Emanuel named 2008 ACRL WESS Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant winner

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For Immediate Release,

February 22, 2008

Emanuel named 2008 ACRL WESS Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant winner

CHICAGO - Michelle Emanuel, catalog librarian and assistant professor at the University of Mississippi Libraries, has been selected to receive the 2008 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant.

This grant covers airfare to and from Europe, transportation in Europe and lodging and board for up to 14 days. The primary criterion for awarding the grant is the significance and utility of the proposed project as a contribution to the study of the acquisition, organization or use of library materials from or relating to Western Europe.

Emanuel will receive her plaque and $3,000 award check at the WESS general membership meeting during the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 30 in Anaheim, Calif.

Emanuel's proposal aims to survey major film libraries in the Paris region in order to analyze and evaluate the collections and services provided to visiting scholars, with particular focus on the films of Francis Veber.

“The growing importance of film studies in many academic fields, as well as the challenges of identifying and accessing a full range of relevant primary and secondary research materials, suggest that Ms. Emanuel's timely survey of Parisian resource centers will provide valuable guidance for librarians and for the students and faculty they serve,” said award committee Chair Bryan Skib, collection development officer at the University of Michigan Libraries.

Emanuel earned her Ph.D. in French and her MLIS from the University of Alabama.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Coutts Nijhoff International is the European books division of Coutts Information Services, the international book and eBook service provider to academic libraries and information organizations.