Primark Student Travel Award

Christina Prendiville
1999 Award Recipient

Comments, as reported in the July/September 1999 RUSA Update

Discovering the BRASS in New Orleans

As the winner of the Disclosure (now Primark) Student Travel Award, I was also dealing with the humidity of New Orleans this past June at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference. The award, given by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS), was for the purpose of attending the conference, or more specifically, the BRASS program. In this article, I discuss some of the advantages of having been awarded this excellent opportunity and the many impressions made by BRASS on my trip.

First of all, this was my inaugral ALA conference. I attended the Opening General Session and heard from the keynote speaker, General L. Colin Powell-”brass” of another kind. The exhibit hall was also a draw and I did my best to involve myself in the activities of the conference and to absorb all of the sights and sounds. Some of the ALA sessions that I attended were the New Members Round Table (NMRT) Orientation and the graduate student reception.

Second, I attended the BRASS program. I was introduced at the Executive Committee and participated in other committee meetings. Through these activities, I learned more about business librarianship and was exposed to the events and activities of BRASS. The BRASS sessions that I attended were the forum and the discussion group, as well as the main BRASS program, "Help Wanted: Job & Career Information for the New Millennium." I took something away from each of these events.

It goes without saying that I met talented and exciting people in New Orleans. I spent one lunch hour with several members of BRASS, all who serve on BRASS committees. The pic of conversation was about new publishing projects and before long I realized that I was conversing with the very people who are writing the textbooks and reference books that I either currently use, or soon will. Attending this conference provided me the opportunity to talk with people who I would have otherwise not have met.

The BRASS events gave me practical insight into the business of business librarians. Therefore, I want to thank BRASS for generously awarding me the Disclosure Student Travel Award. It is wonderful that BRASS is actively working to support library science graduate students and for involving us in BRASS activities. I am pleased to be affiliated with BRASS and look forward to my continued membership. It has been an enriching experience to discover the BRASS in New Orleans.

- Christina Prendiville