Established in 1989, the BRASS Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship offers $4,000* and a citation.
This award recognizes an individual librarian who has built a record of contributions over time which, taken altogether, demonstrate the individual’s excellence in business librarianship.
This award is sponsored by Mergent by FTSE Russell.
*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.
The selection of a recipient is accomplished through a review of written nominations by the BRASS Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship Committee.
A strong candidate will demonstrate sustained excellence in business librarianship from several of the areas outlined below. Nominations in collaboration with other colleagues or even the nominee themselves are encouraged, as are self-nominations.
The recipient’s contributions may lie in a variety of endeavors such as:
- Developing and/or teaching effective business information programming to students, community members, information professionals, etc.
- Demonstrating strong leadership and service to a professional organization in business librarianship, business education, or community business organizations (Chambers of Commerce, accelerators, etc.).
- Authoring influential books or articles in business librarianship, or contributing to the discussion of business librarianship and business information through non-scholarly communication channels.
- Providing mentorship and support in the area of business librarianship to library colleagues in order to attract, promote, and retain them in the profession.
- Other activities that demonstrate excellence in business librarianship or engage communities with the topic of business information.
Nominations must clearly state the contributions of the nominee to the field of business librarianship and explain the significance of the contributions beyond one’s workplace (such as impact on practices of the field, breadth and depth of research, effect of leadership on organizations) and their sustained influence. Self-nominations and nominations in collaboration with the nominee are welcomed. Previous award winners are not eligible. Previous winners
To submit a nomination, complete the BRASS Excellence in Business Librarianship Award nomination form.
Questions should be directed to the committee chair.
Letters of nomination should be submitted along with the nomination form. These letters must clearly state the contributions of the nominee in the field of business librarianship, and must explain the significance of these contributions and the magnitude of their influence. Self-nominations are accepted.
2017: Elizabeth Malafi, Coordinator at the Miller Business Center, Middle Country Public Library
2016: Jared Hoppenfeld, business librarian, Texas A&M University
2015: Peter Z. McKay, business librarian, University of Florida
2014: Celia Ross, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
2013: Michael R. Oppenheim, Rosenfeld Management Library, UCLA
2012: Rita W. Moss
2011: Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, Portage District Library
2010: Jennifer Boettcher, Business Reference Librarian at Georgetown University
2009: Michael Halperin, Lippincott Library, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
2008: Gary White
2007: Sylvia James
2006: Bobray Bordelon
2005: Charles J. Popovich
2004: Michael Madden
2003: Anne P. Mintz
2002: Irwin D. Faye
2001: Karen Chapman
2000: Catherine R. Friedman
1999: Priscilla Cheng Geahigan
1998: John Ganly
1997: Paul Wasserman
1996: Ruth A. Pagell
1995: Mark Leggett
1994: Judith May Nixon
1993: Lorna Daniells
1992: Michael R. Lavin
1991: Gerald L. Gill
1990: Diane C. Strauss