BRASS Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award

This annual award sponsored by Morningstar, offers a cash award of $1,250* in travel funds for a public librarian, who has performed outstanding business reference service, and who requires financial assistance, to attend the ALA Annual Conference.
*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson or to Leighann Wood, RUSA awards program coordinator, at


  • The candidate must be a member of ALA. If not a RUSA/BRASS member, the recipient must join RUSA/BRASS upon being selected to receive the award.

  • The recipient shall have a demonstrated interest in providing business reference services. This may be demonstrated by involvement in special projects, creation of a business website, business-related programming, publications, and related activities.

  • The award will be given to a recipient whose conference attendance is not fully funded by their institution.

  • Recipient must be willing to participate in BRASS activities at the ALA Conference for which the award has been made and to write a short statement regarding his or her experience at the conference for publication (e.g. RUSA Update) following the event.


To nominate a librarian, download and complete a nomination form, following the submission instructions therein. Questions  should be directed to the committee chair.

The deadline for nominations is December 14, 2014.

Presentation of the Award

The formal announcement and presentation of the award shall be made at the BRASS Membership Meeting at each ALA Annual Conference.

Form of Award

  • Cash award of $1,250 for travel expenses incurred at the ALA Annual Conference.

  • The recipient of the award will be formally invited by the Chair of BRASS to attend BRASS Executive Committee meetings and other BRASS activities.



Salvatore DiVincenzo, Middle Country Public Library (N.Y.),


Anne MacDonald


Suzanne J. Kaller


Ed Rossman, Adult Services Librarian, Shaker Heights (Ohio) Public Library


Not presented


Elizabeth Malafi


Rachelle Miller


Not presented


Terry Zarsky


Kay Cormier


Bryce Thornton


Sandra G. Rizzo


Lisa Holbrook


Karen Van Drie