The Business Library is located in room 150 of the Maguire Building. The mission of the Business Library is to provide the SMU community with authoritative business information, regardless of format; support the integration of information and technology into the curriculum; and act as a center for research and development for state-of-the-art information technology applications in the business education field. In support of this mission, students, faculty and staff have access to course-specific in-class instruction sessions, open enrollment research workshops and reference assistance from dedicated business librarians to enhance their use of current business news and financial, industry and market data from premier providers.
The Business Library offers the SMU community both quiet and group study areas; individual and group computer areas consisting of 70 computer workstations; a multimedia studio; a group presentation practice room; a periodicals area; facility-wide wireless access; with 480 electronic research databases; and a variety of print resources, including the Edwin L. Cox Business Leadership Center Resource Collection, the Cary M. Maguire Energy Institute Resource Collection and the Career Management Center Library. Librarians are available all hours that the Business Library is open, providing library services in person and virtually via e-mail and telephone.
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Business Library Annual Reports
The Business Library presents the STAR (Super Teacher Advocating Research) Award to faculty who ensure that their course(s) include opportunities for their students to apply research skills during their learning. The selected faculty work closely with the business librarians while developing assignments and determining the best way for the research knowledge to be conveyed and assessed. It is generally awarded to one faculty member each year at the Cox Fall Faculty Retreat.
The STAR Award was created during the 2013-14 academic year, which was declared the Year of the Faculty as part of the SMU Centennial celebration. The Center for Teaching Excellence held an event called Sparks! Teaching Awards and Celebration and encouraged departments to recognize faculty for specific skills. The Business Library submitted the names of two faculty for this recognition. Based on the positive response we received from those recipients, it was decided to make the award an annual occurrence starting in 2016.
STAR Award Winners
Don Shelly, Lecturer, Department of Finance
Teaches Portfolio Theory classes for BBA and Cox Graduate students, which require effective use of databases such as Bloomberg in order to select holdings for the Ann Rife Cox and Nancy Chambers Underwood Endowment Funds. Don consults the librarians regularly concerning optimal use of the financial databases.
Simon Mak, Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship
Teaches Entrepreneurship classes in which students learn to use a variety of sources to assess ideas and create viable business plans. Simon assists in the format and upkeep of the Entrepreneurship Research Guide to ensure it is relevant for student learning.
Julian Kolev, Assistant Professor of Strategy
Teaches capstone Strategy classes in which students, in his words, “undertake a research project covering an industry (as a group) and a publicly-traded company (as individuals), focusing on using the tools of strategy to analyze the competitive setting and make specific recommendations to improve performance. To do so, students will need to be able to access a wide range of Business Library data sources, using them to support their arguments while including proper citations in their papers and presentations.” This statement captures the three main information literacy objectives: access/use; analyze to support arguments; cite properly.
Neil Bhattacharya, Associate Professor of Accounting
Neil has been a frequent collaborator with the Business Library. In years past, the MBA ACCT 6210 class received joint instruction by Neil and a business librarian on applying the WRDS database to their studies. Most recently, while teaching BBA ACCT 5317, Neil saw the quality of assignments being turned in was lacking. He reached out to the Business Library to conduct a research presentation and saw marked improvement the following term.
Marci Armstrong, Brierley Endowed Professor of Marketing
Even when Marci was an administrator who only taught one class at a time, she ensured that her graduate students used library resources when researching their company and industry by requesting a curated list of databases for their assignment. When she added MKTG 3342 to her schedule this year, she immediately contacted the business librarians to work with her on developing the class project. This ensured that the students received the information needed for doing market research in general as well as for the specific course project. She actively participated during the library presentation for the class, demonstrating the importance of these resources and doing quality research.
Access to the Business Library
- Access and services are provided to the SMU community: faculty, staff, students and alumni.
- The library makes available book collections, study seating, and access to computers on a generous schedule to accommodate student needs.
- Each student must present a valid SMU ID to the front desk attendant in order to use a computer station, to check out items or to use reserve materials.
- Study rooms are reserved online.
- Please direct requests and questions to a Business Library staff member for speedy service.
Services and resources available
- Ask a Business Librarian service for requesting information or assistance via email or phone.
- Detailed training sessions that provide the tools to conduct successful research on companies, industries, markets, financial information, international business, job searching, and on the use of specific resources including Bloomberg. Follow the Workshops link to read descriptions and sign up for sessions.
- Email alerts with tips on using the databases effectively to perform research and reminders of training opportunities.
- Individual reference appointments with a librarian for assisting students with information / research needs.
- Course Reserve materials including books, reports and other physical items are processed for faculty and kept at the service desk for student access.
- Classroom instruction and topical guides, constructed in cooperation with faculty, are provided to orient students to course-related databases and to guide successful research for specific assignments.
- Tours of the Business Library for groups and individuals.