2023 Core PR Xchange Award Winners Announced

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/05/2023


Jenny Levine

Director of Advocacy, Connections, and Engagement

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures

American Library Association


The Core PR Xchange Committee is delighted to announce the winners of this year's PR Xchange Awards Competition. This year, we have awarded 27 print winners and 34 electronic winners. Congratulations to those libraries! The PR Xchange Committee is charged with coordinating the annual awards competition, under the direction of the Awards and Scholarships Subcommittee of Core, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

More than 215 entries in print and electronic formats were submitted from over 100 institutions, including public, academic, school, state, and special libraries. Entries were evaluated by a jury of 15 virtual judges. Submissions were assessed based on the quality of content, format, design, creativity, and originality. The jury, which included a group of talented marketing professionals, graphic designers, librarians, and visual artists was very impressed by the innovative work submitted by these libraries. Winning entries will be on display at the PR Xchange Event from 11:00am - 1:00pm on Sunday, June 25, 2023, in room W194b, McCormick Place, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view and take home sample promotional materials from libraries across North America.

The PR Xchange Awards ceremony will take place after the PR Xchange Event in the same space from 1:00 - 1:45pm, where this year's co-chairs will distribute award certificates to the winners.

Winners are listed below by marketing category and then library budget. View the slideshow about the winning entries.

Print Winners (27 winners)

Advocacy /Fundraising/ Annual Reports, and Strategic Plans (4)

  • West Vancouver Memorial Library ($1- $5 million)
    2021 Impact Report
  • North Vancouver District Public Library ($5-$10 million)
    2021 Annual Report
  • Anaheim Public Library ($10-$15 million)
    25th Annual Mystery Authors Luncheon and Silent Auction: Sinister Shenanigans
  • University of Delaware Library (over $20 million)
    All Access - University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press Impact Report July 2021-June 2022

External Communications (6)

  • Xavier University Of Louisiana Library (Under $1 million)
    Library of the Future Helping You Succeed in the World of Today
  • Avon Lake Public Library ($1- $5 million)
    Summer Reading Program Guide 2022
  • North Vancouver District Public Library ($5-$10 million) 
    Welcome Brochure
  • Skokie Public Library ($10- $15 million)
    New Mover Postcard
  • University of Miami Libraries ($15 - $20 million)
    access | Minds Over Matter
  • University of Michigan Libraries (Over $20 million)
    The Connector

Materials Promoting Collections, Services, Resources (6)

  • Sherman Library- St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (Under $1 million)
    Lanyard card
  • Avon Lake Public Library ($1- $5 million)
    ALPL "Download the ALPL App" Mobile App Promotional Piece
  • North Vancouver District Public Library ($5-$10 million)
    Caring Community Kits & Resource Lists
  • Skokie Public Library ($10-$15 million)
    Bookmobile Craft
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library ($15-$20 million) 
    Book Me Genre Bookmarks
  • LA County Library (over $20 million) 
    Bruce’s Beach Commemorative Collection Display

Reading Programs (5)

  • Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library ($1- $5 million)
    Bookworm Spiralbound Books
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library ($5-$10 million)
    Summer Dare Mailer
  • Skokie Public Library ($10-$15 million)
    Summer Reading 2022 T-Shirts
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library ($15-$20 million) 
    One Book, One Village 2022
  • Salt Lake County Library (Over $20 million)
    Summer Reading Adventure Game

Special Events (5)

  • Avon Lake Public Library ($1- $5 million)
    Knitted Knockers Project
  • Clark County Public Library ($5- $10 million)
    Together we Rise
  • University of Wyoming Libraries ($10-$15 million)
    Conversations on Collecting Yellowstone 2022 Conference Program
  • Kitsap Regional Library ($15-$20 million)
    Silverdale Grand Opening
  • LA County Library (Over $20 million)
    Bookmark Contest Flyer & Entry Form

Exhibits (1)

  • Central Arkansas Library System (Over $20 million)
    "The Library, Rewritten."

