Business Librarianship: An Introduction to Resources, Concepts and Services: Summer 2011


Ruth A. Pagell


University of Hawaii



Librarians and information specialists in most libraries as well as in their personal lives face business-related information needs. It is not a lack of resources that is challenging but a glut of ever-changing internet and commercial sources, many of which are irrelevant or inaccurate. By the end of this course, students will understand common business language and concepts and be able to link the terminology to information resources that will meet the needs of users in different service settings.

The goal of this course is to give students hands-on experience using basic information tools of business and introduce them to the language of business as it relates to the resources for business research. Emphasis is on understanding underlying business concepts, recognizing the types of resources needed to answer business questions effectively, using some of the main information sources available from both the internet and commercial databases and gaining an understanding of business librarianship in a variety of settings through guest discussions.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

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