Ian Richardson wins BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/16/2017


Leighann Wood

Sr. Program Officer

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)


CHICAGO-Ian Richardson, student at Wayne State University, has been selected as the 2017 BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award winner. Administered by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the award is sponsored by SimplyMap, and includes $1,250 to fund travel expenses to the ALA Annual Conference.

“Ian Richardson’s journey from entrepreneur to library school student at Wayne State University is inspiring. His enthusiasm and passion to become a business librarian makes him an ideal candidate to benefit from becoming active in BRASS,” said committee chair Bobray Bordelon. “He has sought out opportunities to increase his knowledge of the field and has worked hard to become the go-to person for business information at his library at the University of Louisiana. We welcome Ian to the field!”

The BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award selection committee includes: Bobray J. Bordelon, JR. (Chair), Rachel Spurlin Hooper, Jeffrey D. Kushkowski, Katharine V. Macy, and Mark J. Siciliano.

Richardson will be honored at the RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the conference website in April.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more about the association at rusa.ala.org/update.