RUSA BRASS Education Committee (Business Reference and Services Section) Committee
BRASS Education Committee Meeting (Minutes)
ALA Annual Conference
Saturday, June 25 from 10:30 – 12PM
Sheraton, Salon 829
Present: John Juricek, Louise Feldmann, Todd Hines, Connie Strittmatter, Joel Thornton, Monica Hagan, Rhonda Kleiman, Susan Schreiner, Michelle Allen, Leticia Camacho (Chair) , Paul Brothers
Excused: Natasha, Mary and Jared
- Call to order: Paul Brothers volunteered to take minutes
- Welcome and introductions/roster –
- Announcements: Todd Hines (ex officio from BRASS Exec.) announced that Minority Service Award is going away – S&P will not provide on-going support; BRASS Emerald Award – we have not received funding for this one yet but when we do it will be for one award and not two
- Todd passed around BRASS Program flyer for Monday AM program
- Paul – encouraged members to check their LibGuides periodically for updating
- Libguide assignments were divided (see attached form for names associated with areas)
- Lety mentioned using Google translator – Monica and Lety will investigate “turning on” this feature in LibGuides
- There was a discussion about copyright on the LibGuides page and if it was necessary to have a separate statement on each person’s guide. This issue was tabled for further discussion.
- Paul briefed members on the preconference. There were 16 paid attendees. Connie Strittmatter suggested having two back-to-back sessions. This could then be sold as one or both programs depending on the attendees needs and budget. [I learned from RUSA Board of Directors meeting that preconferences are going to be shortened by one hour i.e. ending at 4PM rather than 5PM.] Shika Sharma will be coordinating the MBA in a Day for Anaheim. Michelle Allen and Susan Schreiner will be assisting her.
10. Connie Strittmatter announced that Todd Hines will be taking her place with RUSA Professional Development.
To study and review the educational needs of business reference librarians and other librarians involved in providing business reference services; to explore and encourage the development of curriculum and continuing education programs in the area; and to promote communication between the profession and library educators.
Leticia Camacho (Chair, 2010 - 2012)
Michelle Allen (Member, 2011 - 2013)
Natasha Arguello (Member, 2010 - 2012)
Mr. Chad Forrest Boeninger (Member, 2010 - 2012)
Louise Feldmann (Member, 2011 - 2013)
Monica Hagan (Member, 2010 - 2012)
Todd Hines (Ex Officio, 2011 - 2013) - Rep to RUSA Professional Development
Jared Hoppenfeld (Member, 2010-2012)
John Eric Juricek (Member, 2011 - 2013)
Rhonda Kleiman (Member, 2010 - 2012)
Mary Martin (Member, 2011 - 2013)
Lee Pike (Member, 2011 - 2013)
Susan Schreiner (Member, 2011 - 2013)
Sarah Emily Spiegel (Member, 2011 - 2013)
BRASS Education Committee
Established in 1988.
To study and review the educational needs of business reference librarians and other librarians involved in providing business reference services; to explore and encourage the development of curriculum and continuing education programs in the area; to sponsor educational activities in the area; and to promote communication between the profession and library educators.
There shall be at least seven (7) members appointed by the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of BRASS. The BRASS Representative to the RUSA Professional Development Committee serves as an ex-officio (nonvoting) mber.
Terms of Office
Members of the committee will serve for two years and shall be eligible for reappointment for a consecutive two-year term. Terms will be staggered so that continuity will be maintained.
- To assess the educational needs and the continuing education needs of business reference librarians and other business librarians involved in providing business reference service.
- To monitor and foster the curriculum development in business reference and information at graduate library schools.
- To develop appropriate means of communicating its findings to the BRASS membership.
- To develop and/or sponsor educational activities in the area of business reference.
BRASS Education Committee
ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans
Monday, June 26, 2006
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Members present: Celia Ross, chair, Todd Hines [Ex-Officio], Cory Tucker, Kay Ikuta, Van Houlson, Elisabeth Leonard, Penny Scott, and Irene Weiner [recorder].
Guests present: Kevin Connor, Stacey Marien.
Absences: Adele Barsh[excused], Steve Cramer [excused], Kevin Harwell [excused], Violet Le [unexcused], Susan Norrisey [unexcused], Lee Pike [virtual member].
1. Call to order / Volunteer to take minutes
2. Welcome / Introductions / Roster
3. Additions to and approval of agenda
• Approved as is.
