For immediate release | April 10, 2012

LLAMA awards competitions see huge increase in number of entries

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) announced today that two of its highest profile awards have seen dramatic increases in the number of entries received. The John Cotton Dana Public Relations award received a record-breaking 108 entries from public, academic and other types of libraries of different sizes. The ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design award received 117 entries from libraries throughout the world.

The John Cotton Dana Award, provided jointly by EBSCO Publishing, the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the American Library Association, honors outstanding library public relations. In recognition of their achievement, each John Cotton Dana award winner receives a $10,000 development grant from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. Entries will be judged April 16-17 in Chicago. Awards will be presented June 24 at a reception hosted by EBSCO Publishing during the ALA annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards honor excellence in library interior design and promote examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts. They are co-sponsored by the ALA and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The winning projects will be selected by a jury of design and library professionals April 13 in Chicago. Winning designers and their library clients will be honored at an awards program June 24 at the 2012 ALA Annual meeting in Anaheim,Calif., and will be published in American Libraries and Contract.

The mission of the Library Leadership and Management Association is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LLAMA ( ) is a division of ALA.