For immediate release | March 29, 2011

Jacso receives RUSA BRASS Emerald Research Grant for business reference research

CHICAGO -- Peter Jacso, professor at the library and information science program of the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii, is the recipient of a 2011 Emerald Research Grant.

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.

Jacso will create an open access resource for dynamic comparison and analysis of peer ratings of prominent marketing and marketing-related journals by members of various business associations and schools, as well as their ranking by bibliometric/scientometrics indicators generated from the Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar databases. The results will be presented at conferences and published in peer-reviewed academic and in professional journals.

Eileen Breen, senior publisher at Emerald, said, “As the assessment of content quality and relevance is becoming increasingly important to the business reference librarian’s role in providing accurate bibliometric data to faculty to inform their publication strategy and to inform the librarian’s own collection management in these difficult economic times, Peter Jacso’s research will make a valuable impact on the profession. Once again Emerald is delighted to support research that contributes to advancing the library and information science field.”

The grant will be presented at the RUSA Awards Reception, scheduled for 5 - 6:30 p.m. 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.

With over forty years’ experience, Emerald Group Publishing is an independent leading publisher of global research with impact in business, society, public policy and education. In total, Emerald publishes over 700 titles, comprising 200 journals, over 300 books and more than 200 book series as well as an extensive range of online products and services. Emerald is both COUNTER 3 and TRANSFER compliant. The organization is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation.

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 Learn more about the association at


Elizabeth Markel