Thursday, May 7, 2009

19th Biennial MLA Public Relations Awards

The Public Relations Awards Ceremony honors the best public relations materials from
Massachusetts libraries, as chosen by a panel of distinguished judges.

The event was well attended and flowed efficiently, which is all that can really be asked of an award ceremony. There were many awards given in a myriad of categories, but the most rewarding part of the ceremony was the atmosphere.

As each award winner approached the stage, their pride in their profession and passion for library service was evident. After the ceremony, attendees took every opportunity to congratulate the winners; the mutual support amongst library professionals was palpable. Given the economic climate, it is especially heartening to be surrounded by such positivity.

The ceremony was presented by Co-Chairs of Massachusetts Library Association Public Relations Committee, Laurie Lessner (SAILS) and Greg Pronevitz (NEMRLS).

There were far more awards than would be reasonable to report here, but within a week MLA will post the winners of each category, photos, and a model press release for libraries who won awards on their website:

Rebecca Krznarich, Reference and Adult Services Librarian, Whitman Public Library

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