Business Liaison Librarian

Mark Bodnar
Undergraduate Business Librarian
Phone: 778.782.3044
Blog: BUEC Buzz
Site: Business Administration Resources

1. Research assistance
2. Instruction and course web guides
3. Collections (books, journals, and databases)
4. Library policy/procedure questions

1. Research assistance

Having trouble deciding which database to search or how to use the Library's various research tools efficiently? Not sure where to start with your research or need help tracking down one specific item? I'm always willing to help.

If you email me with your research question, please be sure to include as many of the following details as possible/applicable:

  • course number and name;
  • assignment due date;
  • specific information that you need;
  • where and how you have searched thus far; and
  • what relevant information you have found thus far.

Note that although I try to answer all questions within a couple business days, I can't always promise a fast response time. If you have a tight deadline, you should use the SFU Library's chat, email, phone, and in-person Ask Us services.


2. Instruction and course web guides

I work with many business classes that have assignments involving research. My assistance with these classes ranges from hands-on sessions in the SFU Library's instruction labs, to short presentations as part of the regular class lectures, to course web guides listing key resources, tools, and skills specifically relevant to the course assignment.

My presentations and classes generally cover research skills such as research strategies, evaluating information, analysing topics for concepts & synonyms, and brainstorming to cover all possible perspectives of a topic. I also work with students on efficient use of research tools ranging from Business Source Complete to WRDS and Passport.

If you are instructing a business class that has a research component and would like to discuss ways in which I could assist you, please send me an email as early as possible in your planning process. The minimum advance notice that I need for most presentations and new web guides is 2 weeks, but the more warning you can give me, the better! I'll need to know...

  • the course number and name;
  • the assignment the students will be working on;
  • any specific concerns you have about your students' research skills and knowledge; and
  • the approximate number of students in the class.

We can then discuss whether a web guide, a presentation, a hands-on class, or some combination of these approaches will work best for your class.


3. Collections (books, journals, and databases)

I'm always pleased to receive suggestions of business books that could be purchased for the SFU Library collection. Please feel free to email the details (title, author, where you heard about it...) to me anytime. If you are suggesting a book in another subject area, you may want to contact one of the other liaison librarians.

Faculty members who would like the Library to start a new subscription to a journal or a database should send the details to me and to the Library Representative for the Beedie School of Business, Geoffrey Poitras. The faculty's Library Representative and I will gather information on the cost, format, and availability of your suggested subscription, then we will contact you to discuss possible funding strategies such as cancelling existing subscriptions of equivalent value in your subject area.


4. Library policy/procedure questions

If you have questions about SFU Library policies and procedures and aren't sure who to ask, start with me. If I can't answer your question myself, I'll find out who can.