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RU business librarian wins national award

Congratulations to Ka Neng Au, who was selected to be the 2008 recipient of the American Libraries Association's Dun & Bradstreet award for outstanding service to minority business communities. The award is sponsored by Dun & Bradstreet and presented by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The award, $2,000 and a citation, is given to a librarian or library that has created an innovative service for a minority business community or has been recognized by that community as an outstanding service provider.

Ka-Neng Au is a Business Librarian at the John Cotton Dana Library of Rutgers University Libraries. He has also been an adjunct instructor at the Rutgers Business School for six years, and conducts workshops for the NJ Small Business Development Center several times a year.

Since 2002, Au has served as chair of the Rutgers University Libraries' Web Advisory Committee, which oversees and manages the development of the Libraries website. Since July 2007, he has also served as interim director of the John Cotton Dana Library.

Au has been a conference speaker in the US, Europe, and Asia, and the author of several journal articles and book chapters on information technology and business information resources. He is the primary contributor to the award-winning Rutgers University Libraries Business Research Guide, with links to more than 3,000 business-related Internet and print resources.

The Dun and Bradstreet award will be presented at RUSA Awards Ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim (Calif.).

Posted April 17, 2008