Established in 1992, this $1,250 monetary prize is given to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel to and attendance at the ALA Annual Conference and a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA. This award is sponsored by SimplyAnalytics.
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.
In addition to attending the conference, the winner is required to participate in BRASS activities at ALA conference and to write a brief statement about conference experiences for RUSA Update . The winner may not accept a concurrent ALA-sponsored travel award.
*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.
Applicants must complete the nomination form, and follow the submission instructions therein. The nomination form can be found on the RUSA Update Resources page.
Submit the following materials:
- Personal statement (1-2 pages) summarizing your academic and professional achievements, your interest in this award, and reasons for choosing business librarianship as a profession
- A copy of your current resume
- A copy of your library school transcript
- Two letters of reference
2017: Ian Richardson, student at Wayne State University
2016: Katherine Glasoe, student at the School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
2015: Sara F. Hess, University of Michigan School of Information
2014: Katharine Macy, University of Washington
2013: Kelly LaVoice, Rutgers University
2012: Ilana Barnes
2011: Danielle Salomon, Intern, Crocker Business Library, University of Southern California
2010: Nancy Origer Poole, Graduate Student, Library and Information Studies, UNC Greensboro
2008: Daniel Hickey
2007: Anthony B. Lin
2006: Beth Dunning
2005: Jared Howland
2004: Naaznin Adatia
2003: David W. Guilliams
2002: Christy A. Donaldson
2001: Susan Alice Shultz
2000: Paul Brothers
1998: Lucrea Vinluan Dayrit
1997: Heidi E. K. Senior
1996: Deborah Lynn Harrington
1995: Tracy Turnbull
1994: Lisa J. McClain
1993: Lora Fitzgerald