Nomination period for most RUSA achievement awards closes Dec. 15

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

December 1, 2009

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) offers many annual achievement awards in the areas represented by its membership, and the nomination period for most 2010 awards will be closing Dec. 15, 2009.

The association, representing information service professionals in reference, collection development, readers advisory, genealogy, resource sharing and many other related fields, is accepting nominations for the following 2010 awards to be presented at next summer’s
ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.:

Awards for Individuals and Groups for Professional Achievement

Travel Grants to ALA Annual Conference

  • The

    BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award
    presents $1,000 to a student enrolled in an
    ALA accredited master's degree program to fund travel the ALA Annual Conference.
  • The

    BRASS Public Librarian Support Award
    , sponsored by Morningstar, Inc., offers $1,000 to support the attendance at Annual Conference of a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the conference.
  • The

    STARS Atlas Systems Mentoring Award
    offers $1,000 to fund Annual Conference travel expenses for a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has daily, hands-on involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery, or resource sharing.

In addition, the

BRASS Emerald Research Grant
consists of two $5,000 awards presented to individuals seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. The deadline to apply for one of these grants is Dec. 30, 2009.

More information about these awards, including nominating instructions, can be found at the
RUSA Awards webpage. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson—a list of committees and contact information is available at the
RUSA website—or to the RUSA headquarters staff.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers advisory and resource sharing. RUSA 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. Not a member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at Learn more about the association at