Supporting academic
business librarians
across the UK & Ireland

The Business Librarians Association acts as a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas.
We facilitate networking opportunities, co-operation and participation in joint activities.

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What we do

The Business Librarians Association supports business librarians
working in academic libraries across the UK and Ireland.

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    • Who we are

      The Association exists as a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas and to facilitate networking opportunities, co-operation and participation in joint activities.

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    • How we operate

      The Association is run by a committee – which is elected from the membership – who are tasked with organising BLA events and facilitating information sharing and communication between members. The committee meets regularly to discuss and progress projects, initiatives, surveys and reports of benefit to the membership.

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    • When we meet

      The Association meets every year for an annual conference which is organised by the BLA committee in conjunction with hosts from a volunteer member institution. In recent years conferences have taken place in Dublin, Liverpool and Sheffield. Aside from the conference, members also meet at other BLA events such as training courses and meetings on topics of special interest.

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    • Our members

      Membership of the Association is open to institutions in the UK and Ireland that offer courses in management education at Masters level or above. Library staff engaged in the provision of business information at our member institutions are encouraged to contribute to the group.

Membership benefits

Membership of the Business Librarians Association brings great benefits.

  • Resources

    The BLA maintains a collection of resources created by and for our members. This includes the Business Librarian’s Toolkit, a list of databases subscribed to by our members, an archive listing of FTSE100 companies and presentations from all of our events.

  • Annual conference

    Each year BLA holds a three-day conference hosted by a member institution. The conference consists of keynote speakers, presentations by members, breakout workshops and leisure activities, together with excellent food and drink. Each year a different theme is adopted and explored throughout the event; in 2011 we concentrated on the issues of impact and demonstrating value. For 2012 the theme will be internationalisation.

  • Training events

    The BLA committee organises and subsidises training events for members on topics of agreed mutual interest. In the last few years these have included: the popular Jargon Busting training, led by finance and accounting lecturer Matt Davies of Aston Business School; and training days on market research and financial databases.

  • Community

    LIS-Business is the lively mailing list of the BLA. It provides a forum for discussion between organised events. Members principally use the list to seek advice from colleagues and share their experience.

  • The most important reason for being a BLA member is the opportunity it offers you to network with other business librarians, online and in person. Quit reinventing the wheel, join the BLA, get connected and get answers.

    Andy Priestner, Judge Business School

  • As a new business librarian, and the only one at my institution, engaging with the BLA has been invaluable for getting me up to speed quickly and efficiently.

    Emma Harrison, University of South Wales

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The membership fee is £50 per annum.

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