Emerald Research Grant Awards

About the Emerald Research Grant Awards This grant is awarded to individuals seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship.

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2012 Winner(s)

Louise Mort Feldmann

Louise Mort Feldmann, business and economics librarian and associate professor at Colorado State University Libraries, will receive the second grant. She intends to research collaborations among academic libraries, public libraries and community organizations in jointly serving the business information needs of their local entrepreneurs. From these findings, she aims to identify best practices in local collaboration among various business information groups. 

Louise’s topic is of great interest to business librarians who serve the needs of entrepreneurs,” said Fleming. “The best practices identified by this study will be very informative to librarians and administrators in public and academic libraries.”


Jennifer Boettcher

ennifer Boettcher, business librarian at Georgetown University

2012 Co-Winner(s)

Heidi E.K. Senior

reference/instruction librarian at University of Portland

With Kerry Wu, for their proposed study of the role librarians play in the academic program review process and teaching faculty’s perception of this role. Their study will specifically focus on business librarians’ involvement in the evaluation and approval of new academic programs (i.e. courses, tracks, graduate degrees or certificates) in business.

”Kerry and Heidi’s study will investigate an area of cooperation between libraries and business schools that has not been studied a great deal,” said Greg Fleming, award committee chair. “The results will be extremely valuable to librarians looking for new ways to establish partnerships with their faculty.”


Kerry Wu

business and economics librarian at Portland State University

Wu with Senior, reference/instruction librarian at University of Portland, won the first of the two grants with their proposed study of the role librarians play in the academic program review process and teaching faculty’s perception of this role. Their study will specifically focus on business librarians’ involvement in the evaluation and approval of new academic programs (i.e. courses, tracks, graduate degrees or certificates) in business