4. Approval of Midwinter 2006 minutes
• Approved as is.
a. Publicity task force update (Core Competencies article for
• Core Competencies article will be published in the upcoming issue of RUSQ (Fall ’06). The intent is to publicize the resources and original BRASS developers of each Core Competency guide was given credit within the article. Article was authored by BRASS Education Committee members Kevin Harwell, Elisabeth Leonard, Celia Ross, and Cory Tucker. There is a possibility of publishing an article about the “Best of the Best” in the future.
b. RUSA professional development course on Business 101 and
• Celia reported on her online Business Reference course that was offered in March through RUSA. It was sold out and deemed a success. The first course in this series was the Reference Interview, while this course was the second in the series. A third online RUSA course is now available on Readers’ Advisory. All the courses are built using WebCT.
• Elisabeth Leonard is currently working on a RUSA online professional development course on Marketing. Todd reported that Elisabeth’s class had been approved by the Board, and will be the next online class to be offered in this series.
• Todd also reported that BRASS had originally budgeted revenues of $17,000 from these kinds of online course offerings, but as of this summer, the revenue had already exceeded $22,000. There was some uncertainty over whether this number reflects the income from the preconference, as well.
• Other info from the RUSA Prof. Development committee per Todd: a RUSA online professional development course on Book Reviews might be in the works; ALA is considering whether to support a library staff certification program
• reminder to come to the BRASS dinner on Monday evening.
6. Best of the Best Business Web Sites
a. updates and/or reassignments
• Celia rechecked on members’ assignments.
c. new topics for Best?
• None offered—solicit new committee members in order to expand offerings?
d. creation of a "how to/best practice" guide for Best
•Celia is drafting a guide on how to create and update the “Best of the Best” sites. It will prove most helpful to new, incoming members of the committee. It will also prove to be beneficial to the web manager that posts the lists so that they know when to expect new postings. The new guide will include evaluation criteria as well as a template that can be used to send in changes and updates.
• There is a suggestion to add the current year to each posting, e.g. “Best of the Best Business Web Sites—Marketing 2006,” with the intention of encouraging members to review their sites more often. In addition, we might be able to drum up marketing and more excitement for the site with annual announcements.
• Another suggestion was to add RSS links to each subject category so updates will appear more efficiently.
• In addition, we are thinking of putting in a counter on the pages to determine if they are being used at all.
• Adele continues to do periodic link reviews of the sites to make sure all links are stable.
7. Core Competencies for Business Reference
a. updates and/or reassignments
c. new topics for Core?
• Corey and Penny will create a site for “Hospitality”
• Van Houlson will create a site for “Mergers & Acquisitions”
• Celia will create a site for “Retail”
• In addition, Celia will solicit ideas for new sites from the folks on BRASS-L.
d. creation of a "how to/best practice" guide for Core
• See above
8. 2007 Seattle Business Librarianship 101 preconference
a. general discussion and updates
• Those committee members that sign up to work on the preconference will get to attend for free.
• The section on licensing & marketing will no longer be included. Feedback from previous offerings indicated that more time should be spent on the Reference and Collection Development portions of the preconference.
• The section on business reference sources will be taught by Mark Andersen of the Chicago Public Library (Irwin Faye has retired from CPL).
• The section on collection development will be taught by BobRay Bordelon.
• More web based resources will be covered. Folks who attended this preconference in the past requested more web resources as well as more opportunities for a hands-on approach.
• The program will be located in the Seattle convention center. It will be easier for attendees to find lunch quickly.
•There was some discussion about obtaining product placement/ vendor links. Vendors might be interested in providing trials for the databases so that they can be demonstrated to the group.
b. preconference working group break out after Adjournment of
Ed. meeting (Celia, Van, and Kevin (via phone) and any other interested [Penny])
•See Working Group notes below.
9. Old Business
a. promotion ideas from Summer 2005: "Other ideas for promoting
the BB and CC websites were discussed-through local and regional
library groups, BRASS membership committee"
• We discussed a series of marketing ideas to create more interest in these sites. The ideas included:
• reaching out to other journals such as LIS Careers and InfoTrends
• contacting library schools, job centers, career counselors, small business outreach groups associated with public libraries, non-library sources.
• sending out e-mail messages to appropriate subject faculty in our own institutions.
10. New Business/Any other business?
11. Adjournment & Break out of preconference working group
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
Notes from Business Librarianship 101 Preconference Planning Working Group
Attending: Kevin Harwell (via cell phone, yay!), Van Houlson, Celia Ross, Penny Scott
- We called Kevin, and got to work. Penny took notes.
