Call for submissions: business librarianship research proposals for 2013 Emerald Research Grant

Submissions will be accepted until April 12 for the 2013 Emerald Research Grant Award  offered by RUSA‘s Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS).

Due to technical difficulties, the award committee asks anyone who has already submitted a proposal to re-submit their materials to Kim Bloedel at New proposals should also be sent to this same address.

The Emerald Research Grant Award, sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Limited offers one award of $5,000 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 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. 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.

RUSA Division and Section 2013 Slate of Nominees

We are excited to announce the RUSA Division and Section slate of nominees standing for election in 2013. They are:

Joseph Thompson, RUSA Vice-President
Denise Ann Forro, RUSA Vice-President
Steve Alleman, RUSA Director-At-Large
Agnes Widder, RUSA Director-At-Large
Louise Mort Feldmann, RUSA Director-At-Large
Margaret Ellingson, RUSA Director-At-Large
Erin Rushton, RUSA Secretary
Anthony Lin, RUSA Secretary

Todd Hines, BRASS Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Peter Mckay, BRASS Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Chad Boeninger, BRASS Member-At-Large
Elizabeth Malafi, BRASS Member-At-Large

Joseph Yue, CODES Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Deborah Abston, CODES Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Kate Kosturski, CODES Member-At-Large
Ed Kownslar, CODES Member-At-Large
Yem Fong, CODES Member-At-Large

Jenny L. Presnell, HS Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Nancy Bunker, HS Member-At-Large
Nick Wyant, HS Member-At-Large
Helene Lafrance, HS Secretary
Jennifer Dorner, HS Secretary

Donna Scanlon, MARS Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Stephanie Graves, MARS Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Matt Torrence, MARS Member-At-Large
Amy Fry, MARS Member-At-Large

Peter Collins, RSS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
Qiana Johnson, RSS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
Elizabeth (Betsy) Park, RSS Member-At-Large
Don Boozer, RSS Member-At-Large

Christina Baich, STARS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
Tom Bruno, STARS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
Jennifer DeVito, STARS Member-At-Large
Megan Gaffney, STARS Member-At-Large
Krista Higham, STARS Member-At-Large
Martha Yancy, STARS Member-At-Large

A heartfelt thank you to all above who are standing for election and donating their valuable time!

Susan Hornung
Executive Director, RUSA


Aspiring business librarians wanted for conference travel grant: RUSA’s BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award

Are you an aspiring business librarian or do you know someone who is?

The BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award is a $1000 cash award given to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel to and attendance at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois and a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA.  Applicants should have demonstrated interest in a career as a business reference librarian, and a potential to be a leader in the profession as demonstrated by activities that may include (but are not limited to) coursework, internships, jobs, special projects, and publications.

Applications for the 2013 Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel are being accepted until January 31, 2013. You can download the nomination form here.

Please send the complete nomination packet in electronic format to the Committee Chair, Todd Hines at, with the subject line: 2013 BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award.