Winners of PLA feature article contest announced

Contact: Louisa Worthington

Public Library Association


For Immediate Release

February 19, 2009

The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the 2009 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 Julie Scordato, youth services leader, teen services at the Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library, for her article “Gaming as a Library Service," which appeared in the January/February 2008 issue.

Second prize of $300 goes to James Keller, director of marketing and communications for the Queens (N.Y.) Library System, for his article, "Branding and Marketing Your Library,” which appeared in the September/October 2008 issue.

Public Libraries Advisory Committee selects the winners of the contest. The prizes will be awarded during the PLA President’s Program at the on Monday, July 13, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Librarians interested in being considered for the 2010 awards can 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.