Information The heart of our offering Free business and intellectual property information on UK & Overseas companies, products and markets Thousands of printed reports, directories & journals and access to over 40 online databases worth £500,000 Impartial information experts guiding you to the information you need – in the Centre elsewhere in the British Library and beyond. Business & IP Information Advice Clinics You can book a 1 hour Information Advice Clinic with one of our experts, who can guide you to the relevant information and discuss your ideas in a confidential setting. Example – You have invented a revolutionary new toothbrush
From reference librarian to business advisor
From Reference Librarian to
Neil Infield – Manager Business & IP Centre
firstname.lastname@example.org - @ninfield (twitter)
training for our
But that wasn’t
We had to
quite a scary
But every day customers came to the
enquiry desk and said…
“I just want to someone in private about my
business idea / invention.
Do you do that?”
The answer was “No, sorry, we are
librarians, not business experts.”
…Not good enough
So we had to train as Business Advisors.
Even scarier stuff for librarians!