Public Libraries Magazine announces 2020 Feature Article Contest winners

For Immediate Release
Fri, 05/01/2020


Scott Allen

Deputy Director

Public Library Association

American Library Association


CHICAGO -- Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association, has announced the winners of its 2020 Feature Article Contest

Feature length articles submitted or published in 2019 were eligible to compete for two cash prizes. The author(s) must be employed in a public library at the time the manuscript is submitted. The articles were evaluated by members of the Public Libraries Advisory Committee. The winner of the Feature Article Contest receives $500. The committee also identified three runner-up articles eligible for the Honorable Mention Award, which includes a $300 cash prize. Those articles were voted on by readers through Facebook from April 17-24, 2020.

The 2020 Feature Article Contest award winner is Amy An, Instructional Services II Librarian at the Boca Raton (Fla.) Public Library, for her article The Mission-Informed Library Internal Marketing to Improve the Organizational Climate in the Public Library, which appeared in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue.

Three runners-up articles were also selected for the Honorable Mention Award contest. Those articles included:

Readers voting from April 17-24, 2020 chose Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach by Rhiannon B. Eades, Public Information Officer at Athens (Ga.) Regional Library System, for the 2020 Honorable Mention Award.

For more information on the Feature Article Contest, please contact the editor, Kathleen M. Hughes, at

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