46 Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
LibGuides (research guides) on entrepreneurship and related topics
Librarians provide research support and instruction related to market research and patent searching.
However, we do not conduct market research or patent searches as a service.
Literature reviews, impact metrics
Meeting spaces and some software and equipment (3D scanners, 3D printers, cameras, GoPros, green
screens, etc.)
Referrals to local regional innovation centres, campus accelerators, and hosting events
Since our center is in the development stage, our focus is on partnership building and case-by-case
support for individuals and teams.
The Blackstone LaunchPad, an innovation and entrepreneurship resource center founded in April
2016 and located in Syracuse University Libraries Bird Library, is accessible during extended hours,
can be used for ideation workshops, team meetings, co-working, networking events, training sessions,
product launches, and other collaborative activities. It is staffed by an executive director, a program
manager, several interns, and is supported by a network of mentors and subject matter experts. The
business, management, and entrepreneurship librarian holds office hours in the LaunchPad and
receives referrals.
The business and engineering librarians will meet with students/faculty/staff regarding
entrepreneurial research questions in the ways marked above. Patent searching is limited and not
exhaustive. These are not offered specifically for entrepreneurship activities, but are open to anyone at
our university.
The business librarian regularly has reference consultations with community entrepreneurs and
teaches them how to use library resources. The library facilitates in-depth market research by
providing local entrepreneurs with access to the resources, but does not have the manpower to actually
perform the research.
The library provides basic support for “typical” activities such as reference and instruction, as well as
any projects that use the 3D printers in the Creative Studios.
The three business subject specialist librarians offer free advisory consultations for conducting
research related to entrepreneurship projects, most often for faculty and students but potentially also
for public members. Other librarians and programs in our library offer resources and services that
could aid potential entrepreneurs, without targeting that particular audience. For example, our library
offers a series of free workshops covering topics such as copyright and intellectual property, social
media presence, and managing your academic identity/profile.
We do everything listed except patent searching and fee-based consulting, but it isn’t specifically to
support entrepreneurship activities.
We provide consultation appointments as well as training for patent searching and instruction on
how to conduct searches (we do NOT conduct a patent search). In preparation for an appointment,
we are conducting database searches that might be considered secondary market research and in-
depth research.
We teach and provide support for market and industry research. Example searches are used to instruct
people how to search for patents. We create LibGuides for specific topics. We have participated in
the Duke STEAM challenge (consulting, data, meeting space), provide meeting space for student
teams (Bass Connections and other groups), and host events in which students talk about their
innovative research projects. The Ford Library creates displays for competitions and events related to
entrepreneurship and innovation.
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