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The front cover of "Tidings: An Annual Communique from the Marian Library"; which features a depiction of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a large orange and yellow halo behind her head. Her dark hair is up in twists and ribbons. She is wearing a cloak of bright pinks, oranges with swirls and a turquoise layer underneath. She holds a white dove with a ribbon in it's beak. The teaser copy reads: "Wayfinding in the Library; An Oak Anniversary; A Review of the Academic Year"; Behind the cover is a blue sky background. Gold confetti falls from the top. A white word balloon reads "And the winner is..."

‘Tidings’ Earns National Public Relations Award

By Katy Kelly

Tidings, volume 1, published in 2023 by Marian Library faculty and staff, won the American Library Association’s top honor for born-digital advocacy and annual reports in its annual PR Xchange awards competition. The publication stood out amongst 334 entries to the competition’s panel of 25 judges. 

Tidings is the newsletter and annual report of the Marian Library. It is a reimagining of the Marian Library Newsletter, which ran from 1944 to 2023. 

“When we initially expanded the newsletter to include more pages, a fresh design and engaging stories on collections, exhibits, research, programs and people, it became much more than a newsletter — worthy of an identity all its own,” said Kayla Harris, associate professor, director of the Marian Library and editor of Tidings

Tidings features reflections and stories about collections, outreach, events and exhibits. “Besides providing an annual report of successes and numbers, it gives readers a deeper connection with the Marian Library and a better understanding of the work its faculty, staff and volunteers have done since its founding in 1943,” Harris said.

Congratulations to everyone who worked on this award-winning publication:

  • Editor: Kayla Harris 
  • Assistant editor/graphic designer: Ann Zlotnik 
  • Editorial support: Maureen Schlangen 
  • Photography/digitization: Ryan O’Grady, Kennedy Kish ’24 
  • Contributors: Melanie Fields, Henry Handley, Bridget Retzloff and Michelle Schweickart

The next issue of Tidings will be published this fall. 

This is the sixth project from the University of Dayton Libraries to win PR Xchange honors. Past successes include:

— In the University Libraries, Katy Kelly is a professor and assistant dean of strategic communication and outreach.

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