Business libraries are special in their own way. They offer a unique set of services which differentiate them from other academic libraries. On the collection front, in addition to scholarly journals and books, business libraries provide for access to data (economic, corporate, social, etc.), news, regulations, reports and analysis to its specialist and demanding user community. The collections of business libraries cover subjects that are as varied as in a public library and include business studies, entrepreneurship, social sciences, philosophy, psychology, literature, pure and applied sciences, urban planning, health, education, history, and so on. The user community is diverse and varied and includes faculty, students, researchers, academic/teaching assistants, startup entrepreneurs, consultants, corporate executives, alumni, and so on.
The changes in the ecosystem of business libraries have been quite dramatic and fast paced in the last decade. Business and management education is itself undergoing several changes, emerging economies are evolving into large markets for businesses, ecommerce is penetrating untapped markets around the world, and technology developments are not only impacting consumer behavior but also leading the way to innovate new business models. These changes have led to the demand for information that is nascent, instant, pinpointed and relevant in addition to being available in an uninterrupted, integrated and seamless manner. It is in this context business libraries are evolving to innovate, strategize and render user centric information services.
The objective of this proposed conference is to understand how business libraries are shaping themselves and preparing for the future. It will provide an opportunity for the business library professionals across the world to share their experiences, ideas, research and knowledge for mutual benefit. The conference is an attempt to provide a platform to address issues relating to the emerging trends that are reshaping business libraries.