Future business reference librarians sought for student conference travel award

 Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398



For Immediate Release

September 29, 2009

CHICAGO—The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) seeks applicants for the 2010 BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award, a cash award to assist a current library school student with an interest in business reference librarianship with attending the upcoming 2010 ALA Annual Conference.

Students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library school program are encouraged to apply for this travel scholarship—a $1,000 cash award to cover travel expenses incurred for participating in the conference, June 24-29 in Washington, D.C. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career as a business reference librarian, as well as the potential to become a leader in the profession. The award committee will examine the applicant’s demonstrated coursework, internships, jobs, special projects and/or related activities.

In addition to the cash award, the winner will receive a one-year membership to ALA, the Reference and User Services Section (RUSA) and BRASS, if they are not already a member. The winner will be expected to participate in BRASS events such as presentations, programs and committee meetings at the conference, and will also write a brief article about the conference experience to be publishing in a subsequent issue of RUSA Update, the division’s newsletter.

Those interested in submitting a nomination for this award can download the nomination form from the awards section of the RUSA website or request the form from Liz Markel, RUSA Marketing Specialist, or from Diana Wu, chairperson for the award committee. All nominations must be received by Dec. 15. The winner will be recognized at the RUSA Awards Ceremony on the Monday of the ALA Annual Conference.

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
www.ala.org/membership. Learn more about the association at