Quarterly Update

Carol Schuetz, editor



Elizabeth Malafi, Editor

From the BRASS Chair

Hello BRASS members,

  • Committee appointments have been made and can be seen at http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/brass/committees or the BRASS roster can be viewed in Connect.
  • The Business Research Competencies document http://www.ala.org/rusa/guidelines/business-research-competencies has been completed and endorsed by BRASS, RUSA, and SLA B&F and was the topic of an ALA course.
  • We have a great returning educational opportunity, Business Reference 101 coming up in October.
  • Many of our award winners were interviewed this summer in lieu of an awards ceremony and their podcasts can be listened to at http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/brass.
  • Our new webmasters are looking at how to update the Member Publication list, so look for more on that at a later date.
  • BRASS and RUSA continue to investigate our options for our future home. This is still very much undetermined.
  • COVID-19 has shifted some committee work. I want to give special thanks to vendor relations for communicating many changes related to conference, to the award committees for their shift to doing podcasts with the awardees, to membership for doing virtual membership events, and to the discussion group for handling much larger online groups since March. If I missed someone, let me know!

Thank you all as we adjust to working under different circumstances. We have a lot to be proud of as we maintain important initiatives and shift focus in other areas.

Julia Martin, BRASS Chair 2020-2021

BRASS Committee Reports

Business Reference in Public Libraries Committee
The committee met last week and decided on a few ideas to push through this year:

  1. Promote the Libguides to public libraries through state library associations and other avenues
  2. Work on using the Business Research competencies to give public librarians a helpful guide and training tool to improve their business research skills.
  3. Develop a guide for B schools to give to graduating business students informing them of the resources public libraries have when they no longer have access to university databases.
  4. Create a guide for public librarians – “How to develop a relationship with your local business school”
  5. Create a guide – “How to reach out to business in the time of COVID” for librarians

We will meet again in Sept. because our numbers were pretty low. We hope to have these ideas fleshed out a little bit more. We also are discussing a little bit about the future of our committee as RUSA decides what is happening with them and if we will still be part of BRASS.

Trish Hull, Chair 2020-2021

Conference Planning Committee
We are putting the final touches on this years’ program proposal for ALA Annual. We are modifying last year’s accepted proposal that we weren’t able to offer due to the conference moving to a virtual environment. The title is: Follow the money: Help watchdogs, whistleblowers, and our communities find and understand financial trails and organizational relationships.
We are updating the proposal to focus on how COVID-19 has affected budgets across institutions and governments and how that will likely increase the number of research questions around organizational relationships and finances.

Alice Kalinowski, Chair 2020-2021

Discussion Group Steering Committee
The committee met to discuss plans for this year, and we have scheduled the discussions for 2020-2021. We decided to keep the same day and time as last year.

Scheduled BRASS Virtual Discussions for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:

Friday, September 18, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 Central

Friday, October 16, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 Central

Friday, November 20, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 Central

No meeting in December

Friday, January 15, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 Central

Friday, February 19, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 Central

Friday, March 19, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 Central

Friday, April 16, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 Central

Friday, May 21, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 Central

Friday, June 18, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 Central

Kara Van Abel, Chair

Excellence in Business Librarian Award Committee
The committee will begin soliciting nominations October 1, 2020.

Genifer Snipes, Chair 2020-2021

Student Travel Award Committee
The SimplyAnalytics Student Travel Award committee congratulates our 2020 winner Daphnie Neal. A podcast interview with her is forthcoming. We will begin soliciting nominations for the 2021 award later this year.

Abi Morgan, Chair 2020-2021

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