On Thursday members of BLINC (Business Librarianship in North Carolina, a section of NCLA) assembled in downtown Burlington for our winter workshop. This was our first get-together since NCLA’s biennial conference last fall (at which BLINC folks provided more programs than any other section, woohoo!) We intentionally held our last two workshops nearer the edges of our long state: Wilmington at the ocean in May, and Boone in the mountains in August [my preview and summary posts]. Both locations attracted some librarians who usually can’t make the long drive to the center of the state. But being in the middle of the state, Burlington pulled in our more usual attendees who live along the I-40 corridor between Raleigh and Winston-Salem, plus some hardy travellers from other parts of the state, and several new friends. Sara Thynne of Alamance Country Public Libraries was our host.
Our morning focus was training in the Hoovers product (new from NC LIVE) with the full Duns national and international company records. Sara was our lead trainer. We also providing feedback for the successor database serving the public and academic library markets, expected to be released in the spring. Hoovers has contracted Mergent to provide support for Hoovers products for those markets, so Mary Scanlon of WFU, our new chair, invited Mergent reps to attend the training and solicit the feedback from us. Tim Rogers and Jill Morris, two NC LIVE directors, also attended and filled us in on the surprising contractual developments. Sorry, that’s all I should probably write about this!
After lunch we reviewed three new NC LIVE Ebsco databases (Entrepreneurial Studies Source, Small Business Reference Center, & Legal Information Reference Center) and discussed changing our social networking/communication platforms. We have been using a Google Group for a while, but are concerned with the functionality Google has steadily stripped from the Groups.
But the agendas for BLINC workshops don’t reflect one of the best things about our get-togethers: getting caught up with our business librarian friends, and sharing tips, resources, and ideas. That networking begins with the morning carpooling and doesn’t end until we get back home.