Deadline Approaches for the First Ever LibraryAware™ Community Award

~ Annual Award Recognizes Libraries That Make a Difference in Their Communities and the Cities and Towns That Support Them ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 3, 2013 — The deadline is approaching for libraries interested in submitting entries for the first-ever LibraryAware Community Award. Submissions must be postmarked by February 1st. The LibraryAware Community Award recognizes cities and towns and their libraries, or library systems, that have demonstrated their ability to make the community aware of what the library can do for them—and have delivered on that promise. The award is given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Publishing.

The LibraryAware Community Award highlights the value that communities throughout the United States and Canada derive from their libraries and focuses on the outcomes of work by libraries—through the development of effective programs, services, partnerships, and communications—that result in better communities and an increased understanding of how libraries contribute to a community’s well-being.

NoveList Vice President Duncan Smith says the award has a unique focus rewarding both libraries and their communities. “We believe libraries are essential to successful communities and that there is a symbiotic relationship between libraries and the people they serve and we want to celebrate those relationships.”

LibraryAward Project Lead, Nancy Dowd, says, “This is a notable award for a community to receive. It says that the community is a shining example of what every community could be – a place for individuals to grow, learn, and work together.”

The LibraryAware Community Award will be given annually to a community of any size and its library during National Library Week. It will be presented to the city or town officials and the library director. The city or town will receive a plaque identifying it as a “LibraryAware” community. The winning library will receive $10,000, with second place receiving $7500, and third place receiving $5000. The first winners will be announced in April 2013 and the winning library will be featured in an article in Library Journal that same month.

Additional information about the submission guidelines is available on the Library Journal website at:


About Library Aware

LibraryAware is available as a subscription service to libraries. Uses for the LibraryAware program include a full range of marketing and communication channels including email blasts, e-newsletters, flyers, bookmarks, brochures, website inserts, letters, invitations, and social media. Learn more about LibraryAware at:

About EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost®, the world’s premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and e-books. The company provides more than 375 databases and more than 350,000 e-books. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service ( For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at:, or contact: EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.


For more information, please contact:

Kathleen McEvoy
Public Relations Director
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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