John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Grant Increased to $10,000 – Applications Available

Applications for the 2012 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards are now available at: For the first time, applications will be grouped in categories based on library budget, and up to eight $10,000 grants will be awarded.

The John Cotton Dana Award honors effective strategic communication campaigns that show results – no matter what size or type of library.  The award is provided in conjunction with the H.W. Wilson Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO Publishing, and is managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA.

For 2012, the entry guidelines and judging criteria have changed. Entries no longer require a presentation portfolio. An electronic file containing a three-page narrative and any supporting materials that show evidence of your work are all that your entry requires. The deadline to enter is March 15, 2012.

The contest is open to libraries of all sizes, types and budgets, agencies and associations that promote library service. Entries will now be judged in the following budget categories (library’s total annual operating budget):
• Up to $999,999
• $1 – $5 million
• $5.1 – $15 million
• $15.1 – $30 million
• + $30 million

Entries will be judged on Needs Assessment & Planning (35%), Implementation & Creativity (35%), and Evaluation (30%). John Cotton Dana Award winners will be announced on April 27, 2012, and will be honored at an elegant reception hosted by EBSCO Publishing during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 21-25, 2012.

See for complete contest details and previous award winners.

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