2016 PR Xchange Awards submissions due by March 15, 2016

It’s that time of the year again … time to submit to the PR Xchange Awards!

The annual PR Xchange Awards recognize the very best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. Entries will be evaluated based on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in public relations, graphic design, communications, and marketing who select the winner(s) in each category.

Winning entries will be on display at the PR Xchange program during the ALA Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando. Awards will be presented to the winners on that day. Award winners need not be present to win, but are encouraged to attend.

These awards are sponsored by the Library Leadership Administration and Management Association’s Public Relations and Marketing Section  and are overseen by the PR XChange Committee (formerly known as Swap and Shop).

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New Landmark Libraries 2015

Library Journal announced the New Landmark Libraries 2015!

The Winners

  • Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA
    Opened: 2011
    Designed by: THA Architecture (with Karin Payson architecture + design)
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids, IA
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: OPN Architects, Inc.
  • Jasper Place Branch, Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: Hughes Condon Marler Architects
  • Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Gould Evans
  • Madison Central Library, Madison, WI
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: MSR
  • Main Library at Goodwood, East Baton Rouge Parish, Baton Rouge, LA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: The Library Design Collaborative : Cockfield Jackson | Tipton Associates | Dewberry
  • Mitchell Park Library & Community Center, Palo Alto City Library, CA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Group 4 Architecture, Research Planning, Inc.
  • Pico Branch Library, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by Nathan Bishop, Principal, Koning Eizenberg
  • St. Helena Branch Library, Beaufort County Library, St. Helena Island, SC
    Opened: 2012
    Designed by: Liollio Architecture
  • San Diego Central Library, San Diego Public Library, CA
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA / Tucker Sadler Architects
  • Vancouver Community Library, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Vancouver, WA
    Opened: 2012
    Designed by: The Miller Hull Partnership

The Honorable Mentions

  • Main Library, Billings Public Library, MT
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Will Bruder Partners
  • Fort York Branch, Toronto Public Library, Ontario, Canada
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: KPMB Architects
  • Walker Library, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: VJAA
  • Library 21c, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, CO
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Humphries Poli Architects
  • East Branch, Milwaukee Public Library,  WI
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Battery Park City Library, New York Public Library, NY
    Opened: 2010
    Designed by: 1100 Architects
  • Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, Denver Public Library, CO
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: studiotrope Design Collective
  • West District Library, Ottawa Public Library, Ontario, Canada
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Moriyama & Teshima Architects
  • Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach Joint Use Library, Virginia Beach Public Library, VA
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: Carrier Johnson + Culture (RRMM Architects, architect of record; Anderson Brulé Architects, Interior Designer/Feasibility Study Architect)
  • Warrensville Heights Branch Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Warrensville Heights, OH
    Opened: 2012
    Designed by: HBM Architects
  • Wolf Creek Branch Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Atlanta, GA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Leo A Daly, Inc.

Source: New Landmark Libraries 2015: The Reveal


IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service | LJ INFOdocket

A busy day for library-related awards. We posted about the just announced Federal Library/Librarian of the Year recipients earlier today. Now, here’s the announcement and list of the ten 2015 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients. Congratulations.

Source: IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service | LJ INFOdocket


The Spirit of Service: An interview with Sandra Ríos Balderrama

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A belated congratulations to Sandra Ríos Balderrama for being presented with REFORMA’s first Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award. REFORMA is the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.

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PLA Now Accepting Nominations for Nine Service Awards and Grants

PLA Now Accepting Nominations for Nine Service Awards and Grants » Public Libraries Online (SUGGESTED READING)

DEADLINE: December 1, 2014. More info:

The awards include:

  • Allie Beth Martin Award, honoring a public librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
  • Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award, promoting the development of a circulating audio music/video collection in a public library.
  • Charlie Robinson Award, honoring a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
  • DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant, enhancing the professional development of new public librarians by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities.
  • EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service Award, honoring a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community.
  • Gordon M. Conable Award, honoring a public library staff member, library trustee or public library that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. Sponsored by Library Systems & Services LLC.
  • John Iliff Award, honoring a library worker, librarian or library that has used technology as a tool to improve services. Sponsored by Innovative.
  • Romance Writers of America Library Grant, providing a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming.
  • Upstart Innovation Award, recognizing a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.

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UH Downtown receives $15,000 NEA grant

2014.05 A_Lesson_Before_Dying_novelThe Houston Chronicle is reporting that the University of Houston-Downtown is receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host The Big Read. They will receive $15,000. Their book is “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines.

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SOURCE: University of Houston Downtown receives $15,000 NEA grant || Houston Chronicle


Winners Announced in Texas Institute of Letters Competitions

From the Texas Institute of Letters:

Austin resident Tom Zigal took top prize Saturday evening in the Texas Institute of Letters’ literary competition for works published in 2013, claiming the $6,000 Jesse H. Jones Fiction award for his novel, Many Rivers To Cross, published by TCU Press, Institute President W.K. Stratton said.