- The members of the preconference planning committee are: Kevin Harwell, Van Houlson, Celia Ross and Penny Scott.
- Preconference agenda:
- Mark Anderson (Reference) and Bobray Bordelon (Collection Development) will speak, and the two of them met on June 25 to coordinate their presentations. Celia plans to follow up with Mark with any questions he has.
- Emcee will be Kevin Harwell, Celia Ross will introduce the day, Ryan Womack (if he agrees) will give opening remarks.
- Lunch: We’d like to have discussion/interest groups. Several ideas for how to facilitate this came up:
i. Have a section on the registration form asking for information on folks’ interests so that we can match them up
ii. We will have BRASS members take groups to lunch, these would be called “amBRASSadors!” J
iii. We’ll get a local person to give us a list of restaurants near where the preconference will be held, so that we can distribute the list to attendees—Van and Kevin were going to check with local contacts.
iv. We’ll contact restaurants in advance to let them know that groups may be coming in that day.
v. Celia will ask Eileen Hardy for details on where preconference will be held.
4. Timeline/Forms to fill out/Details on time and location:
- We need to set deadlines for the tasks involved in organizing the preconference.
i. We need to find out if there is a date already set by the publications committee (or whoever deals with printing preconference materials) for getting our handouts to them
ii. We need to create a blurb on the preconference for publicizing, and must create bios for Mark and Bobray and set deadlines for them on turning in material.
iii. We need to confirm whether there is a S & P subsidy for our preconference, and how much it is. And what we want to do with it! If it is $6000.00, we are thinking of using some of it to subsidize registration fees for BRASS/RUSA members, and also to offer refreshments during the event if possible.
- Need to look into how to set up food if we have $ available.
- Marketing Ideas:
- Seattle-area listservs—can be used closer to Midwinter
- Other listservs: BUSLIB-L, SLA-BF, BRASS-L, NEWLIB-L, NMRT-L, CALIX, other area listservs.—We will try to send out something soon to BUSLIB-L and other large listservs so that people planning ahead for Midwinter can schedule in the extra day.
- Other thoughts:
- Discounts for registration: RUSA/BRASS members, and offer the option to join RUSA/BRASS at the time of registration to receive the discount.
- Also considering a student/unemployed discount.
BRASS Education Committee
ALA Annual Conference—Chicago, IL
Palmer House, LaSalle 4
Sunday, June 26th, 2005
Committee members present: Ann Fiegen, Cal State San Marcos, chair, Adele Barsh, Carnegie Mellon, Beth Paskoff, Louisiana State U, Celia Ross, DePaul U., recording, Corey Tucker, UNLV, Qi (Kerry) Wu, U of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, Elisabeth Leonard, UCSD, Steven Cramer, U of North Carolina/Greensboro, Susan Neumann--ex officio
Guests: Irene Weiner – incoming member, Curley C. Jones – Univ. of Utah, Irwin Faye
Absenses: Paul Arrigo -- excused
Appointed virtua: Doug Highsmith, Lee Pike, Kevin Harwell-virtual for annual meetings
- Call to order
- Agenda approved with no changes/additions
- Midwinter 2005 minutes approved with no changes/additions
- Preconference Report
i. Ann reported that Business Librarianship 101 has surpassed its original capacity and estimated that 101 people were present, including approximately 93 attendees, about half from public libraries and half from academic with a handful of special libraries as well, wwenty or more indicated they were new librarians.
Thanks from Ann were given to all, especially to speakers Irwin Faye, Becky Albitz, Bobray Bordelon, David Flynn. Also to RUSA’s Eileen Hardy who assisted all day and to the Palmer House staff who made the day move seamlessly. The next Business Librarianship 101 pre-conference is tentatively considered for Midwinter ’07 in Seattle. Irwin noted that he wished that he had had time to cover the list of 50 questions/answers that were part of his presentation and that perhaps 2.5 hours would be a better amount of time for his portion of the pre-conference.
- General Web Site discussion
- Adele gave an update on the previous Midwinter discussion to crosslink between the Best of the Best sites and Core Competencies. She noted that all Best and Core pages that navigate away from ALA pages open in new windows now. This helps prevent visitors from navigating away from our pages. Adele added a link check which she plans to run periodically and then send updates to those responsible for the particular pages affected. This will serve as a nice reminder for everyone to continue to monitor and maintain their respective sites on a more timely basis. Adele noted and the group concurred that URL’s on the ALA site are too long. This is a known issue as far as we understand and the committee hopes that it is being addressed by the web company in charge of the ALA site design, it was also noted that there has been an improvement from a few years ago. The group expressed thanks to Adele for her work on this and also to Karen Chapman for her diligent work on behalf of the committee.
