BRASS is excited to announce a preconference, two major programs, two discussion groups, and two membership meetings at ALA annual 2021.  Emerald Publishing is reaching out to some great speakers in education and publishing to share their experiences on EDI in business education for us at their biannual preconference!  Next we have two on-demand programs organized by BRASS’s Business Reference in Public Libraries Committee on making business reference in public libraries easy and by the Conference Program Planning Committee on following the money through freedom of information act requests.  Both of these can be watched at any time with a Q&A at a set time during the conference.  We’ve tried to put together a mix of opportunities to gain knowledge and share thoughts and make the virtual environment work for us.

EDI: Integrating business education and research

Emerald Publishing and RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) are partnering for an American Library Association Annual pre-conference event. The panel discussion, hosted by Erika Valenti, Emerald North America regional manager, will discuss how equity, diversity and inclusion can be integrated into business education research resources.

This event is Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern and is free with registration on Emerald’s website!

Business Reference in Public Libraries Made Easy

Does business reference seem complicated or difficult? A panel of from the BRASS Business Reference in Public Libraries Committee has the solution. Learn how to create a community list of resources available for all aspects of starting or growing a business. Become the community resource your entrepreneurs will start with as they begin or grow their businesses. Learn how to connect with local higher education and promote library resources.  Improve your own business reference skills.

Follow the money: Help watchdogs, whistleblowers, and our communities find and understand financial trails and organizational relationships

What individuals or companies are financially backing a ballot measure? Who are behind Super PACs? Who is sitting on nonprofit boards and how are their funds being used? Who are the major donors to an academic institution?  “Follow the money” presents research and reference strategies like Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to assist patrons in uncovering financial trails and organizational relationships. The panel is hosted by the BRASS Conference Program Planning Committee and is composed of Justin Mayo from Stanford’s Big Local News Group, Andrew Perez & Juila Rock from Daily Poster, and Kelly Janousek from Cal State Long Beach.

Discussion Groups and Meetings

  • BRASS Discussion Group – A wide ranging discussion on business reference, instruction, and collection development.
  • New Business Librarians Discussion Group – A discussion focused on the needs of business librarians in their first five years of service.
  • Committee Expo/All Committees Meeting – We’re still working this out. More details to come!
  • Leadership Council Meeting – Meeting of the BRASS leadership body.

Register for ALA Annual Now!

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