The Business Librarians Association acts as a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas. We facilitate networking opportunities, co-operation and participation in joint activities.
The BLA maintains a collection of resources created by and for our members. This includes the Business Librarian’s Toolkit, a list of databases subscribed to by our members, and presentations from all of our events.
Each year BLA holds a three-day conference hosted by a member institution. The conference consists of keynote speakers and presentations by members together with excellent food and drink. Each year a different theme is adopted and explored throughout the event. The BLA also holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) during the conference and the meeting is valued as an opportunity for members to engage with and hear from the Committee.
The BLA committee organises and subsidises training events for members on topics of agreed mutual interest. In the last few years these have included: the popular Jargon Busting training, led by finance and accounting lecturer Matt Davies of Aston Business School; and training days on market research and financial databases.
LIS-Business is the lively mailing list of the BLA. It provides a forum for discussion between organised events. Members principally use the list to seek advice from colleagues and share their experience.
Full membership of the Business Librarians Association is open to any institutions that offer courses in Management education at Masters level or above. Library staff engaged in the provision of business information at our member institutions are encouraged to contribute to the group.
Associate membership is open to institutions that offer courses in Management education up to Bachelors level and to National and Public libraries with Business and IP Centres.
The annual membership fee for any institution is £50.
More information on joining our Association and a link to the application form can be found on the Institution Membership page.
We are already Members, how do we get involved?
To be added to LIS-Business, our lively mailing list, and to receive a login for the Members’ Only area of this website Please contact our Membership Secretary to be added to our mailing list. Please click the “ABOUT US” on the top menu for the contact information.
Where was last years conference held?
The 2019 conference was organised by York St John University and University of Huddersfield with a theme of Inclusivity and Diversity.