For immediate release | March 29, 2011

Campbell, Cook receive Emerald Research Grant for business reference research

CHICAGO -- Diane K. Campbell, assistant professor, Rider University Library, and Ronald G. Cook, professor of entrepreneurial studies, Rider University, are co-recipients of one of the 2011 RUSA BRASS Emerald Research Grants.

This is one of two grants, administered by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and generously funded by Emerald Group Publishing, Inc. Each grant provides $5,000 to support research pertaining to business reference.

Campbell and Cook will use their research grant to interview entrepreneurs about their environmental scanning practices and will provide information on how these entrepreneurs work with librarians and what information they consider most important. Entrepreneurs interact with a wide range of librarians, including public, academic and special librarians, but very little has been studied about their opinions of and interactions with librarians.

Eileen Breen, senior publisher at Emerald, said, “The research by Campbell and Cook is important on several accounts, and not least for demonstrating the role business reference librarians play in supporting entrepreneurship and small business development and engaging in collaborations with the business community. Emerald is proud to sponsor this research and looks forward to its outcome.”

The grant will be presented at the RUSA Awards Reception, scheduled for 5 - 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 as a part of RUSA’s events at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The exact location of this event will be announced in late spring. For more information, visit RUSA’s website or the Annual Conference website.

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Elizabeth Markel