BRASS Fall Thing-2021

Tuesday, 10/19/2021 - Thursday, 10/21/2021

Join us for the first ever BRASS Fall Thing, a new virtual event open to all. The theme is business information literacy and will be most relevant to academic libraries. The event includes a combination of live programming and access to vaulted programming. The 7 hours of live programming includes workshops and lightning talks focused on business information literacy, the Framework, and teaching students how to find, use and evaluate business resources and information. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (all times Central) 

2:00pm - Kick off and Remo Introduction

We'll have a brief welcome and go over what to expect throughout the event along with a quick tour and introduction to the Remo, the virtual conference software we will be using. Participants will have time to catch up and mingle with one another before the Lightning Talks event.  

2:30pm - 4:00pm Lightning Talks

Kick-off the BRASS thing with lightning talks exploring information and data literacy strategies in business school settings. Attendees will also have an opportunity to speak with the presenters in a small group setting using the Remo platform. In addition to the live event, a suite of pre-recorded lightning talks will highlight how business librarians adopt, engage, and influence the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation standards and online community.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 (all times Central) 

1:00pm - 2:30pm - Framing the Frame: "Information has Value" for Business Library Instruction

Four business librarians will share their experiences of retooling th ACRL Information Literacy frame "Information Has Value." This presentation will focus on four different learning approaches, pillars of persuasive argumentation, critical thinking discussions, a matrix, and role-play. One librarian outlines some of the problems with student understanding of the value of information based on the experience of teaching a massive 2500-student onboarding course for incoming Freshmen in which “Information Has Value” is addressed from both rhetorical and practical angles. Another librarian will present how they use “Information Has Value” in processes of reflection for decision making, exploring the frame through discussion. A third librarian will present the concept of competitive information in terms of how information has monetary value. As business librarians know, though there might appear to be an abundance of information freely available, business decisions often rely on costly market research or internal corporate intelligence built from years of industry experience. A fourth librarian will present on how different voices have their unique value and researchers should make an effort to seek multiple perspectives and make the underrepresented or systematically marginalized voices being heard. Participants will engage with multiple student-centered, classroom ready activities and take away handouts outlining how they can implement them in their instruction.

3:00pm - 4:30pm - Instruction Materials (IM): Share-and-receive-athon using BLExIM

Do you have IM that you think could benefit other business librarians, and you want to pay it forward?  Do you wish you could find IM on different business research topics, so you don’t spend hours reinventing the wheel?  If you thought “yes,” then it’s time to start using BLExIM!  BLExIM = Business Librarians Exchanging Instructional Materials.  You’ll get a quick overview of BLExIM, and then you’ll dive into the real work of doing actual sharing and receiving, with a BLExIM co-creator guiding you and answering your questions. 

Thursday, October 21, 2021 (all times Central) 

1:00pm - 2:30pm - Evidence Based Practice & Business Librarianship 

As academic libraries struggle with budget and staffing issues, evidence-based practice (EBP) becomes more and more important in our efforts to increase the ROI on our work. EBP helps us make decisions and solve problems, and can be an effective way to improve day-to-day processes and services, as well as advocate for change on a larger scale. This online workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of evidence-based practice in our field and how it can be applied specifically in the business librarian context. Participants will learn about the EBP model, examine different types of evidence, and apply EBP principles to issues in their own institutional contexts.

3:00pm - 4:30pm - Fall Thing Social & Speaker Roundtables 

Wrap up the week with a chance to hat with speakers and attendees at the Fall Thing Social! There will be tables to talk to various speakers about their presentations, and we’ll also have tables set up for work-related and casual conversation. Feel free to come and go and move between tables as you please.

Access to Vaulted Programming

Attendees will also receive perpetual access to a 'vault' of previously offered BRASS webinars from the last few years. The topics of the webinars range from supporting business schools in the AACSB accreditation process to using and finding research data, and more. This set of recorded webinars is valued at more than $300, and a great resource to any librarian looking to grow their skills.

Learning Outcomes

Following attendance at the BRASS Thing, participants will be able to:

  • Identify new methods of adopting the ACRL Information Literacy Framework and the BRASS Business Research Competencies into their own instructional practice
  • Locate and use the Business Librarians Exchanging Instructional Materials platform to discover and share educational resources
  • Recognize and describe how evidence-based practice can be used at their own institution to solve routine and complex problems. 

Who Should Attend

Information professionals who support business researchers. The live sessions will be most relevant to those who do in-person or online instruction, while the vaulted videos will be relevant to a wider audience of librarians supporting business and social science disciplines. 


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

2:00pm Central- Kick off and Remo Introduction

Alice Kalinowski is Public Services Manager at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Library. She led the efforts to organize this event, which has truly been a team effort with contributions from many.  

2:30pm-Lightning Talks

Business Data Quality Problems and What Librarians Can Do About it

Grace Liu is the business librarian and assistant professor at West Chester University FHG library. Her research interest focuses on business information literacy, information evaluation, systematic reviews, and evidence-based practices. She has created and shared many learning objects and written several articles on related topics.

Business Information Literacy in the Early 21st Century: An Analysis of Instructional Practices and Trends

LuMarie Guth's paper "Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into library instruction and its implication for business instruction in particular" on faculty views of the Framework was selected as one of the Top Twenty Library Instruction Articles of 2018 and 2020.

