Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian

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Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian. By Barbara A. Alvarez. Chicago: ALA, 2016. 120 p. Paper $40 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1474-8).

New public librarians will get a solid return on their investment with Barbara A. Alvarez's new release, Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian. Alvarez offers libraries a step-by-step guide to make business services in public libraries a success. As Alvarez points out, not all public librarians have business degrees, and providing business services in public libraries can be daunting to those new to the profession. Luckily, this primer by Alvarez, who served as a business liaison librarian, gives the rest of us a guide for serving as an embedded librarian for the business sector through organized and systematic involvement in the community.

In her work, Alvarez defines and explains embedded business librarianship in terms of knowing the library's business community, understanding the power of networking, bringing the business back to the library, and serving as a liaison to the business community. …

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