Reference and User Services Association

Rachel Holder receives BRASS Student Travel Award

CHICAGO—Rachel Holder, MLS candidate at Indiana University was selected as this year's recipient of the BRASS Student Travel Award sponsored by SimplyAnalytics. The award includes a $1,250 monetary prize given to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel to and attendance at the ALA Annual Conference and a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Preconference "It Takes a Village" focuses on grassroots collaboration

CHICAGO--On Friday, June 22, 2018 – 12:00pm – 4:00pm, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host an all-day Preconference on how to foster discussion, engagement and impact throughout user communities at ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Elizabeth (Beth) German elected as President-Elect of RUSA

CHICAGO—Elizabeth (Beth) German, Service Design Librarian at Texas A&M University was elected as the 2018-2019 President-Elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. German will serve her Presidential term during 2019-2020.

Brearcliffe wins Emerging Technologies Section Achievement Award

CHICAGO—Donna Brearcliffe, Acting Head, Humanities & Social Sciences Section, Researcher & Reference Services Division of the Library of Congress has been selected as the 2018 winner of the Emerging Technologies Section Achievement Award (ETS), administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association.

New Dawn for Libraries: A Conversation with Dr. Carla Hayden

CHICAGO—RUSA President, Chris LeBeau invites all ALA Annual Conference attendees to attend the Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) President’s Program, “New Dawn for Libraries: A Conversation with Dr. Carla Hayden” on Saturday, June 23, 4 – 5:30 PM in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Sue Halpern slated as featured speaker at Andrew Carnegie Medals ceremony

CHICAGO—Sue Halpern, who has written about  butterflies and therapy dogs, as well as solitude and neuroscience, in both her warm and witty creative nonfiction and her incisive novels, is confirmed as the featured speaker for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Ceremony and Reception, which will take place on June 23, 2018, at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Washington Post's Ron Charles wins Louis Shores Award for reviewing

CHICAGO - Ron Charles, Editor of "Book World"at the Washington Post was selected as the 2018 winner for the Louis Shores Award for excellence in reviewing administered by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Kalinowski wins business librarianship travel grant

CHICAGO - Alice Kalinowski, Liaison Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh was selected as the 2018 winner of the BRASS Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award sponsored by Global Financial Data. The grant consists of $1,250 and is awarded to an individual new to the field of academic business librarianship in order to support attendance to the ALA Annual Conference.

Perez named winner of public librarian support award

CHICAGO - Amilcar Perez, Adult Services Librarian at Forest Park Public Library (IL), was selected as the 2018 winner of the BRASS Public Librarian Support Award sponsored by Morningstar. The award consists of  $1,250 to assist with travel expenses to ALA Annual Conference for a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service.

Pitts-Noggle wins business reference research grant

CHICAGO-Stephanie Pitts-Noggle, Business Specialist Librarian at Champaign Public Library (IL) was selected as the 2018 winner of the BRASS Research Grant Award sponsored by Emerald Publishing. The grant, awarded to an individual or team, consists of $5,000 to conduct research in business librarianship.