The Boston Library Consortium actively supports professional development and training opportunities for our member libraries. Member events are open only to staff at BLC member libraries, unless otherwise indicated.

Please contact us if you wish to collaborate with the BLC on a future event or program.

An archive of the BLC's past events is available here.

Upcoming Events

December 10, 2021
Webinar

This active learning workshop will consider the scenario of a New England-area entrepreneur opening a business for a local market.Participants will cover four common research needs of entrepreneurs:•industry identification and analysis, •market identification and sizing, •competitive intelligence, and •financial benchmarking. The workshop will focus on free resources, including annual Census demographic and industry data, but will also incorporate a few well-known commercial databases such as DataAxle and SimplyAnalytics.

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About the Presenter:

Steve Cramer is the entrepreneurship librarian for UNC Greensboro, an urban, social mobility campus at which social entrepreneurship and cross-campus (ex. arts) entrepreneurship are particularly popular. He also serves as a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship Education and a co-chair of the Entrepreneurship and Libraries Conference.

 

 

 

 

About the BLC Business Librarianship Speaker Series:

The Business Series is organized by Business COI member Alison Messier (UMass Amherst) and Co-Chairs Edward Junhao Lim (UConn) and Wendy Pothier (UNH), with financial support from the BLC Innovation Fund. To see the full list of presenters and topics, visit the Series webpage.

January 28, 2022
Webinar

In this workshop, Jennifer will introduce you to New England-specific sources in the public domain from the federal government, open access from states, and a few commercially available data sources. Make sure you are using a laptop or workstation, so you can apply search strategies and customize the handouts for your community. By the end of our time, you will be going beyond the Census to describe your community'sbusiness environment or help your entrepreneurs and researchers.

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About the Presenter:

Jennifer Boettcher is the Business Reference Librarian at Georgetown University since 1997. She was formerly Business Librarian at Texas A&M University and Head of Reference at the National SBDC Center Research Network. She got her BA in Art History degree at UNH-Durham, MLS at SUNY-Albany, and MBA at Georgetown. Her research focuses on open data from government sources and industry research. She co-authored, with Leonard Gaines, Industry Research Using the Economic Census: How to Find It, How to Use It (Greenwood Press, 2004) and has written widely on the NAICS classification system and OpenData.

 

About the BLC Business Librarianship Speaker Series:

The Business Series is organized by Business COI member Alison Messier (UMass Amherst) and Co-Chairs Edward Junhao Lim (UConn) and Wendy Pothier (UNH), with financial support from the BLC Innovation Fund. To see the full list of presenters and topics, visit the Series webpage.