- Accounting and Taxation Core Competencies from Ann is officially up on the site.
- The group agreed that the new logos look great and thanked Steve for his work on getting those implemented. It was noted that the Best of the Best logo gets washed out when projected on a large screen due to its yellow text. It shows up fine on a monitor, but Steve will check with Karen to see if it would be something easy to rectify.
- Core Competencies for Business Reference &
- Best of the Best Business Web Sites (combined 7 & 8 agenda items in minutes)
- Celia mentioned that it would be great to have some sort of template for making changes or additions to the CC or to the BB sites. This would help streamline the updating process and make section maintenance more manageable. Adele offered to draft a template and will plan to send it out with a forthcoming dead link report.
- Ann mentioned that she received an e-mail noting that there was no section covering M&A deals on the BB or CC sites and offering to assist. Celia offered to follow up with this person and will get the contact info from Ann.
- Known web pages that will need new maintainers are Accounting & Taxation CC, Knowledge management BB, Banking BB and CC. Celia will look at what’s open across both of BB and CC and contact incoming 06-07 committee members for takers.
- Old Business
- Publicity Task Force report:
i. Corey reported on the status of the group’s midwinter discussion of publishing some of the CC or BB sections as articles (publicity task force). He took the idea to the RUSA Publications Committee who loved the idea. Some issues that could result in delay of publication though, include a change of editor for RUSQ, and no available space for the upcoming year. Publications Committee suggested as an alternative to consider publishing an occasional paper. Discussion raised that an Occasional Paper could be in print faster, and could be used as a supplementary reading for library school students. One disadvantage is that it would go out of print sooner. A question arose whether ALA could reprint or sell the rights to another publisher.
ii. Other ideas for publishing some of the CC or BB sections as articles included possibly a sidebar in Library Journal in their Best of Business Reference titles issue or as a sidebar in RUSQ.
iii. Agreed that original creators of the BB and CC sites would be contacted for possible co-authorship or “first refusal”, and that they would receive proper credit for original creation.
iv. We all agreed that the main purpose of publishing these articles would be to promote the BRASS BB and CC websites.
v. Celia passed around print copies of a draft bibliography she pulled together of monographs and articles that touch upon business which could be considered similar to what the Education Committee is trying to develop with their articles.
vi. Ann summarized the discussion that the Committee’s first desire would still be a series of articles in RUSQ; that because of feedback from Publications Committee and that he delay could be over two years she would bring a proposal for a RUSA occasional paper to Exec and Celia noted that the Education Committee would continue to explore other outlets with an aim towards having something definitively decided upon and possibly underway before Midwinter ’06.
- Other ideas for promoting the BB and CC websites were discussed—through local and regional library groups, BRASS membership committee
10. New Business
- Web course: Business 101
i. The Professional Development committee is looking to develop web-based courses to reach out to remote ALA and non-ALA users.
- This is an idea that naturally meshes with BRASS Education and an email requesting proposals for a class like this was sent out by the Prof. Dev. Committee to members of the Pre-conference Task force and the Education committee. Celia has submitted a proposal which will be reviewed by the Professional Development committee. However, it was restated that this web-based course idea is independent of a BRASS Education committee responsibility, just a possible opportunity for anyone interested in submitting a proposal and developing a class.
- RUSA Web Policy guidelines
i. The committee reviewed a proposal from a RUSA task force on web policies sent out before the conference and provided some feedback on the proposal. Committee member Paul Arrigo supplied feedback via email to Ann prior to the meeting which was forward to the BRASS Chair. The proposal was reviewed by RUSA Board of Directors at their meetings. Concern expressed that languages such as “Reasonable effort will be made to…” instead of “RUSA will…” Other suggestions to improve the BRASS web site from Steve were that the BRASS site should directly link to a list of all of the BRASS committees which the top level page currently does not do.
- Ann said that she would bring specific feedback from BRASS Education on the web guidelines to Exec. Corey said that he would pass along what suggestions he could to BRASS Publications Committee.
- Before adjourning the meeting, Ann said her goodbyes and thank-you’s to the committee and we all wished her well and thanked her for her work as Chair. Incoming new Chair will be Celia Ross.
- Meeting was adjourned at approximately 3:45pm