Application period open for RUSA business reference research grant

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

October 27, 2009

CHICAGO—The application period for the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA)
Emerald Research Grants is now open.

The award consists of two grants, each worth $5,000, which are sponsored by
Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd. and administered by the
Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA. These grants will be awarded to two applicants seeking support in conducting research in business librarianship and may be used at the discretion of the award recipients. Winners may be asked to present their findings at a public BRASS event within two years of receiving the award and will be required to acknowledge the Emerald Research Grant when publishing or presenting their research.

Those interested in applying should submit a detailed proposal outlining their proposed research project; methodology, scope and timetable; how this project fits into the existing literature; and projected outcomes, including a statement outlining how this research will benefit the library profession. Submissions will be reviewed for thoroughness and their potential to both positively impact the business librarian profession and to provide a useful addition to the existing library literature. Past unfunded proposals are welcomed. Proposals will be accepted from both individual researchers and those working collaboratively; at least one member of a collaborative team must be a member of ALA. Please submit your proposals via e-mail to Jennifer Boettcher, chair of the Emerald Research Grant committee, at All nominations must be received by Dec. 31. Winners will receive their cash prize, along with a citation, at the RUSA Awards Ceremony on the Monday of the
ALA Annual Conference, next scheduled for June 24-29, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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