Even though it’s April, it’s not too early to think about entering your successful public relations campaign into the John Cotton Dana Awards. The John Cotton Dana Award honors outstanding strategic communication for libraries, including public relations, marketing and advocacy. Illinois has a pretty good track record of previous winners.
Entries are due in December and the committee meets at ALA Midwinter.
Lots of tips and tricks, along with a checklist for your entry can be found here.
Past Illinois Winners include:
2008 – Gail Borden Public Library for Space: Dare to Dream
2007- Milner Library at Illinois State University for Honoring Illinois State University’s First Librarian
2005 – North Suburban Library System for positioning of libraries as critical community services
2004 – Barrington Area Library for Simple Living series of programs