chapter  8
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Collaboration in Business Libraries: Careers and Entrepreneurship

Universities and colleges are experiencing increasing pressure from students and other stakeholders to demonstrate a positive return on investment (ROI). Students expect learning experiences, tools, and services that will help them become gainfully employed after graduation. As noted by Sokoloff (2012, p. 16), “We academic business librarians work in a challenging and unique time, where higher education is increasingly perceived as a means to an end, where the job market for our graduates is highly competitive, and where all kinds of business information flows freely online.” At an institutional level, universities are leveraging their unique environments to incubate new business ideas from faculty, students, staff, and their surrounding communities. The concept of the “entrepreneurial university,” encompassing entrepreneurial science, enterprise creation. and social entrepreneurship, is considered critical to universities’ ability to play a role as a larger innovative force in the world (Thorp and Goldstein, 2010). This increased focus on entrepreneurial thinking and its applications is evidenced by the recent growth in entrepreneurship education. Entrepreneurial classes and programs have proliferated, with “more than 2200 classes at over 1600 schools, 277 endowed positions, 44 English language refereed academic journals and over 100 centers” (Katz, 2003, p. 284) in the USA alone.