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John Cotton Dana (JCD) Award

Awards to USA, Canada, and International Libraries
and Associated Groups for Excellence in Public Outreach

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Foundation / Corporation

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H.W. Wilson Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO

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Awards to USA, Canada, and International libraries, Friends groups, service providers, and consulting agencies to recognize successful strategic library communication campaigns completed in 2016. Examples of winning strategies include high-impact summer learning programs, video presentations on why libraries are needed, partnerships with large businesses to increase library cardholders, school readiness programs, inspiration labs, and much more.

In recognition of their achievement, John Cotton Dana award winners receive a cash award from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The John Cotton Dana Awards are presented at an elegant reception hosted by EBSCO held during the American Library Association annual conference.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179527

Estimated Size of Grant:

For the 2016 awards, eight library campaigns completed in 2015 received grants of $10,000 each.

Term of Contract:

A JCD application must be a public relations/strategic communication program that occurred entirely during 2016, the 2015‐2016 academic year, or a multi‐year project completed in 2016.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Strategic library communication campaigns may be submitted by any library, Friends group, consulting agency or service provider.

All types of libraries are welcome to enter, and international entries are welcome. Entry narrative must be in English for review.

Eligible groups/libraries:

- College/University
- Public
- School
- Special
- State
- Friends Group
- Library Associations
- Library Consortia
- Others

The only exclusions are institutions represented by John Cotton Dana Award Committee members, John Cotton Dana Award Committee members from the previous year, organizational units of the American Library Association, and EBSCO Information Services and the H.W. Wilson Foundation.

Pre-Application Information:

Awards for entries selected will be announced in April 2017. All entrants will be invited to attend a special John Cotton Dana Awards Reception sponsored by EBSCO, the H.W. Wilson, and LLAMA/ALA at the ALA Annual Conference, where award‐winning campaigns will be honored.

Press release from May 31, 2016:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

Contact the JCD Committee Chair, Sally Lederer at or (651) 645‐5731 x102.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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