Jennifer Boettcher, business librarian at Georgetown University, is this yearâ€™s recipient ofÂ the Reference and User Services Associationâ€™s (RUSA)Â BRASSÂ Emerald Research Grant Award.
Administered by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the grant gives $5,000 to support research in the field of business librarianship. The award is generously funded byÂ Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd.Â Previous award winnersâ€™ research projects include a study of business librariansâ€™ involvement in the evaluation and approval of new academic programs (i.e. courses, tracks, graduate degrees or certificates) in business, and an exploration of collaborations among academic libraries, public libraries and community organizations in jointly serving the business information needs of their local entrepreneurs.
With this financial research support, Boettcher will create a Web-based finding aid that will help both business librarians and patrons who do not regularly track business information sources use core business titles that have been discounted, sold or recreated into new formats, which Boettcher calls the “Zombie List”. The database will track these sources and provide a list of where to find similar information that these seminal works provided. Funds willÂ support the work ofÂ a programmer who willÂ construct andÂ adjust the database accordingly.Â As the Zombie List grows, Boettcher willÂ recruit volunteers to testÂ and manage the website as it develops. If interested please contact Jennifer Boettcher (boettcher -at-georgetown.edu).
As a former chair of theÂ BRASSÂ section ofÂ RUSA, co-author of the book, â€œIndustry Research Using the Economic Censusâ€ (Greenwood Press), a past winner ofÂ RUSAÂ BRASSÂ â€™s Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship andÂ former professor of Catholic University of Americaâ€™s â€œInformation SourcesÂ &Â Services: Business Informationâ€ class, Boettcher is well-versed in the field of business reference and is prepared for a project of this scale. In selecting Boettcherâ€™s proposal for this yearâ€™s award, the committee highlighted the thorough and detailed methodology, scope, timetable and projected outcomes for the project.
The award will be presented at theÂ RUSAÂ Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception, scheduled for 5-6:30pm on Sunday, June 30, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Prairie Room, as a part ofÂ RUSAâ€™s events at theÂ ALAÂ Annual Conference in Chicago.Â Add the reception to your schedule (ALAÂ Connect login required).Â For more information, visitÂ RUSAâ€™s websiteÂ or theÂ Annual Conference website.
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