Library to be honoured with Bookseller award

Katie Morhen, 23 Jan 2012 12:07

One of the nation’s best libraries will be given a Bookseller Industry Award as the competition added new categories this year, it was announced on Friday (January 20th).

Entries are now open, with libraries of particular interest as the awards aim to improve library image, particularly in light of budget cuts.

The Bookseller’s editor in chief and chair of the judges Neill Denny said: “In terms of this year’s changes, we felt that a category devoted purely to finding the best library would shine a positive light on libraries.”

He added that it would offset some of the negativity surrounding the cuts agenda, while libraries hoping to submit an entry need to do so by February 24th.

The winners will be revealed at a black-tie event in London’s Park Lane Hilton on May 14th, with two other new categories due to be recognised.

A professional and educational publisher will also be honoured, as well as the top academic publisher, with the judging panel to include Hodder Headline boss Martin Neild.

The Bookseller is currently running its own Fight for Libraries campaign, which aims to protect public libraries in the face of reform.

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