PLINKIT Collaborative receives ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award

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For Immediate Release,

March 10, 2008

PLINKIT Collaborative receives ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award

CHICAGO - Public Library Interface Kit (PLINKIT) Collaborative, is the 2008 co-recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Leadership and Professional Achievement Award presented by the ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award is a citation presented to one or more ASCLA members in recognition of leadership and achievement in the following areas of activity: consulting, multi-type library cooperation, networking, statewide service and programs and state library development.

PLINKIT Collaborative ( is a collaborative project of the Colorado State Library, Oregon State Library, Texas State Library and Illinois Regional Libraries that allows small libraries to customize and enrich websites, providing links to reference databases, local and world newspapers and many other information-rich resources.

“The PLINKIT Collaborative is an innovative, multi-state technology project that was chosen for this award in recognition of its significant impact on libraries and communities across a broad section of America,” said Kathleen Hegarty, ASCLA awards committee chair. “The PLINKIT Collaborative also represents a pioneering initiative, being the first collaborative technology project of its kind among state library and regional agencies.”

“This project demonstrates how leadership by cooperating agencies can result in better achievement for libraries,” stated Eugene Hainer, director of the Colorado State Library.

The award will be presented during the ASCLA Awards Ceremony 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 29, during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim (Calif.).