Established in 1989, the BRASS Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship offers $4,000* and a citation to a librarian that has distinguished themselves in the field of Business Librarianship. This award is sponsored by Mergent by FTSE Russell.
*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.
The selection of a recipient is accomplished through a review of written nominations by the BRASS Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship Committee.
The recipient’s contribution may lie in a variety of endeavors, such as authoring a seminal book or articles in business librarianship, the development of an imaginative and successful program centered around business within a library, the teaching of business librarianship in a particularly creative manner, the display of unusually strong leadership in a professional association geared to business librarianship, or other activities that encourage librarians to excel in business librarianship.
Nominations must clearly state the contributions of the nominee in the field of business librarianship and explain the significance of the contributions (such as, effect on ideas/practices of the field, extent and depth of research and publishing, effect of leadership on organizations) and the magnitude of their influence. Self-nominations are accepted.
To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form. The nomination form can be found on the RUSA Update Resources page. Non-ALA members must submit their nominations to the committee chair.
Questions should be directed to the committee chair, Chris LeBeau, email@example.com.
Letters of nomination should be submitted along with the nomination form. These letters must clearly state the contributions of the nominee in the field of business librarianship, and must explain the significance of these contributions and the magnitude of their influence. Self-nominations are accepted.
2017: Elizabeth Malafi, Coordinator at the Miller Business Center, Middle Country Public Library
2016: Jared Hoppenfeld, business librarian, Texas A&M University
2015: Peter Z. McKay, business librarian, University of Florida
2014: Celia Ross, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
2013: Michael R. Oppenheim, Rosenfeld Management Library, UCLA
2012: Rita W. Moss
2011: Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, Portage District Library
2010: Jennifer Boettcher, Business Reference Librarian at Georgetown University
2008: Gary White
2007: Sylvia James
2006: Bobray Bordelon
2005: Charles J. Popovich
2004: Michael Madden
2003: Anne P. Mintz
2002: Irwin D. Faye
2001: Karen Chapman
2000: Catherine R. Friedman
1998: John Ganly
1997: Paul Wasserman
1996: Ruth A. Pagell
1995: Mark Leggett
1994: Judith May Nixon
1993: Lorna Daniells
1992: Michael R. Lavin
1991: Gerald L. Gill
1990: Diane C. Strauss