Libraries are becoming very important places for learning and discussion. Furthermore, they are redesigning themselves to create more learning space. Libraries are also using many innovative approaches to serve the changing needs of the users. The same is true for the business libraries and business library professionals. The role of the business librarian is changing and the librarians are upgrading their skills and expertise to stay abreast of the ever-changing library environment. In this profession nobody knows what the future holds but deliberation, discussion and sharing expertise and learning experience with business librarians around the world will definitely help.

In this background, Vikram Sarabhai Library, IIM Ahmedabad and Learning Resource Center, ISB have been organizing the Global Conference on Emerging Trends in Business Librarianship (ETBL) since 2015. The first two conferences were successful and also remembered for many innovations in engaging the participants making them unique LIS events.

The major features of the events included:

  1. The conference was a global event where the stakeholders from top business schools of different countries came and shared their experiences and ideas.
  2. Workshops were an integral part of the conference and different topics included design thinking, negotiation strategies and leadership insight.
  3. Pecha Kucha was used as a format for presentation to make it more interactive and to the point.
  4. Moot Court on Copyright, Celebrity Chat Show and Panel Discussions on various emerging topics were some of the events that were highy successful and appreciated by the partcipants.

This year the conference theme is focussed on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership. This theme has been considered in the emerging global context of increasing interest in startups by the youth and the serious engagement of various governments and industry bodies in nurturing and promoting an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation. At this juncture libraries are keenly looking at supporting information needs of the startups while focusing on the innovation and leadership to sustain such initiatives. It may be very relevant to foucs on these three dimensions of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership for business libraries while reflecting their own need to adopt these three approaches to maken themselves relvant and thrive in the 21st century.


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.

Target Audience

  • Library and Information Science Professionals
  • Knowledge Management Professionals
  • Archivists, Educationists and Policy Makers
  • Information Providers and Vendors
  • Students and teachers of Library and Information Science

ETBL 2015 at a Glance

  1. Eight Keynote speakers from leading business schools and faculty from IIM Ahmedabad
  2. 100 Participants
  3. 31 Technical Presentations
  4. One workshop on Design Thinking
  5. 2 Panel Discussions
  6. 27 Sponsors

ETBL 2016 at a Glance

  1. Eight Keynote speakers from leading business schools and faculty from IIM Ahmedabad and ISB
  2. 70 participants
  3. 15 Technical Presentations
  4. Moot Court on Copyright and Anti-Plagiarism vs Fair and Open Access
  5. Two workshops (1. Negotiation Strategies and 2. Leadership Insights)
  6. 21 Sponsors