Betty Garrison co-authors two articles in the Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship

Garrison is business research librarian and assistant librarian, and liaison to the Love School of Business.

Betty Garrison, business librarian and liaison to the Love School of Business, has published two articles in the Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship.

“What Librarians Say They Want From Their Professional Associations: A Survey Of Business Librarians” with co-author Steve M. Cramer of UNC-G is available online here.

Betty Garrison, Business Research Librarian and Assistant Librarian

Abstract: “Library organizations exist to provide professional development, networking, and service and presentation opportunities to librarians. Yet membership in many library organizations is declining. A survey of business librarians from all types of libraries provided data on benefits of membership. Respondents identified characteristics of successful organizations as well as reasons for their disappointments. Quality programming and training, networking opportunities, and member engagement were positives while poor communication and a lack of opportunities to get involved were the most common concerns. The article concludes with four recommendations on ways library organizations can remain relevant, useful, and valued by their members.”

Also published in 2020 is the article “Adding Purpose And Value To Organizational Memberships: A Case Study Of Business Librarianship In North Carolina (BLINC)” in the Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship with co-authors Steve M. Cramer of UNC-G and Summer Krstevska of Wake Forest University. It is available online here.

Abstract: “BLINC stands for Business Librarianship in North Carolina. Fourteen public, special, and academic librarians created this group in 2003. In that year, BLINC began its tradition of hosting workshops every three months across the state. Each workshop is free and everyone is invited to attend. The workshops feature peer-mentoring and peer-training on business research resources, services, instruction, programming, outreach, and professional development, with occasional guest speakers. Welcoming new members, networking, and socializing remain core to BLINC’s culture. This case study concludes with a short interview of the current chair of BLINC regarding how COVID-19 is impacting the organization.”

Both articles discuss the value to librarians of professional library organizational membership based on a survey of business librarians, and a case study of a successful business librarians’ professional organization.

The article citations are: Betty Garrison & Steve M. Cramer (2020): What librarians say they want from their professional associations: A survey of business librarians, Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, DOI: 10.1080/08963568.2020.1819746

Steven Cramer, Betty Garrison & Summer Krstevska (2020): Adding purpose and value to organizational memberships: A case study of Business Librarianship in North Carolina (BLINC), Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, DOI: 10.1080/08963568.2020.1827668