Public Libraries Feature Article Contest

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Each year the Public Libraries Advisory Committee chooses the best article written by a public librarian or public library worker and published in the previous volume year. Two prizes are awarded each year. The winner receives $500 and the article chosen for honorable mention receives $300.

Criteria include:

  • Author(s) must be a public library employee(s) at the time the manuscript is submitted.
  • Articles must have been submitted or published in 2018.
  • Articles must be feature length. Verso and Perspectives contributions will not be considered.

Congratulations to our 2021 recipients for articles published in 2020!

Winner: Mary Jo Finch, Director, Westbank Community Library, Austin, Texas, “Learning From Our Statistics – Twelve Simple Rules for Understanding and Using Our Numbers Better.”

Honorable Mention: Marissa Bucci, Youth Services Librarian, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn.; Jay Janoski, Assistant Director, Westhampton Public Library, Westhampton Beach, New York; Nicole Scherer, Assistant Director, Nassau Library System, New York, “Define & Design: The Bookstore Model of Customer Service.”

Past Recipients

2020 Recipients (Chosen from 2019 Volume Year)

Winner: Amy An, “The Mission-Informed Library – Internal Marketing to Improve the Organizational Climate in the Public Library

Honorable Mention: Rhiannon B. Eades, “Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach

2019 Recipients (Chosen from 2018 Volume Year)

Winner: Jane Holt, “Constructive Confrontation: Being Decisive Rather than Nice

Honorable Mention: Karen Pundsack, “Ransomware at the Library

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