RUSA announces new business reference award

Contact: Eileen Hardy
Marketing Specialist

For Immediate Release
May 23, 2006

RUSA announces new business reference award

CHICAGO-The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and Emerald Group Publishing Limited are pleased to announce a new award, the Emerald Research Grant Award, to support business reference research.

Two $5,000 cash awards, donated by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, will be given to ALA members seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. This award will be offered for two years beginning in 2007.

"Emerald Group Publishing Limited has a long-standing commitment to support the research community via a number of methods including doctoral and research fund awards, benefiting both those at the outset of their academic careers and the more established researchers," said Gillian Crawford, head of corporate communications.
"Our research fund award, targeted at ALA members, reiterates our commitment to the development of LIS research - and it has the added bonus of being run in 2007, our 40th anniversary year."

"Business librarians are curious and entrepreneurial professionals.
This grant will release their potential and give them a chance to explore possibilities and opportunities," said Jennifer Boettcher, BRASS Executive Committee chair.
"I am sure the results of the research will benefit the field of librarianship in public and academic business collections, education, or community development."

More information on this award is available at the RUSA awards web page at

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (, 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.
ALA, founded in 1876 with headquarters in Chicago, is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited, established in 1967 with headquarters in Bradford, England, is a leading English language publisher of academic and professional literature in the fields of management, library services and engineering.