Dun & Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities recipient named

Contact: Eileen Hardy


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For Immediate Release


March 2002

Dun & Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities recipient named

The Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, NewYork, is the 2002 recipient of the Dun & Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities. The award is sponsored by Dun & Bradstreet and presented by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The award, $2,000 and a citation, is given to a librarian, or library that has created an innovative service for a minority business community, or has been 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 Queens Borough Public Library possessed a clear vision of how it could foster entrepreneurial activity within its minority communities," stated Lynn C. Hattendorf Westney, award committee chair. "Acting on this vision, it actively solicited and obtained several large collaborative grants which resulted in the creation of the Libraries Online! Far Rockaway Small Business Resource Center and the (Flushing) International Resource Center."

The award will be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony on June 17, 2002, from 4 to 6 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta.