Posted on June 2, 2008.
Accessing Information — Solving the Unique Learning and Training Needs of Organizations
Corporations need to stay informed and having unlimited access to premium content that is unique to the needs of an individual organization is a trend that is likely to increase rather than
decrease. Corporate universities, the growth in corporate learning divisions and the creation of core competencies are emblematic of the important role information plays in corporate learning and training. Librarians and information professionals, by providing the latest information, have a unique role in guiding corporate learning.
EBSCO Publishing provides premium information resources that support corporate learning and training through the combination of Business Book Review® and Business Source® Corporate. These are resources that are frequently integrated into corporate portals and intranets or used through Learning Management Systems (LMS). The process involves the use of keyword and relevance feedback monitoring techniques along with an XML gateway for direct integration.
Business Book Review®
(BBR) summaries extract the key concepts of the best business books,
enabling executives and managers to quickly and easily keep abreast of
the latest in business intelligence & trends. Following a rigorous
selection process, expertly-written summaries are created for the top
business books published each year. The BBR library offers coverage of
hundreds of books with new summaries added weekly. For each book, BBR
provides written summaries in multiple lengths (300-, 600-, and
4,500-words) as well as audio versions (MP3 format) for many titles.
Business Source® Corporate
is designed to meet the diverse information needs of today’s companies. This database contains full text from nearly 3,000 quality magazines and journals, including sources ranging from general business periodicals to management publications. Additional sources include more than 1,400 country economic reports from EIU, Global Insight, ICON Group International, CountryWatch, etc.; more than 10,000 substantial company profiles; and 5,095 industry reports.
EBSCO provides customized assistance to incorporate content into an organization’s specific learning program, such as:
- Customized mapping of select BBR summaries and relevant articles to corporate learning objectives/competencies
- Targeted reading programs for all levels of leadership
- Continuous mapping of new content to existing learning objectives
- Summaries grouped according to relevant subject areas addressing all aspects of business skills development
Learners can link from the competency map directly into the full text of articles or appropriate book summary. The mapping process integrates learning content into LMS-driven or CLO-created learning objects. Having the content, knowing how it fits into the needs of a specific organization and providing the content from a corporate portal, LMS or easy to use interface, brings the information where it is needed and allows it to have an impact.