Reflecting on Business Research Plus and other blogs
In 2013 Business Research Plus has reached two significant milestones: over 100,000 views for the year and over 250,000 views since it was started in September 2009.
We are taking a break. There will be no new posts until the week beginning 6th January 2014, and limited checking for comments.
This feels like an appropriate time to metaphorically step back and reflect a little. To try and view Business Research Plus objectively, one angle is to review some other blogs of interest to business and management researchers.
There are some blogs based on “online tips from the library”
- Aberconway Library (Cardiff) – good for Datastream tips
- Datapoints from Lippincott Library (Wharton, UPENN) – excellent for Bloomberg tips
- Judge Business Info (Cambridge) – great for social media tips
- Ohio University Business Blog – lots on Passport GMID and a wide range of useful videos
Some of these are specifically on specialist financial databases (Bloomberg, Datastream, Thomson One, WRDS)
Others aim to promote online resources available through the library
There are library blogs about general information literacy and academic libraries in general
Finally, there are blogs authored by academics that have a specific topic
- Corporate Law and Governance
- Leaders We Deserve
- Musings on Markets – thoughts about valuation, corporate finance and the news of the day!
If we look at the most popular posts on Business Research Plus (BRP): risk free rates and CUSIPs would be specialist financial databases, journal ranking is not subject specific (though the BRP posts are), and referencing/EndNote is similar. The posts “How to …” are firmly in the category of online tips based on Manchester resources.
Blogs evolve. We should review the Business Research Plus About page (Broadhurst, 2010) and, if necessary, update it to reflect what we plan to blog about in 2014. Perhaps a resolution for the new year could be to reorganise our categories and improve our tagging. On the other hand, most readers may not use the categories and tags so our effort would be better spent on new posts, or new revisions of old posts.
If you (as a Business Research Plus) reader have any ideas, comments or suggestions, please let us know (just remember to wait until January if you want a prompt response).
Broadhurst, D. (2010) About [Business Research Plus]. Available at: https://bizlib247.wordpress.com/about-2/ (Accessed 23 December 2013)
University of Manchester Library, (2102) ‘Manchester University Library – restructure heralds new library strategy’ SCONUL Focus, 56, p. 62. Available at: http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/20_6.pdf (Accessed 23 December 2013)