BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award Committee

BRASS Handbook

Student Travel Award Committee

Established in 1992.

To administer an annual travel award that will enable a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master's degree program to attend the ALA Conference.  The committee


  • There shall be 3-5 members appointed by the vice chair/chair elect of BRASS.
  • Members should represent reasonable diversity in geography, universities attended, and current professional employment.

Terms of Office
Members shall serve for two years, and the term is not renewable. Terms will be staggered.  The committee can function as a virtual committee.

Specific Duties

  • Prepare press release for ALA to solicit applications for the award.
  • Review candidates' written applications for award and references and make the award based on the following criteria:
    • The recipient shall have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as a business reference librarian and the potential to be a leader in the profession. This may be demonstrated by: course work, internship, practicum, jobs, special projects, publications and related activities.
    • The recipient should be a student in an ALA accredited library school.
    • The recipient has not been awarded a previous or concurrent ALA sponsored travel award.
    • Student must be willing to participate in BRASS activities at the ALA Conference for which the award has been made and write a short statement following the conference on his or her experience to be published in RUSA Update.
  • The Chair will be responsible for organizing the documentation and compiling a list of nominees. The committee will virtually discuss and evaluate candidates prior to Midwinter.  The recipient will be chosen based on the award's criteria by consensus of committee members.
  • All committee discussions will be closed for members only.
  • The chair will notify donor and also notify the chair of the recipient's name so that can be notified in a timely manner.

Nomination of Candidates

  • Applications for nominations are to be made in writing to the Chair of the committee in December or the due date as specified for other ALA awards that year.
  • The applicants will be evaluated by the BRASS committee on the basis of their written applications, references, academic merit, and potential for leadership in the profession.

Presentation of the Award
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 $1,250 for travel expenses incurred at the ALA Annual Conference which would include a one-year membership to ALA/RUSA/BRASS if the recipient is not already a member.
  • Cost of administering the award will be approximately $250.00.
  • The recipient of the award will be formally invited by the Chair of BRASS to attend BRASS Executive Committee meetings and other BRASS activities.