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May 3, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
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MnDOT Library wins national public relations award


ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation Library recently received the 2012 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award from the American Library Association.


The award is presented to libraries for outstanding achievement in public relations. It has been awarded continuously since 1946 and is considered to be the most prestigious of all library awards in the field of public relations.

MnDOT Library is a technical library focused primarily on civil and transportation engineering with additional strengths in management, environment, computer software, leadership and risk management. The library serves MnDOT staff as well as city and county engineers, consultants, students, University of Minnesota staff and the public who need these unique resources. 

MnDOT received the honor for its creation of a “moving knowledge” campaign to convey updated library space and resources and improve outreach efforts.

“MnDOT is honored to receive this amazing award,” said MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. “As we continue toward our goal of becoming a transportation leader and employer of choice that delivers value to the public, it is essential that our employees and other transportation stakeholders know about the resources available to them to bring us closer to that goal. The MnDOT Library is one of those resources.” 

A complete space redesign transformed the department’s basic government library into a warm and inviting environment.

“The marketing campaign was a huge success that has brought in new library users from all around the state,” Sorel said.

MnDOT was one of eight libraries out of a record 108 contenders that received 2012 John Cotton Dana Awards, an honor that has predominantly been awarded to public and academic libraries in years past.

The John Cotton Dana Awards will be presented June 24 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.


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