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Call for nominations: RSS Service Achievement Award

Have you done some outstanding work for the Reference Services Section (RSS)? Know someone who has? Submit your nomination today!

The RSS Service Achievement Award, founded in 2010, is given to an RSS member who has made either a sustained contribution towards attaining the goals of the Reference Services Section or a single significant contribution that has resulted in a positive impact upon the work of the section.

Please send a nomination letter detailing specifically how the nominee has met either of the above criteria to the award committee chair, Emilie Smart (

Anyone who wishes to nominate a Reference Services Section member for the award should do so by December 15.

Nominations and questions regarding the award should be directed to the committee chair.

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Call for nominations: BRASS Emerald Research Grant Award

Are you a librarian in need of funding for a business research project?

The Emerald Research Grant Award, sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Limited offers one award of $2,500 and a citation to an individual or team seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. The awards will be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Recipients will be required to attend the RUSA Awards Ceremony.

Candidates must submit a detailed proposal outlining their proposed research project; methodology, scope and timetable; how this project fits into the existing literature; and projected outcomes, including a statement outlining how this research will benefit the library profession. Proposals will be reviewed for thoroughness; potential to positively impact the library profession; and potential to provide a useful addition to the existing library literature. Proposals will be accepted from both individual researchers and those working collaboratively. At least one member of a collaborative team must be a member of ALA.

The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2013.

Proposals can be sent to

Good luck!

Elizabeth Stephan
Coordinator of Instruction/Assistant Professor
Librarian to the College of Business & Economics
Western Washington University

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Call for Nominations – Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship

Dear Colleagues,

For those of us in the Business Reference And Services Section (BRASS) and/or the field of business librarianship—the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship is like the BRASS Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oscars!  We honor an individual who has made significant contributions in the field business librarianship.

So please take a look around your professional life and reflect on what contribution to business librarianship has made an impact on your professional career.  Now is the time to honor this person for their important contribution with a nomination for this prestigious award.

Our sponsor is Gale Cengage Learning.

The recipient will receive a $3000 cash award and a citation.

Applicants for this award will be evaluated based on their contribution to the field of business librarianship. These contributions may include, but are not limited to: authorship of a seminal book or articles in business librarianship; development of an imaginative and successful program centered around business within a library; teaching business librarianship in a particularly creative and substantive manner; and displaying strong leadership in a professional association geared to business librarianship.


To submit a nomination, please download and complete the nomination form, and follow the submission instructions therein.  For more information, as well as link to the nomination form, please see:

The award and citation will be presented at the RUSA Awards ceremony at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

Please email, or mail the nomination packet by DECEMBER 15, 2013, to the Committee Chair, Mark E Andersen.

(Drum roll)…  And the Oscar Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship goes to…stay tuned.

Remember, if you don’t nominate that significant contributor in our field, they can’t be considered for this award!


The Reference and User Services Association (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. Learn more about the association at

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Party like a rockSTAR! Accepting nominations for Atlas Systems Mentoring Award

Are you new to resource sharing? Thanks to the generosity of Atlas Systems, RUSA STARS is able to offer a $1250 travel award to help an individual newly employed in interlibrary loan, electronic reserves, or resource sharing attend the 2014 ALA Annual conference in Las Vegas, NV. You’ll have a chance to meet fellow STARS members at our ALA programs and meetings, get helpful tips to make your work easier, share your ideas about the future of resource sharing, and party like a rock STAR at our section’s 10th anniversary bash! STARS will pair you with an experienced mentor to help you navigate the conference (and maybe the casinos).

Who can apply? Library practitioners who have been working in the field of resource sharing for less than two years and who have daily, hands-on experience in the areas of ILL borrowing or lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, or material delivery. You do not need to have a library degree or be a member of ALA to apply. It’s OK if you have previous experience in other aspects of librarianship; if you’re new to resource sharing then you are eligible to apply for this award. Nominees do not need to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting to be considered for this award.

Can you nominate yourself? Absolutely! We encourage self-nominations.

For more information and to apply, please complete the form at

Nominations must be received by 5 PM Eastern on December 15, 2013.

Questions? Please contact Amy Paulus at

Thank you,

STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Award Committee
Naomi Chow, Paul Drake, Jennifer Jacobs, Amy Paulus (Chair), and Shirley Thomas

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