2010 BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award winner selected

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 not only to 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 4-6 p.m., Monday, June 28, in room 207A/B of the Washington Convention Center as a part of ALA’s Annual Conference events. 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.

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