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The basic business library : core resources.
Karp, Rashelle S.
Fourth edition / edited by Rashelle S. Karp ; Bernard S. Schlessinger, associate editor.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
ix, 288 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"An Oryx book."
Reading Level:
1310 Lexile.
Format :


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Z675.B8 B37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Z675.B8 B37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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The fourth edition contains an updated core list of the best current business resources, as well as a collection of new essays on important topics in business librarianship. Entries in the core list provide full bibliographic information, online ordering information, brief descriptions of authority and scope, and brief evaluations of the works' strengths and weaknesses.

The essays cover such topics as:

- Marketing the business library

- Organizing business libraries and information centers

- Acquiring business books

- Developing a business reference collection

- Accessing government documents

- Evaluating online and investment resources

- Assessing the state of business libraries in 2001

This volume will serve as a checklist of essential business reference tools that smaller libraries can use to evaluate their collections, and provides a guide to the best practices for smaller libraries seeking to begin or expand a business reference collection. The collection of essay also makes the book useful for library science courses in business reference.

Author Notes

RASHELLE S. KARP is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Clarion University.

BERNARD S. SCHLESSINGER is Professor Emeritus from the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University in Denton. Recently retired after a 35-year career in information science, he is the author of 125 journal articles, many of them in the area of business, and several books, including the first, second, and third editions of The Basic Business Library: Core Resources and the first and second editions (with June H. Schlessinger) of The Who's Who of Nobel Prize Winners , both published by Oryx Press.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This revised edition reflects the dramatic changes in the world of business reference and resources over the past seven years. Since the last edition, the Internet and online access to information have become more affordable and more pervasive in libraries of all sizes. Part 1, "Core List of Printed Business Reference Sources," has been extensively examined, evaluated, updated, and revised. Titles selected for inclusion--a collection of 210 resources with a 2002 total cost of $65,204.98--reflect the changes in the economy and business culture. Whenever possible less costly alternative titles are mentioned, and there are suggestions for items that could be purchased every two, three, or even five years. Each entry is listed alphabetically by title in the core list and includes title, author, place of publication, publisher, date, cost, publisher URL if available, authority and scope, and short evaluation of the resource's strengths and weaknesses. This list is essential as a checklist for business reference tools. A new, important chapter, "Marketing the Business Library," has been added to part 2, "Business Reference Sources and Services: Essays." The chapter "Continuing Training of the Business Information Professional in the 1990s" was dropped. A bibliographic essay on business libraries replaces the chapter on "Literature of Business Reference and Business Libraries." The other essays were totally revised by expert practitioners. Most have new authors, and the online databases chapter was reviewed by three consultants. Prices for online resources are not included because many factors influence them. In its fourth edition, this book will once again be used as a guide to best practices for small libraries seeking assistance in business reference. Lorna Daniells' Business Information Sources (Univ. of California, 1993), long a standard in business reference, is now very out of date. The Basic Business Library should be used in conjunction with Michael R. Lavin's third edition of Business Information: How to Find It, How to Use It (Oryx, 2001) to complete the business resources picture. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

In this fourth edition, editors Karp and Schlessinger, along with 12 expert practitioners and three online database consultants, update the core list of current print business resources and provide an outstanding chapter entitled, "Online in the Information Age-Access to Business Databases." Last revised in 1994 (Professional Media, LJ 12/94), the core list now includes 210 titles, listed alphabetically. Each entry provides title, author or editor, place of publication, publisher, year, cost, web site (if applicable), authority and scope, and a short evaluation. According to the introduction, the total cost of these resources is $65,204.98, with the "budget conscious resources" list totaling $34,981.98. Joseph P. Grunenwald has written a vital new essay, "Marketing the Business Library," and Barbara A. Huett expanded the timely chapter on "The Best Investment Sources," especially valuable when money markets and CDs are no longer a hedge against inflation even for small investors. A very thorough index completes access to this valuable collection development tool. Michael R. Lavin's third edition of Business Information: How To Find It, How To Use It (Greenwood, 2001) is a complementary resource but not as comprehensive for business reference sources.-Susan Awe, Parish Lib., Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The fourth edition, completely revised, of this checklist of core business reference sources provides a useful tool for smaller libraries to use in evaluating their collections as well as a guide to best practices in developing business reference collections. Part 1, the core list of printed reference sources, arranges entries alphabetically and includes full bibliographic information, online ordering information, a brief description of authority and scope, and a brief evaluation of each work's strengths and weaknesses. Annotations of sources recommended for budget conscious libraries are marked with an asterisk. Entries in the core list provide costs for print versions. Part 2 consists of ten state-of-the art essays on important topics in business reference sources and services. These totally revised essays cover such topics as access to business databases, access to government information, acquiring business books, organizing the business library, marketing the business library, reference in the business area, best investment sources, and core business periodicals. These essays make this work useful for library science students in business reference courses. The index cites pages as well as entry numbers. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; professionals. M. A. Kascus formerly, Newbury College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Part 1 Core List of Printed Business Reference Sourcesp. 1
1 Core Listp. 3
Part 2 Business Reference Sources and Services: Essaysp. 107
3 Online in the Information Age-access to Business Databasesp. 127
Notep. 167
7 The Best Investment Sourcesp. 201
8 Acquisitions and Collection Development in Business Librariesp. 217
9 The Practice of Organization in Business Libraries and Information Centersp. 231
10 Reference in the Business Areap. 247
11 Marketing the Business Libraryp. 259
Indexp. 269
About the Authorsp. 289