Amanda Click is the Head of Research and Instruction at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Previously, she was the business librarian at American University in Washington, DC, and the coordinator of instruction at the American University in Cairo. In 2016, she completed her PhD in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include open access, information literacy, evidence-based practice, and cultural adaptation.

Competent Enough-Getting First Year Business Students Started

Abigail Morgan is a Social Sciences Librarian at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is the liaison to several departments, including economics and marketing, as well as working closely with the coordinators for the business school’s First Year Integrated Core program. Her research interests include information literacy acquisition in first- and second-year students.

Getting Down to Business (and Other Disciplines Too!): Teaching Interdisciplinary Research Skills with the BRC and ACRL Framework

Janet Hauck is the Business and Social Science Librarian at Seattle Pacific University. She holds an MLIS from the University of Washington, and she is pleased to be working once again a the SPU Library, a job she has held as an undergraduate there. Janet especially enjoys partnering with students and visiting classes to teach research skills, and she is currently busy editing a chapter for the forthcoming ACRL publication, Teaching Business Information Literacy.

BCOR and After:  Flipping the Lesson Plan Using BRASS Research Competencies

Halley Todd has been a business librarian since 2013 after receiving her Master's of Science in Information from the University of Michigan's School of Information. She has worked at the University of Michigan's Kresge Library, and most recently at the University of Colorado- Boulder's William M. White Business Library as the Business Research and Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

1:00pm Central- Framing the Frame: "Information has Value" for Business Library Instruction

Ilana Stonebraker is Head, Associate Librarian, at Business/SPEA Library at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research interests include scholarship of teaching and learning, business information literacy and education, crowd sourcing and emerging metrics. 

Grace Liu is Assistant Professor, Business Librarian at West Chester University FHG library. Her research interest focuses on business information literacy, information evaluation, systematic reviews, and evidence-based practices. 

LuMarie Guth is Associate Professor, Business Librarian at Western Michigan University. She is Past Chair of the BRASS Business Education Committee. She has published on the incorporation of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into library instruction and its implication for business instruction in particular. LuMarie’s papers were selected for inclusion in the LIRT Top Twenty Library Instruction Articles in 2018 and 2020.

G. Arave is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Indiana University Bloomington. He is interested in instructional design and technologies and has also done extensive research on Semantic Web ontologies.

3:00pm Central- Instruction Materials (IM): Share-and-receive-athon using BLExIM

Annette Buckley is one of the BLExIM co-creators.  She is the Business & Economics Librarian at UC Irvine, and she is a PhD student in Information Science at the University at Buffalo.  When she’s not working, you can find her binging TV, with her cat and a glass of wine nearby. 

Kara Van Abel is a Reference Librarian & Liaison to the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She developed an online business reference course called Business Research Toolkit and is a co-creator of BLExIM. When she’s not busy being a librarian, she’s busy weathering the pandemic as a mother to two energetic toddlers. Her advice to everyone during these trying times is to count your blessings, sleep whenever possible, and always wash your hands.

Orolando Duffus is one of the BLExIM co-creators.  He is the Business & Technology Librarian at The University of Houston. His research interests include exploring ways libraries can help to advance entrepreneurship as a pathway to economic justice and economic empowerment to counter systemic racism. In his free time, Orolando loves to ride his bike, exercise, and travel.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

1:00pm Central- Evidence Based Practice & Business Librarianship 

Claire Wiley serves on the research and instruction team and as the liaison to the Colleges of Business and Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University. Her research interests include information literacy, business information literacy, the use of evidence synthesis methods in LIS, and librarians as academic advisors.

Meggan Houlihan is the College Liaisons Coordinator for Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts, and Business at the Colorado State University Libraries. Her research interests include assessment, business information literacy, evidence synthesis methods, and international students in academic libraries.

Amanda Click is the Head of Research & Instruction at the U.S. Naval Academy's Nimitz Library. Previously, she was the business librarian at American University in Washington, DC. Her research interests include the globalization of higher education, academic integrity, information literacy, and EDI in scholarly communications. 




Early Registration extended until October 1st: 

  • BRASS Member: $99
  • RUSA Member: $119
  • ALA Member: $199
  • Student/Retired/Unemployed: $25
  • Non-Member: $ 219

Group Registration: $500 

Regular Registration after October 1st: 

  • BRASS Member: $119
  • RUSA Member: $139
  • ALA Member: $219
  • Student/Retired/Unemployed: $25
  • Non-Member: $239

Group Registration: $500 

Scholarship: Scholarships are available to those with a financial need on a first come first serve basis.  A special thank you to SimplyAnalytics for their kind sponsorship. If the registration cost is financially prohibitive, please complete the form found here

How to Register


Tech Requirements

The live programming will be using the interactive virtual conference platform Remo. The Remo platform is more interactive than Zoom so participants will be able to network and engage with each other and the presenters more similarly to an in-person conference. Additional information will be included in your confirmation and during the kick-off and introduction on Tuesday, October 19th. 

This event is designed to be interactive and collaborative in nature. While some portions will be recorded (including all the Lightning Talks and portions of the other sessions), much of the sessions will be taking place in virtual small table discussions which are unable to be recorded. The portions of the live sessions that can be recorded will be available to registrants after the event, along with access to the vaulted video library of recently held BRASS webinars.


Questions about your registration should be directed to

Technical or content questions should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Program Officer-Continuing Education, at