Malafi receives Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award

Contact: Eileen Hardy

RUSA Marketing Specialist

For Immediate Release,

April 8, 2008

Malafi receives Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award

CHICAGO—Elizabeth Malafi, business librarian, Miller Business Resource Center (, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach (N.Y.), is the recipient of the 2008 Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award 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 citation and $1,000 travel award is sponsored by Dun & Bradstreet to support attendance at the ALA Annual Conference of a business librarian who works in a public library. The award is based on service to the community and on demonstration of need.

“Elizabeth Malafi has built a strong relationship between the regional business community of Mid-Suffolk County and the Miller Business Resource Center of the Middle Country Public Library,” said Nelly Somerman, award committee chair. “Her research skills and her dynamic business outreach attempts demonstrate outstanding business librarianship. She is a great asset to the profession and to BRASS.”

“I’m thrilled to be this year’s award recipient and feel lucky to work with the wonderful Miller Business Resource Center team at Middle Country Library, who are dedicated to working in partnership with the business community on economic, civic and educational goals,” Malafi said. “Awards like this recognize the important role that public libraries can play in their communities, providing the kind of information and networking opportunities small businesses need to grow.”

The award will be presented from 4 to 6 p.m. June 30 at the RUSA Awards Ceremony, held during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim (Calif.).