BRASS Awards

Gale Cengage Learning Excellence in Business Librarianship Award
This $3,000 award and citation, sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, is awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship. 

  • Peter Z. McKay, business librarian, University of Florida


Emerald Research Award
This $2,500 cash award, sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing, is for ALA members seeking support in conducting research in business librarianship. 

  • Jason Dewland and Cindy Elliott, University of Arizona


Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award
This $1,250 cash award, sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, is given to a student who is enrolled in an ALA accredited master's degree program, to attend the ALA Annual Conference and to receive a one-year membership in BRASS. The applicant should have demonstrated interest in a career as a business reference librarian. 

  • Sara F. Hess, University of Michigan School of Information



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.

  • Barbara Alvarez, Barrington Area Library (Illinois)


Global Financial Data Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award
This $1,250 award, sponsored by Global Financial Data, goes to a successful librarian who is new to the field of academic business librarianship, in order to support their attendance to the ALA Annual Conference. 

  • Grace Liu, University of Maine


BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites Award
The award recognizes websites highly relevant to information professionals involved in providing business reference services. The criteria include the quality of content, ease of use, and technical execution.