Winners of PLA feature article contest announced

Contact: Louisa Worthington

Public Library Association


For Immediate Release,

April 8, 2008

Winners of PLA feature article contest announced

The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce the 2008 winners of its annual feature article contest. The contest awards cash prizes to the authors of the best feature articles written by public librarians and published in the previous year’s issues of Public Libraries magazine.

The first prize award of $500 goes to Barbara Pitney, reference services coordinator for the King County (Wash.) Library System, and Nancy Slote, branch library manager at the Seattle Public Library, for their article “Going Mobile – The KCLS Roving Reference Model,” which was published in the January/February 2007 issue.

Second prize of $300 goes to Rose M. Frase, assistant library manager at the Perry Hall Branch of the Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library, and Barbara Salit-Mischel, library manager at the Reistertown Branch of BCPL, for their article, “Right-Sizing the Reference Collection” which also was published in the January/Feburary 2007 issue.

The Public Libraries Advisory Committee selects the winners of the contest. The prizes will be awarded during the PLA President’s Program at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Public librarians interested in being considered for the 2009 awards, should visit for submission guidelines, or e-mail for more information.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA's core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.