33 SPEC Kit 355: Campus-wide Entrepreneurship
Librarian for Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship (formerly Business and Management
Librarian, title changed in 2016, although entrepreneurship support has been ongoing throughout the
years at an estimated 80% percentage of time devoted to entrepreneurship.) Collection Development
and Analysis Librarian (formerly held title of Bibliographer) who oversees the budget for business
research resources. Several interns who work for the Blackstone LaunchPad.
Librarians, staff at reference desks, community engagement librarian
Patents librarian, business librarian
Primarily business librarians provide support for entrepreneurial activities but on occasion referrals
may be made to other subject librarians, such as the engineering librarian for patent searching.
Reference and Information Services staff, including librarians and library assistants
Several of our newer positions support entrepreneurship/entrepreneurs in some way but were not
specifically created for this purpose. These include full-time staff positions at Make Central (hosted in
the Main Library), a GIS librarian, and a data librarian.
Social Science Librarian for Business supports entrepreneurship activities in the School of Business.
Support for entrepreneurship is provided by a team of librarians: the Librarian for Business &
Management, the Librarian for Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Engineering Librarian, the GIS
Librarian, and the Public Health Librarian. A team-based approach works well with the diffuse and
multidisciplinary nature of entrepreneurship on our campus. These librarians contribute essential
subject expertise, and as liaisons, they are able to make connections with entrepreneurship centers and
programs in a variety of schools and departments.
The Business & Economics Librarian for Instruction & Outreach is a mentor at the incubator (the
Polsky Exchange). She holds office hours there to help members define their target markets through
consumer demographics and market research. She also helps them define their competition using
company information and industry analysis.
The business liaison librarian supports the College of Business, including entrepreneurship activities,
and other staff in the library support library facilities for 3D printing and multimedia production,
which have been used for entrepreneurship-focused projects. Liaisons across the Libraries’ provide
research assistance and resources to support the creation of entrepreneurial projects and products
across disciplines as needed.
The business librarian and two engineering liaison librarians have supported entrepreneurship
through their liaison work with their college-affiliated entrepreneurship centers. We do not have a
dedicated position for entrepreneurship.
The business librarian has lead training sessions for the student researchers in the Office of Technology
Commercialization. He has met with students who are participating in entrepreneurial activities.
The business librarian provides assistance as part of her liaison work with the College of Business and
in providing business information/research consultations to the campus community.
The business librarian supports student entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial public patrons. The
business librarian also supports the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.
The business librarians have a long-standing relationship with the Entrepreneurship Center located in
the B-School, offering classes and providing support for various competitions. As entrepreneurship has
exploded on campus we have expanded our support to include the business support staff who create
online tools for use by any entrepreneurship class or program regardless of school.
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