TIL member Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, a past recipient of the Lon Tinkle Award, was recognized for his recent honor of being named winner of the National Book Critic Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Austin authors Lawrence Wright and John Talia ferro split the nonfiction Carr P. Collins prize, Wright winning for his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, published by Knopf, and Taliaferro winning for his book All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay from Lincoln to Roosevelt, published by Simon and Schuster.

Wright and Taliaferro split the prize of $5,000. Co-winners are rare in TIL competition. Author and journalist Jan Reid of Austin received the Lon Tinkle Award for a distinguished career in letters associated with Texas. Reid is the award-winning author of numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the Jesse H. Jones Fiction award winner Comanche Sundown and the acclaimed biography of Ann Richards Let the People In. Reid is also known as
one of the first contributors to Texas Monthly, publishing his first article in the magazine the year it was founded. Early on in his writing career, Reid was a Dobie Paisano Fellow. The Dobie Paisano Fellowship program is  administered by the University of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters.


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Texas Institute of Letters Finalists 2014

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From the Texas Institute of Letters:

Finalists for the Texas Institute of Letters awards for 2014 have been announced by W.K. Stratton, President. The awards are for works appearing during calendar year 2013. The Institute was founded in 1936 to recognize literary achievement and to promote interest in Texas literature. Authors must have lived in Texas for at least two years or their works must relate to the state.

Rick Bass, All the Land to Hold Us (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Philipp Meyer, The Son (Ecco Press); Tom Zigal, Many Rivers to Cross (TCU Press).

Jeff Guinn, Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson (Simon & Schuster); Nick Kotz, The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas (TCU Press);  John Taliaferro, All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt (Simon & Schuster); Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Knopf).

Nan Cuba, Body and Bread (Engine Books); Kelly Luce, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object); Mario Alberto Zambrano, Lotería (Harper).

Raul Coronado, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (Harvard University Press).

Bruce Bond, Choir of the Wells (Etruscan Press); Lance Larsen, Genius Loci (University of Tampa Press); Pattiann Rogers, Holy Heathen Rhapsody (Viking).

Frances Hatfield, Rudiments of Flight (Wings Press); Stacy R. Nigliazzo, Scissored Moon (Press 53); Sasha West, Failure and I Bury the Body (Harper Perennial).

Sherry Garland, illustrated by Layne Johnson,Voices of Pearl Harbor (Pelican Publishing); Xavier Garza, Maximilian and the Mystery of the Bingo Rematch (Cinco Puntos Press); Patricia Vermillion and Kuleigh Smith,Texas Chili? Oh My!(TCU Press).

Kathi Appelt,The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books)

John MacCormack, “Life on the Shale,” San Antonio Express-News; Jessica Wilbanks, “On the Far Side of the Fire,” Ninth Letter

Bret Anthony Johnston, “To a Good Home,” Virginia Quarterly Review; Edward McPherson, “Reunion 1938”Epoch, Paul Christensen, “My Beautiful Life,” Agni.

Bill Brammer for Hometown, Texas, by Karla K. Morton (TCU Press); Ann Giangiulio for Remember Dippy By Shirley Reva Vernick (Cinco Puntos Press); Lindsay Starr for Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark, edited by Chad Hammett (University of Texas Press).

David Bowles, Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry (Lamar University Press); Johnny Byrd, Luis Humberto Crosthwaite’s Out of Their Minds (Cinco Puntos).


IMLS Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

From IMLS:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, is celebrating its 20th year of saluting institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.


IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. Ten National Medal winners will be announced this spring and will participate in the National Medal ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The 2014 finalists of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:


  • Pima County Public Library (Tucson, Ariz.)
  • Los Angeles Public Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Sacramento Public Library (Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Hartford Public Library (Hartford, Conn.)
  • Otis Library (Norwich, Conn.)
  • Athens-Clarke County Library (Athens, Ga.)
  • Chicago Public Library (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Booth Library (Eastern Illinois University) (Charleston, Ill.)
  • Cecil County Public Library (Elkton, Md.)
  • Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, Mass.)
  • Mid-Continent Public Library (Independence, Mo.)
  • Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Octavia Fellin Public Library (Gallup, N.M.)
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bertha Voyer Memorial Library (Honey Grove, Texas)


  • The Children’s Museum at La Habra (La Habra, Calif.)
  • Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury, Conn.)
  • Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, Conn.)
  • National Veterans Art Museum (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Chicago, Ill.)
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Norman, Okla.)
  • Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Amazement Square (Lynchburg, Va.)
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle, Wash.)


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Four libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

Via ALA News:

2013.12 ala_newsToday, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; and University Park, Pennsylvania.

The recognition, which is presented by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), showcases libraries that are serving their communities using novel and innovative methods. Libraries or library service areas selected will be highlighted through various ALA publications and featured in a program at the ALA Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014.


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