MISSISSIPPI LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Public Relations Award


The Public Relations Award winners will be announced during the Awards Luncheon at the annual Mississippi Library Association convention held in October of each year.

Entries representing Mississippi libraries will be accepted in an organized format relevant to the project: scrapbooks, displays, audio/video tapes, slides, DVDs, online submissions, etc. The categories of entries are as follows:
  • Best effort by an individual library to publicize library services around a single theme or event.
  • Best coordinated effort of several libraries to publicize library services around a single theme or event.
  • Best year-round effort by an individual library to publicize library services in general.
  • Best year-round coordinated effort by a group of libraries to publicize library services in general.
  • Golden Book Award–Most outstanding volunteer effort by an individual or group deemed to have contributed most to library awareness in the past or present.
  • Best newsletter submitted by library group. Please submit one newsletter edition that best represents the library’s best public relations activities.
Guidelines are as follows:
  • All entries are required to have a project abstract. Failure to submit abstract will render entry invalid. Online submissions require a written abstract to be submitted providing the appropriate links to entry and the information requested below.
  • All parts of an entry must be clearly identified, and their role in the project must be stated.
  • Public Relations Awards Criteria have been developed to aid in submission and judging. Please be sure to consult these criteria as entries are developed. Entries will be judged based on these criteria. Based on the Awards Criteria, a minimum score of 75 is required for consideration of award. See MLA Public Relations Awards Criteria (PDF)
  • Awards will not be presented if the criteria and minimum score aren’t met.
  • Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and include the following information:

 Type of Library:
( ) College/ University ( ) Institution ( ) Public ( ) Special ( ) School
 Name of Library:
 (if branch, list headquarters):
 Address:
 
 
 Name and affiliation of person reporting:
 
 Phone number:
 Entry's audience:
 Entry's objective:
 
 
 Estimated population served by library:


The time frame for entries is the fiscal year (October-August) prior to the MLA convention. Entries must be received by September 1 of each year.

Please send your entry (with the above entry form) to:

MLA Attn: Awards Committee, PO Box 13687
Jackson MS 39236-3687 or via email to info@misslib.org

Winners

2015


Best Newsletter:
Laurel-Jones County Library System

Best Effort by an Individual Library to Publicize Library Services Around a Single Theme or Event (2 awards):

University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Jennifer Brannock  & Special Collections University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Elena Azadbakht & Jennifer Brannock


Best Coordinated Effort of Several Libraries to Publicize Library Services Around a Single Theme or Event:
Hattiesburg Public Library & University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Jennifer Brannock and Sean Farrel

Best Year-Round Effort by an Individual Library to Publicize Library Services in General:
Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library, Member of the First Regional Library System

Best Year Round Coordinated Effort by a Group of Libraries to Publicize Library Services in General:
First Regional Library System

2014


Best effort by an individual library to publicize library services around a single theme or event:

Lafayette County&Oxford Public Library

  

Best coordinated effort of several libraries to publicize library services around a single theme or event:

University of Southern Mississippi Special Collections and Pascagoula Public Library

This was a collaborative effort by Jennifer Brannock of USM, Special Collections Department and Jessica Herr of the Pascagoula Public Library

 

Best year-round effort by an individual library to publicize library services in general:

Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library, Seth Wilson and Blake Adams

 

Best year-round coordinated effort by a group of libraries to publicize library services in general:

First Regional Library

 

Golden Book Award:

Trustee, Jackson-George Regional Library System


2013

Best Newsletter:
Pass Christian Public Library

Best Effort by Several Libraries to Promote Library Services Around a Single Theme or Event:
First Regional Library

Best Year-Round Effort by an Individual Library to Publicize Library Services in General:
Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library

Best Effort by an Individual Library to Publicize Library Services Around a Single Theme or Event:
Special Collections, University of Southern Mississippi; Pass Christian Public Library; and Emily J. Pointer Library, Como

2012

Submission for Best coordinated effort of several libraries to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
First Regional Library

Best effort by an individual library to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
Emily Jones Pointer Public Library, Como, MS

2011

Best newsletter:
Mississippi Library Commission

2010

Best coordinated effort of several libraries to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
First Regional Library

Best effort by an individual library to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
Mississippi Library Commission

2009

Best effort by an individual library to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
Mississippi Library Commission

Best newsletter:
Mississippi State University Libraries

2008

Best effort by an individual library to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
Coldwater High School Library

Project - “The Many Faces of Our World” multicultural festival presented a school-wide integrated project that highlighted various subject areas resulting in increased teacher and classroom usage and a doubled library budget.

Best coordinated effort of several libraries to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
Central Mississippi Regional Library System

Project - Summer Reading Program scrapbook was created to show interested parties the range of programming available to the service area and the library’s level of commitment to the children.

Best newsletter:
University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

Project - The purpose of the newsletter is to increase library visibility and inform users of the services, resources, and programs available.

Special Recognition:
J. D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Project - This unique project showcased the library’s services and special collections and the utilization of technology. It was presented during the 2008 Presidential Debate, a once in a lifetime event with national/international implications.

2007

Best effort by an individual library to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
Eudora Welty Library

Best coordinated effort of several libraries to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
First Regional Library System

Best year-round effort by an individual library to publicize library services in general:
Waynesboro-Wayne County Library

Best year-round coordinated effort by a group of libraries to publicize library services in general:
Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System

Best newsletter submitted by library group:
Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library

2006

Best effort by an individual library to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
(tie)
Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library
Eudora Welty Library

Best coordinated effort of several libraries to publicize library services around a single theme or event:
Central Mississippi Regional Library System

Best year-round effort by an individual library to publicize library services in general:
Natchez Adams Wilkinson Library System

Best year-round coordinated effort by a group of libraries to publicize library services in general:
Central Mississippi Regional Library System

Best newsletter:
Mississippi State University Libraries

Golden Book Award – Most outstanding volunteer effort contributing to library awareness:
Mississippi Library Commission
Friends of Mississippi Libraries, Inc.
Mississippi Library Association

Special Recognition:
Hancock County Library System


        

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