that members interested in writing book reviews for the journal contact her.
  • Ryan Womack is the incoming Web review editor. If you would like to write web site reviews contact him. You can suggest one or be assigned one.

Other Announcements

RUSA BRASS Professional Development Committee needs people who would like to develop Web courses. You will receive contract pay. Contact Bobray Bordelon if you are interested. Cecilia Ross will be presenting/teaching a four-week module-based course for those unfamiliar with business reference starting March 16th.

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Business Reference Services Discussion Group, ALA Midwinter Conference, January 21, 2006

  • Notes from the discussion

Disclaimer : This publication has been placed on the web for the convenience of BRASS members. Information and links will not be updated. Posted 28 March 2006.