2010 BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award winner selected

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For Immediate Release

April 27, 2010

CHICAGO—Nancy Origer Poole, a graduate student of library and information studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been selected as the 2010 winner of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA)
Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award.

Poole was selected for her notable interest in business librarianship, which is illustrated by her Fall 2009 internship with a business reference librarian at the Jackson Library at UNC Greensboro; her teaching experience with business management and business reference instruction at Appalachian State University and Florida State University; and the projects she has tackled in partnership with business teaching faculty at UNC Greensboro. One of her current projects is an article discussing trends in business reference teaching and liaison work with business faculty, which has been accepted for upcoming publication in the RUSA BRASS newsletter. She is also currently analyzing database usage statistics for business reference as well as all of her library’s current electronic resources. The award committee also cited Poole’s MBA, earned at Florida State University, as a valuable experience that enhances her ability to provide business reference services.

“The committee received a strong pool of applicants with outstanding qualifications,” said award committee chair Diana Wu. “Nancy’s application stood out thanks to her business-oriented educational resume, as well as her intense focus on gaining business reference experience while improving service delivery to not only students, but university business faculty as well.”

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.

Poole will be recognized at the RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception, scheduled for 4-6p.m., Monday, June 28, 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, Washington, D.C., June 24-29, can be found at the RUSA website.

Business and Reference Services Section (BRASS) represents reference librarians, business information specialists 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