Betty Garrison

Reference/Business Librarian
Carol Grotnes Belk Library 101
2550 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6581

Professional Expertise

Business Research and Statistics


  • M.S., Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • B.A, English, Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina

Employment History

Business Research Librarian, Carol Grotnes Belk Library, Elon University, Elon, NC; 2000-present

Reference / Instructional Librarian, James H. Thomas Library, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC; 1998-2000

Collections Manager.  Dominion Credit Union, Richmond, VA; 1990-1994

Customer Service Connections.  Virginia Power, Richmond, VA; 1980-1990

Courses Taught

Elon 101 (2011-2013)

Business research instruction (single sessions) (2000-present)


NC Career and Technical Education Conference.  "Libraries and NC LIVE: Supporting Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship."  With Jill Morris and Natasha Francois.  Greensboro, NC.  July 17, 2014.

NW Regional Libraries Meeting.  BLINC-NCLIVE Presents "Regional Economic Development Resources" East Bend, NC.  December 4, 2013

North Carolina Library Association Annual Conference.  "How to Write a Business Plan: Researching Industry & Regional Economic Info." Winston-Salem, NC.  October 16, 2013

DCCC Small Business Summit.  "Hoover's from NCLive."  Thomasville, NC.  May 23, 2013.

Cooperative Libraries of Nash & Edgecombe Counties Workshop.  "Business Tools for Non-Business Librarians."  Rocky Mount, NC.  May 9, 2013.

GTCC Small Business Center.  "Library Tools for Entrepreneurs."  Greensboro, NC.  February 11, 2013.

NC Small Business Center.  "Marketing Resources via NCLive."  With Sara Thynne.  Burlington, NC.  January 31, 2013.

Alamance County Chamber of Commerce.  "Knowledge is Power: Information Sources for Alamance Entrepreneurs."  Elon, NC.  July 10, 2012.

Small Business Center Network Regional Meeting.  “Basic Business Research.”  Burlington, NC.  May, 2012.

North Carolina Land Trust Assembly.  "Free or Low Cost Online Tools." With Jill Morris.  Salter Path, NC.  September 12, 2011.

NCTech4Good Annual Conference.  “Professional Research Tools for Nonprofits.” With Jill Morris.  Chapel Hill, NC.  April 15, 2011.

Alamance County Chamber of Commerce.  "Market Research at Your Fingertips."  With Sara Thynne.  Elon, NC.  August 10, 2010.

Alamance County Chamber of Commerce.  "Market Research at Your Fingertips."  With Sara Thynne.  Elon, NC.  December 16, 2009.

Digital Copyright Lunch & Learn.  "Copyright and Use of Images."  With Patrick Rudd.  Elon University.  October, 2009.

Omicron Epsilon / Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororities.  "Everything Google: All the Tips & Tricks."  Elon University.  May, 2008.


Alamance County Chamber of Commerce.  Workshops annually.  (2006-2012)

Professional Activities

Vice-Chair.  Business Librarianship in North Carolina (BLINC), (2013-2015); Founding Member.

Chair.  College and University Section. North Carolina Library Association, 2007 – 2009

Advisor.  Advisor- business resource purchase decisions for NCLive, North Carolina’s statewide online library service

Service Activities

Elon University

Staff Professional Development Committee (2011 – present)

Common Reading Committee (2008-2013)

QEP Committee (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Reaccreditation) (2012-2013)

Intellectual Property Task Force (2009-2010)

Belk Library

Research Instruction Team (2000-present)

Digital marketing team (2009-2011)

Library Liaison to Love School of Business

  • MBA
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Marketing/Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Finance


Professional Development

North Carolina Library Association Leadership Institute (2008)


Martha and Spencer Love School of Business Dean’s Award for Exemplary Service, 2013