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is-business is the lively mailing list of the BBSLG.  Members principally use the list to seek advice from colleagues and share their experience. Administrative information about the group is also disseminated via the list. The list is closed to non-members.

New members are automatically added to the list by the membership secretary who also manages the list.

Recent topics for discussion have included:

  • SEDOL masterfile
  • database access
  • printing and photocopying charges
  • the annual conference
  • database supplier problems
  • database offers
  • mergers and acquisitions data
  • news databases

British Business Schools Librarians Group (BBSLG)

I have actually just recently upgraded and sent out a benchmarking study to British Business Schools Librarians Group (BBSLG) member institutions for collecting vital info on their collection solutions as well as the functions of the specific librarians that run them. The study was first dispersed in 2007 so it needs to show really interesting to see how much has actually transformed ever since. One of the most easily digestible outcomes of the study will be a photo of the average BBSLG organization and also the ordinary BBSLG librarian.

Looking especially at the latter, last time around the ordinary BBSLG curator:

Was a legal member of CILIP
Had 23 years experience in collections
Has been in their existing post for 7.6 years
Spent a lot of their time answring ad hoc enquiries, creating and also providing training sessions and also creating individual support products
Used virtually as much time obtaining electronic resources as published
Taken care of and worked out a spending plan
Represented the collection on a training board
Taken pleasure in an adaptable policy when it involved accessing CPD
Was involved in markting and Public Relations tasks
As well as gained in between 27,000 and 32,000 pa
Whereas the typical BBSLG instiution:

supported 278 MBAs, 1720 basics, 66 PhDs as well as 103 academic personnel
provided access to 32,000 organisation and also management books
provided access to 212 printed journals
had 3.5 FTE full-time collection team
had a proportion of 1 FTE collection staff member to 29 academics/79 MBAs
were either screening or making use of the following ‘brand-new’ modern technology one of the most: blogs, openURLresolvers, fed search
were offering extra standalone talks or tutorials than ones integrated into the curriculum
invested the majority of their spending plan on databases
created business area of an integrated College Library, instead of being a standalone collection within a larger University libary service
The major additions to this year’s study are some more social media sites alternatives, as this has actually carried on a touch in the last 2 years (!), to learn how service curators are using Facebook, Twitter and also blog sites as well as especially the ratio of expert and social use. In addition there’s a brand-new an area on just how determined individuals really feel, the degree of support they feel they obtain from their establishment and exactly how challenging their post is.

The objective of the study is to determine the temperature of business librarianship overall in addition to put together some difficult information.

I’ll be uploading top degree (but non-confidential) results right here in mid-July. The full report will be available to BBSLG members via the website.