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UNC Business Librarian Honored for Contributions to Field

photograph of Rita Moss

Award winner and UNC business and economics librarian Rita Moss

UNC business and economics librarian Rita W. Moss received the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship on June 24 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California.

The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) presents the award and $3,000 prize annually “to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship.” Previous recipients include former UNC Associate University Librarian for Public Services Diane Strauss in 1990.

The award committee selected Moss for her outstanding contributions to business librarianship over more than two decades of professional work in the field. The committee also recognized her role as a mentor and educator, and her active participation in professional organizations.

Moss has worked at UNC since 1991. She is the author of the second and third editions of Strausss Handbook of Business Information: A Guide for Librarians, Students, and Researchers.

Moss served as chair of RUSA BRASS in 2008-2009, and previously chaired BRASS’s nominating and vendor relations committees, co-chaired the Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee, and served on RUSA’s nominating and membership committees.

Prior to coming to UNC, Moss was a business reference librarian at Elon University. She holds an M.A. in economics and education from the University College of North Wales and an M.S.L.S. from UNC.

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