Class Gets Intro to Business Sources

Assistant professor Patricia Katopol’s Special Libraries class and other members of the SLIS community got a brief introduction to sources used in business, industry and market research from Business Reference Librarian Kim Bloedel on Thursday, April 15.

Bloedel is a librarian at Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library and one of her main duties is to teach a business literacy course at the UI Tippie College of Business.

After giving students an overview of the business resources they might use at an academic or public library and pointing them to some free web sources, Bloedel talked about her job as a Business Reference Librarian.

“I find what’s going on in special industries, markets for students, faculty,” she said.

However, she said most of her time is spent in the classroom—and most of her reference transactions come out of that experience with students.

“I think reference is going the way of instruction,” she said.

Bloedel recommended reference, searching and management classes for students interested in following a similar career path. She also said she wished she would have taken courses in collection management, government information and knowledge management.

At Iowa, Bloedel says academic reference librarians both publish and get involved in professional development associations. She invited students to attend the spring meeting for the Iowa division of the Special Library Association on Friday, May 14.