Two winners have been chosen in the ‘win a trip to PLA 2012’ contests that were recently sponsored by the Public Library Association (PLA). Winners will receive free registration to the PLA 2012 Conference, March 13-17 in Pennsylvania, four nights hotel, and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference.
The first, an essay contest aimed at current MLIS students, required entrants to submit a 150 word essay detailing why they would like to attend PLA 2012 and also showing their creativity and enthusiasm for the public library world. Essays were then evaluated by members of the PLA Board of Directors. Amy Mikel, MLIS student, University of Washington Information School, Seattle, was selected from more than 60 participants to receive the trip to PLA 2012.
PLA also held a short-video contest for librarians, which required entrants to create a 60-second video describing their library and what they would get out of attending PLA 2012. Fifteen contestants submitted entries. The top five videos (judged by members of the PLA Board of Directors) were placed on PLA’s Facebook page for final voting by the public, with the video drawing the highest number of “likes” named the winner. Catherine Pruett, youth services librarian at the Marion County (S.C) Library received 322 likes for her game-show themed video and won the prize.