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.

Nominate an outstanding library or library system for RUSA’s Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services

Do you know of a deserving library or library system that provides exceptional reference and adult services? Nominations for RUSA’s Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services are being accepted until December 15, 2012.

Many libraries and library systems are meeting patrons’ needs using innovative resources, however, they can’t be honored by RUSA unless you take the time and effort to nominate them.  In addition to national recognition at Annual Conference, the winner receives a citation and $3,000, which can serve as seed money for future projects or to extend the influence of the winning entry.

Recent past winners include a wide variety of public libraries, universities, and special libraries–review a list of past winners at the award webpage.

The satisfaction that you’ll get from nominating a colleague is a great feeling! Download the nomination form here.

Please direct your questions to:
Charles Thurston, 2012-2013 Chair

Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award: Seeking history and history librarianship researchers to apply for grant

Are you interested in history research?  Do you wish you had funding to assist in your research? RUSA’s History Section is now accepting nominations for the Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award.  The nomination period is open until December 15, 2012.

The award will be granted to an MLS degreed librarian from an ALA accredited school to facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship. The award winner will receive a citation and up to $2500 which may be used at the winner’s discretion to pay for research-related expenses.  This new award will be presented at the ALA 2013 Annual Conference.

Submissions and questions should be directed to the committee chair, Janice Schultz, (816) 252-7228 or email

Exceptional RSS members wanted for RUSA’s 2013 RSS Service Achievement Award

Do you know an outstanding RUSA Reference Services Section member deserving of national recognition? Nominate him or her for the 2013 Reference Services Section (RSS) Achievement Award. This award honors an RSS member’s contributions to the section. The recipient will be chosen based on either sustained contributions towards attaining the goals of RSS or a single significant contribution that has resulted in a positive impact upon the work of the section.

Please send your nomination detailing specifically how the nominee has met either of these criteria to Virginia Cole (, the award committee chair, by December 15.

Learn more about RUSA’s Reference Services Section.