This poster presentation was delivered at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) annual conference in Cleveland, OH in June 2019. Here is a citation for a journal article about this project: Phillips, M., Howard, H., Valeer, A., & Hubbard, D.E. (2019). Mapping industry standards and integration opportunities in business management curricula. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship 24(1-2) 17-29.


Industry standards have a significant impact on business as a means to eliminate waste, reduce costs, market products (e.g., for quality, safety, interoperability) and lessen liability (Thompson, 2011). Consequently, an understanding and the ability to use standards, agreed upon practices among interested or vested parties, is a critical workplace competency for those engaged in business and industry. To have a workforce competent in the use of standards, higher education curricula must be developed to integrate standards education at appropriate points within the curriculum. Despite the importance of standards, they are not universally integrated into the college and university curricula. Given the widespread use of standards in business and industry, a study was undertaken by four academic librarians to explore the use and potential integration of standards in undergraduate business management curricula.


business education, higher education, academic libraries, technical standards, curriculum mapping

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