2009 BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award winner selected

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Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

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For Immediate Release

March 3, 2009

CHICAGO—Frans Jozef Velasco Albarillo, a student of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Library and Information Science program, has been selected as the 2009 winner of the
BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award.

Albarillo was selected for his demonstrated interest in business reference librarianship, most notably in his assistantship with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Shider College of Business and his internship with the Hawai’i Business Research Library. “In addition to his work, Frans also distinguished himself from the other nominees through his diverse background and his service involvements,” said Christy Donaldson, award committee chairperson and media librarian, Utah Valley University. “We are excited to welcome him to Chicago this summer.”

This award, sponsored by
Gale Cengage Learning, enables a student enrolled in an ALA-accredited Master’s program who has demonstrated interest in a business reference librarianship career to attend
ALA’s Annual conference. The winner receives $1,000 cash toward travel expenses associated with conference attendance; a one year membership to the
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), home of BRASS; the opportunity to attend BRASS events at the conference; and publication of his or her conference experience in
RUSA Update, the division’s electronic newsletter.

Albarillo will receive the award at the RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception, scheduled for 3:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, July 13, as a part of ALA’s Annual Conference events. The exact location of this event will be announced on the
RUSA website and at the
RUSA Blog in late spring.

A complete listing of BRASS and RUSA events at this summer’s Annual Conference, Chicago, July 9-15, can be found at the
RUSA website.

Business and Reference Services Section (BRASS) represents reference librarians, business information specialist and others engaged in providing services in this area. 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. For more information, visit
www.ala.org/rusa. Not a RUSA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, RUSA preconferences and other RUSA events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at