Lisa O'Connor and Diane Owens receive Emerald Research Grant Award

Contact: Eileen Hardy
Marketing Specialist
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2007

Lisa O’Connor and Diane Owens receive Emerald Research Grant Award

CHICAGO—Lisa G. O’Connor, assistant professor, and Diane M. Owens, a masters of library information science candidate, School of Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky at Lexington, are co-recipients of one the 2007 Emerald Research Grant Awards, administered by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS), a section of the Reference and Users Services Association (RUSA).

“ALA recently announced a major partnership between itself and the NASD Investor Education Foundation to promote libraries’ involvement in investor education,” stated O’Connor and Owens, award co-recipients. “Our research, which is now being made possible through the generosity of Emerald, has the potential to provide useful information for such an initiative.”

O’Connor and Owens are receiving the award for their research project to study the information seeking behaviors of amateur financial investors both in individual and social-networked contexts.

This is one of two $5,000 cash awards donated by Emerald Group Publishing Limited to an American Library Association (ALA) member seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship.

“Independent and personal investing research has been increasing rapidly in public and academic libraries, and this project will provide business librarians with usage data to assist this growing body of library users,” said Gillian Etienne, head of Corporate Communications, Emerald Group Publishing.

The award will be presented at RUSA Awards Ceremony on June 25, 2007, from 4 to 6 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in DC.

RUSA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), presents the award to a candidate who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career as a business reference librarian and has the potential to be a leader in the profession.