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1. January 2020: Davina is stepping down

Davina Omar, Chairwoman of the PPRG will be stepping down after many years in the post. Full details will be announced at the AGM, which will form part of the  PPRG Marketing Excellence Conference 2020 taking place at Aston University on the 31st of January.

Both Chair and Secretary posts will be nominated and voted in at the AGM and so far we have had the below nominations.

Davina Omar (current chair who is stepping down from this position) has been nominated for Secretary
Luke Fowler (current secretary) has been nominated for Chair

If you would like to nominate yourself or another member of the group to the Chair or Secretary position we would love to hear from you. Please send your nominations to on or before the 30th January.

Email for more information about the posts and we would be very happy to talk you through the positions. You don't have to attend the AGM to put nominations forward.


2. November 2019: Booking now open for the PPRG Marketing Excellence Conference 2020

If you're interested in marketing and communications in libraries and information environments then you're warmly invited to attend the Publicity & Public Relations Group Annual Conference. The day includes a keynote speech from Rachel Van Riel, founder and Director of Opening the Book as well as presentations from the PPRG Marketing Excellence Award winners. It's a great opportunity to share experiences and there's always something to learn from the award winners and other participants. Hosted at Aston University, lunch will be at Conference Aston. Click here to book.

When: 31/01/2020       10.00am - 4.00pm
Where: Aston University Library, Aston University, Birmingham, West Midlands  B4 7ET
Contact: Davina Omar  0208 231 2252


3. September 2019 CILIP PPRG Marketing Excellence Award Winners 2019 Announced

CILIP’s Publicity and Public Relations Group (PPRG) are delighted to announce the winners of the Marketing Excellence Awards 2019. The Awards recognise and celebrate successful marketing and promotional campaigns from libraries of all sizes and sectors across the country.

This year we have three award winners:

Shetland Libraries for “eServices on the Up!": Shetland’s entry showcased the usefulness of local knowledge when it comes to marketing activity. The range of activities they undertook to promote their digital services to residents in a geographically diverse area showed that staff considered their goals and how best to achieve them in a challenging environment.

Solihull Libraries for “They made it happen! Solihull's self-build revolution”: Solihull showed that libraries can directly support and impact local communities, via their campaign “They made it happen! Solihull’s self-build revolution”. Excellent use of non-financial resources and evidence of impact on local decision-making marked this entry for an award.

Staffordshire Libraries for “Burton Bedtime Stories”: Staffordshire’s “Burton Bedtime Stories” are short films of local people reading picture books, which are shown on social media in ‘series’. This successful campaign shows the power of using social media channels to reach new audiences when you have limited or no budget.

The judging committee were once again pleased by the range and variety of entries. Davina Omar, Chair of PPRG said:

“PPRG received a wonderful range of entries to the Marketing Excellence Awards this year and it was a real pleasure for the committee to read all about the exciting work taking place in our profession. The three award winners showcase this excellent work and we look forward to sharing their success with you all at the conference in January 2020.”

The awards will be presented at the annual PPRG Conference, held at Aston University on Friday 31st January 2020. Bookings for the event will open later this year.

For further information please contact the Marketing Excellence Awards Co-ordinator Michelle Bond at

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