Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities Award


  • The recipient must be a business librarian or a library that has created an innovative service for a minority business community, or be recognized by that community as an outstanding service provider. Minority Business is defined as Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, or People from the Indian Subcontinent, as classified by the U.S. Government for minority owned businesses.

  • The award will be based on the library or librarian's impact on the community.

  • The award recipient must be present at the ALA Conference to receive the award at the primary award ceremony.

  • The award recipient does not have to be a member of ALA, RUSA, or BRASS.

  • In the event that a suitable recipient is not identified, the award will not be presented that year.

Nomination of Candidates

Applications for nominations are to be made in writing to the Chair of the committee, stating in detail the contributions of the individual or library. Nominations should:

  • Explain the services provided or projects completed
  • Identify the business community served
  • Outline the impact on the community served
  • Include a) printed copies of materials or b) URLs that identify the scope of the project or c) any other materials that identify the scope of the service or project.

Statements are due to the Chair by December 15 or the due date as specified of other ALA awards that year.

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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 and/or Type of Award

  • Cash award of $2,000. Up to $1,000 of the $2,000 award may be used to cover cost for one representative to attend and receive the award at 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.

Heidi E.K. Senior (Chair, 2010-2011)
Reference/Instruction Librarian
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203-5798
Work: (503)943-8037
Fax: (503)943-7491
Email: senior@up.edu