BRASS Education Committee

The new chair of the BRASS Education Committee is Natasha Arguello, Business Research Librarian at University of Texas at San Antonio.

The preconference Mastering Business Acumen (MBA) in a Day was a success! Forty-one librarians attended the one-day workshop during ALA Anaheim. The presenters did an excellent job at teaching basic business concepts to librarians. Attendees reported that their increased understanding of these concepts will allow them to assist patrons more effectively with business reference questions.

The Education committee completed transferring their popular guides: Best of the Best Business Websites and BRASS Selected Core Resources for Business Reference to the Libguides format. Please check them out at

Committee members are currently writing reviews for this year’s winners of the Best of the Best Business Websites. Chosen from a running list of over 250 websites in various disciplines, the committee is recognizing the following three websites for the important and critical information they provide on business statistical data. Committee members’ reviews are scheduled to appear in the winter 2012 issue of RUSQ.

The winners are:

  • globalEDGE -Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University, this web portal offers a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States – A comprehensive collection of statistics in tabular format and includes basic statistics for a wide range of economic indicators. Each table lists the source of the statistics for further reference.
  • FRED – Economic Data from the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank – Provides historical U.S. economic and financial data, including daily U.S. interest rates, monetary and business indicators, exchange rates, balance of payments, and regional economic data.

Leticia Camacho, 2010–2012, Chair
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BRASS Best Business Sites