Teaching Business Information Literacy (Paperback)
Business is currently one of the most popular degree programs among both graduate and undergraduate students, and non-business programs including engineering, design, and pure sciences—all interested in innovation, commercialization, and marketing—are increasingly integrating business training into their curriculum in the name of interdisciplinarity and improved job placement. There is a sustained and growing need for libraries to effectively support business information literacy.
At the same time, the resources, research techniques, and assignments that business students need to master often have little in common with a traditional research paper. Teaching Business Information Literacy provides guidance to new business specialists, generalists, and subject librarians in other disciplines being asked to teach business research classes for the first time. Featuring more than 40 practical, classroom-proven lesson plans for one-shot, embedded, and credit-bearing library classes, it’s divided into nine sections:
- Basic Business Research
- Finance and Accounting
- Specialty Subjects
- Data Literacy/Data Visualization
- Experiential Learning/Career
- Using Technology in the Classroom
Chapters cover such crucial topics as competitive intelligence, market research, financial analysis, ethics, intellectual property, accounting and auditing, supply chain management, job searching, and more. Each one guides you through the background of the topic and activity being taught, pre-class planning and preparation, a step-by-step lesson plan, how to adapt the activity for other institutional contexts, and learning outcomes. Additional supporting materials such as slide decks, worksheets, and game boards are freely available in the ACRL Sandbox (sandbox.acrl.org) and findable with the tag “#bizinfolit.”
About the Author
Genifer Snipes is the Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian at the University of Oregon. She holds an MSLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University. Her work focuses on entrepreneurial and innovation education, data literacy, and business information literacy instruction. She has published and presented at national and international conferences on topics including open education resources, business information literacy, and entrepreneurial outreach.
Marlinda Karo, MLIS, MLOS has over 18 years of librarianship experience working in various types of libraries and holds a second master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies. She is currently a Collection Services Librarian at Houston Community College where she manages the procurement process for library materials by ordering, receiving, and managing fund accounting for print and non-print library materials. When she teaches library instruction and webinars she is known for having an infectious and interactive teaching style that encourages student and faculty participation and enthusiasm while facilitating learning.
Lauren Reiter is Business Liaison Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University and earned her MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to entering the library profession, she honed business research skills as Corporate Analyst at The Freedonia Group and now enjoys teaching business information literacy to students who will apply these skills in their studies and future workplace. She has published and presented on topics such as financial literacy, research consultations, and data, and co-edited the book Envisioning the Future of Reference: Trends, Reflections and Innovations (Libraries Unlimited, 2020). Her professional service includes roles as section chair and secretary of the Business Reference and Services Section of the Reference and User Services Association.
Ash E. Faulkner earned her MBA and MLIS at Kent State University. She has served as a business or data librarian in a variety of university settings over the past eight years. She is currently the Business Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. She has experience teaching business information literacy in both large and small classrooms and workshop settings. She has published and presented at national conferences on the topics of business information literacy, financial literacy, outreach and library support to entrepreneurs.