Y. Diana Wu receives an Emerald Research Grant award

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For Immediate Release
June 5, 2007

Y. Diana Wu receives an Emerald Research Grant award

CHICAGO—Y. Diana Wu, reference and instruction librarian, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose State University (Calif.), is a recipient 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).

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

“I am very excited and grateful for this award,” said Wu. “It allows me to extend my research on business information literacy based on two previous successful projects of building context-based library instruction and teaching faculty’s perspectives on business information literacy.”

Wu is receiving the award for her proposal, “Aligning Information Literacy with Workplace Expectations,” which is a research project that includes intensive site visits over different industries with very diverse work culture to examine workplace issues of the business information profession.

“Information literacy skills of business students is an important topic for members of BRASS,” said Gillian Etienne, head of Corporate Communications, Emerald Group Publishing. “This project will provide insight to those in the business information profession on how to better prepare business students for their entry into the workforce.”

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.