Tuesday was my last busy day of one-shot instruction this semester, and I’m looking forward to the Kauffman Foundation webinar for entrepreneurship librarians coming up in an hour. We use the Kauffman “FastTrac” workbook at UNCG for the feasibility analysis and business plan classes required of all our ENT majors and minor. So the webinar will hopefully be interesting. I’m trying to write this short post before then.
Emerald’s Reference Services Review recently published a special issue based on the June 2014 BRASS preconference “How Business Librarians Support Entrepreneurs”. Sarah Barbara Watstein (UNC Wilmington) and Eleanor Mitchell (Dickinson College) edited the issue.
There are some very interesting articles in there. In December after classes end, I’ll post a “readings roundup” and discuss some of them.
Sarah Barbara Watstein, Mary G. Scanlon, & Steve Cramer. (2015). “Q/A on teaching credit classes for entrepreneurship research”. Reference Services Review, 43 (3): 480-490. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/RSR-06-2015-0030
The questions Mary and I covered include:
- Describe the targeted for-credit instruction courses that you provide at your respective institutions. Specifics pertaining to pedagogy, design, outcome and assessment would be of interest to our readers. At the same time, help our readers out with some background – what was the context for your decision(s) to proceed in this fashion?
- What factors influenced your decision to proceed on the for-credit class track?
- What feedback or support has business school faculty or administrators provided for the classes?
- Have the classes changed since first offered, and if so, how and why?
- Reflecting on your experience in and out of the classroom – what are the most common information, reference and research needs of today’s entrepreneurs?
- In terms of best practices, how might you advise “newbies” (new academic business librarians, new subject liaisons, etc.) to design instructional services, to meet the needs of today’s student, faculty, community and veteran entrepreneurs?
- How is teaching entrepreneurship research different from teaching other kinds of research/business research?
- Do you use different resources when teaching in our entrepreneurship programs, or do you use the same resources we use with business majors differently?
- Given your experience in the classroom – how are entrepreneurship majors/students different from other types of students?
- What is your perspective on the evolving role of the academic business librarian?
- On entrepreneurship liaison work?
- On business librarianship and entrepreneurial outreach?
- What do you perceive as the challenges of stepping out into this space?
Sarah asked Mary and me to keep the tone informal. We even had a bit of faux-dialogue despite communicating through email. Mary is a buddy though, so we have actually discussed some of these things in person. Her experience and insights are very interesting. Mary just rotated off of chairing BLINC for the last four years. We gave her a hearty cheer last week at a fancy BLINC dinner sponsored by SimplyMap during our state library conference.
Sorry, since this is behind the Emerald paywall, I can’t post the article here, but I’ve blogged about my 530 class a lot already.
Happy Halloween to everyone.