CANCELLED: On Becoming Entrepreneurial: A Blueprint for Academic Library Support to Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Sunday, June 30, 2013 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

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Hall A, Exhibit Floor
Author: Martha Preddie, Chief University Librarian, University of Trinidad and Tobago

Founded in 2004, the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) is the first entrepreneurial university in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. To assist UTT in achieving its mission, the University Library System needs to provide services similar to those offered by libraries in business schools.

Strategic initiatives, which UTT Libraries can engage in to support the University’s entrepreneurial mission, were highlighted from literature on library support at entrepreneurial universities, and at business schools with entrepreneurial programmes. These initiatives include the revising of the Libraries’ mission, the provision of support through business focused information resources, the restructuring of the Libraries’ information literacy programme, and the development of revenue generating and community outreach activities.

Results from a series of semi-structured interviews will be analyzed and discussed. These were conducted with persons who are involved in the delivery of entrepreneurial courses and the promotion of innovative, commercial endeavours at the UTT. These interviews were aimed at determining the library support needs of such faculty. The findings of this study will be compared with the suggested initiatives arising from the literature review. The outcome of this process will be the development of an entrepreneurial support plan for the UTT Libraries. This plan could serve as a model for other Caribbean academic libraries that may be aspiring to support their institutions’ entrepreneurial endeavours.

The findings of the study and key elements of the proposed plan will be presented through narrative text, colourful graphs and charts.

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