Coonin selected for 2009 BRASS Emerald Research Award

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For Immediate Release

July 28, 2009

CHICAGO— Bryna Coonin, associate professor and reference librarian at the Joyner Library, East Carolina University, has been selected as the second of two recipients of the 2009 Emerald Research Award.

The award, administered by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), provides $5,000 to the winner in support of proposed research in the field of business reference. Coonin’s winning proposal focuses on open access publishing as it relates to business librarianship—a topic that has barely been addressed by research currently available.

“The results of this survey will provide baseline data for researches investigating the progress—or lack thereof—of open access journal publishing in the non-science disciplines,” said Stacey Marien, chair of the BRASS Emerald Research Awards Committee. “It should also provide useful information for business librarians seeking to strengthen the partnership between their libraries and the business faculty they serve.”

Coonin has previously presented on open access publishing in the social sciences and humanities at the National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She holds an M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from Meredith College (N.C.).

Coonin accepted her award, a cash prize to support her research sponsored by Emerald Research, at the RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception at the ALA Annual Conference, which was held July 9-15 in Chicago.

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