by Anne Ashdown, Recruitment Consultant
Arriving at London’s Guildhall last night for the inaugural meeting of ASLIB’s Business Information Community of Practice launch, I could sense a frisson of interest amongst the crowd of information professionals who had gathered to learn more about this new networking group. I wish ASLIB every success in the uptake of interest in this new initiative.
It was a very convivial event, well organised and for me represented my first visit to the City Business Library. Goretti Considine, Head of the CBL had offered the use of the library for the event and gave the first talk of the evening which was an overview of how the CBL has been involved in marketing and engaging with the business community, particularly in these times of little or no budget.
Her talk was informative and once it hit home that they are a FREE resource to any member of the public it dawned on me just how much a valuable resource the CBL is, particularly for the self-employed and SMEs and of particular relevance to me as a Recruiter to the Business Information community, an essential resource for those job seekers who are looking to gain or refresh their business information research skills.
With free access to a range of business research tools including Datamonitor, Mint, EIU etc. it is an ideal opportunity for jobseekers who are looking to upskill their online research skills or maybe those returning to work after a period of absence who need to refresh their skills. As a recruiter, I am often asked by candidates how they can gain experience using research tools when they don’t have a job and therefore access to a range of tools. I will now be pointing them in the direction of the library team at CBL. They also have a Facebook page which is proving a useful marketing tool for their events, http://www.facebook.com/#!/CityBusinessLibrary for anyone interested in exploring their facilities further.