LAMA announces 2001 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award Winners

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ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

January 2001

LAMA announces 2001 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award Winners

Nine libraries are winners of the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, which recognizes and honors outstanding achievement in library public relations.

In recognizing the nine winning library organizations, Caroline Oyama, chair of the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award Committee said, “This was an exciting year with a very wide range of libraries entering. The entries depicted public relations programs reaching out to many diverse populations and interests. The committee was extremely pleased to see the overall strength of the entries, as well as a significantly greater number of submissions.”

The winners of the 2001 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award are:

  • Bellingham Public Library, Wash., for a spirited celebration of the joy of reading that heightened awareness of the library and its mission through the “Catch ‘em Reading Photo Contest.”
  • Denver Public Library, Colo., for mounting an energetic and effective pre-emptive public relations response strategy towards an expose on “Dr. Laura” Schlessinger’s television show, in which the library was targeted.
  • Dr. Eugene Clark Library, Lockhart, Texas, for “Up on the Roof with the Loony Librarian.” With an off-beat and determined spirit, a librarian camped on the library’s dome for a week to raise funds for renovations to her library.
  • Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, Colo., for their raffle of a 1946 Indian Chief motorcycle to help restore the city’s historic Carnegie library. This unusual raffle generated funds, as well as new library users.
  • King County Library System, Issaquah, Wash., for their updated visual identity featuring a new branding mark and a focused strategic marketing effort that encouraged their community to “Turn to us. The choices will surprise you.”
  • The Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, Indianapolis, Ind., for the “Once Upon a Millennium” community party celebrating reading and libraries. District-wide participation and a special appearance by Garfield the cat made for a memorable and successful event.
  • New Mexico State University Library, Las Cruces, N.M., for its “Dino-mite” campaign, which capitalized on the public relations power of the dinosaur skull “Stan,” the most popular attraction on campus, by celebrating a $3 million naming gift and honoring the donors.
  • Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix, Ariz., hit a home run with its summer reading program, “Read Your Way to the Ballpark,” partnering with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the
    Arizona Republic, a major newspaper. The program united the Maricopa County libraries for the first time.
  • West Bloomfield Township Public Library, Mich., for “Score Big with Books: They’ll Score Big With You,” a spirited public relations campaign that increased summer reading participation by 82 percent.

The John Cotton Dana Award is sponsored by the H. W. Wilson Company, Bronx, N. Y., and the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). H. W. Wilson Company and the ALA have jointly sponsored the awards since 1946.

Winning entries will be on display at the John Cotton Dana Award booth in the exhibit area during the ALA Annual Conference, June 14-20, in San Francisco. Conference participants also will be able to view the entries on Sunday, June 27, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the LAMA “Swap and Shop” program.

The awards will be presented to winners at a reception to be held during the ALA Annual Conference.