Electronic Winners (34 winners)

Advocacy /Fundraising/ Annual Reports, and Strategic Plans (6)

  • Booth Library/Eastern Illinois University (Under $1 million)
    FY22 Annual Report
  • UTHSC Health Sciences Library ($1- $5 million)
    UTHSC Health Sciences Library 2022 Annual Report
  • UMKC University Libraries ($5 - $10 million)
    2022 Annual Report
  • Miami University Libraries ($10 - $15 million)
    No Box or Limits: a #MoveInMiami Thank You
  • University of Manitoba Libraries ($15 - $20 million)
    UML 2022 Annual Report
  • Vaughan Public Libraries (Over $20 million)
    VPL 2021 Annual Report

External Communications (7)

  • Booth Library/Eastern Illinois University (Under $1 million)
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library ($1 - $5 million) *tie
    Patron Welcome Campaign
  • Grand Forks Public Library ($1 - $5 million) *tie
    Blog: LEGO & Libraries: The Building Blocks of Imagination
  • Clark County Public Library ($5- $10 million)
    This is the Clark County Public Library
  • Plano Public Library ($10-$15 million)
    Engage Brochure
  • James Madison University Libraries ($15-$20 million)
    Carrier Library Renovation and Expansion
  • Prince George's County Memorial Library System (Over $20 million)
    Hard Hat Librarian

Materials Promoting Collections, Services, Resources (7)

  • Medical Library at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) (Under $1 million)
    COVID-19 USEK Medical Library Guide
  • Jackson Madison County Library ($1- $5 million)
    This Book Character is a 10, but...
  • North Vancouver District Public Library ($5- $10 million) * tie
    Staff Picks Graphics 
  • Mesa Public Library ($5- $10 million) * tie
    New Best Friend: Your Library Card
  • Mississippi Library Commission ($10- $15 million)
    Sharks in the Library
  • Prince William Public Libraries ($15 - $20 million)
    MAGIC Minute Video Series
  • Washington University Libraries (Over $20 million)
    Libraries Residence Hall Posters

Reading Programs (7)

  • Livonia Public Library (Under $1 million)
    Livonia Public Library 2022 Summer Reading Program
  • Main Library SEO Library Center ($1 - $5 million)
    Early Literacy Bookmarks
  • Ascension Parish Library ($5- $10 million) *tie
    Summer Reading 2022 Kickoff Video
  • Longwood Public Library ($5- $10 million) *tie
    Your Library Is a Treasure: Summer Reading 2022
  • Anaheim Public Library ($10-$15 million)
    Read Beyond the Beaten Path
  • Schaumburg Township District Library ($15-$20 million)
    Summer Challenge promo video
  • LA County Library (Over $20 million)
    Winter Reading Club Flyer

Special Events (5)

  • Story Library- Central Baptist College (Under $1 million)
    Finals Week Digital Signage
  • Shasta Public Libraries ($1- $5 million)
    Bike Maintenance 101
  • Montana State University Library ($5- $10 million)
    Dayton Duncan Event Poster 
  • Central Arkansas Library System (Over $20 million) *tie
    Strange Things at the Book Sale
  • Vaughan Public Libraries (Over $20 million) *tie
    Masks in the Library

Virtual Exhibits (2)

  • Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library ($1 - $5 million)
    2022, a Year in Review!
  • Vaughan Public Libraries (Over $20 million)
    VMC Library Virtual Tour

All libraries are invited to mail in their promotional materials (30-50 copies) to be shared with colleagues at the PR Xchange Event, regardless of whether you won an award this year. Approximately 1,000 ALA Annual Conference attendees visit the PR Xchange event each year. Download mailing labels



For more information about the PR Xchange Committee, please contact :
Mark Aaron Polger, chair
2023 PR Xchange Awards Competition
Awards and Scholarships Sub-committee
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