Best of Show PR competition entries due April 5

Contact: Arawa McClendon


For Immediate Release

March 7, 2003

“Best of Show” PR competition entries due April 5

Libraries are invited to submit their best public relations materials from 2002 for the Best of Show contest, which occurs every summer during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.
Any library, Friends group or other may send entries by April 5, 2003.

This year, both American and Canadian libraries are invited to compete due to the historic binational meeting that will join the ALA and the Canadian Library Association. The contest is still being run by Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) Public Relations and Marketing Section’s Swap & Shop Committee.

“The competition this year promises to be the best ever, since we expect the cream of the creative crop of promotional materials from all types of libraries in seven provinces and 50 states,” said Swap & Shop Committee Chair Kären Richgruber. “The entry form is a snap to fill out because we don’t want anything to deter libraries from sharing the fruits of their creative labors.”

The Best of Show competition has 12 categories:

  • Annual Reports
  • Bibliographies
  • Calendars of Events
  • Diversity Materials
  • Fundraising
  • Newsletters
  • Services/Policy/Orientation Materials
  • Special Events/Programs
  • Web Site Promotions (print)
  • Children’s Summer Reading Program
  • Young Adult Summer Reading Program
  • Adult Summer Reading Program

Libraries may apply in as many of the 12 categories as desired, but may submit only one entry per category. Items must have been produced during 2002, and entries will be accepted only between March 4 and April 5, 2003. There is no entry fee.

Judging will be done by librarians and PR professionals, who will select a first place, second place and possible honorable mentions in each category based on content, design, originality, format and effectiveness.

The awards will be presented to the winners Sunday, June 22, at 11 a.m., and winning entries will be on display during the Swap & Shop program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on that day at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

For consideration, four copies of each item and the application form should be mailed to:

2003 Best of Show Competition

attn: Dee Wood

c/o University of Kentucky Law Library

620 S. Limestone St.

Lexington, KY 40506-1148

Tel: (859) 257-2925


NOTE: You must include the complete ZIP + 4 postal code.

Detailed information is available from Dee Wood, at the address and telephone number listed above. For an entry form, see the
LAMA Web site or contact Arawa K. McClendon, Communications Officer, LAMA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; E-mail; fax: (312) 280-5033; phone: (312) 280-5035.

LAMA is a division of the ALA.