BRASS Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee

The BRASS Forum sponsored by the committee at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim on “Using Social Media to Promote Business Librarians and Resources” was well received by the 56 librarians that attended. John Gottfried of Western Kentucky University started off the session with a presentation on why experimenting with social media matters. April Kessler of the University of Texas and Chad Boeninger of Ohio University each presented inspiring examples of their use of social media in their work. The presentations are available to all conference goers in the ALA Conference Scheduler in the comments for the BRASS Forum (ALA Connect login required). They are also available to all BRASS members on the BRASS connect site in the BRASS 2012 Conference Handouts files folder.

In the coming year, the committee will be working in collaboration with the SLA Task Force for Core Competencies to establish core information literacy competencies for business students. In addition, one of our committee members will be participating in the newly formed RSS Job and Career Reference Committee to represent the academic library perspective. The incoming chair, Charles Allen of Texas State University–San Marcos, will be directing the committee in these and other new initiatives as the year progresses.

For questions and feedback to the committee, please refer to the contact information on the committee’s web page.

Lydia LaFaro, Chair, 2009-2012