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Jacob Roberts
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American Library Association offers $250 in prize money for best online video

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The American Library Association is holding a video contest. The first-place winner will receive $175, and the runner-up will receive $75.

To enter, create a video, upload it to Vimeo, tag it “library advocacy day,” and send your full name, phone number, city, state & the url of your work to [email protected] with the subject line “LAD video entry.”

Criteria, restrictions, etc.

Your video must

1. illustrate the importance of libraries
2. motivate people to attend the ALA’s rally for libraries during Library Advocacy Day
3. include interesting visuals and quality sound design
4. be no more than three minutes

Once you submit your video into the contest, ALA has a non-exclusive right to use it for promotional use without compensation. You also agree to allow ALA to contact you via email or phone.

All submissions must be uploaded, tagged and e-mailed by 12pm EDT, May 26, 2010. ALA will announce the winners and recipients of the prize money on Tuesday, June 1.

When putting together your video, please consider the Center for Social Media’s “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video” for guidance in using others’ material.

The funds for this contest are provided by the Eileen D. Cooke memorial fund. Cooke served as the director of the American Library Association Washington Office from 1972 to 1993 when she retired after 30 years of service with the association. Her indefatigable service in promoting library legislation and policy issues supporting our nation’s libraries was renowned. Eileen played a major role in the development, renewal and funding of key library legislation. Her admirable reputation on Capitol Hill positioned ALA to achieve innumerable successes. She was also instrumental in planning ALA’s National Library Legislative Day, helping to ensure that elected officials heard the voice of library supporters. Eileen passed away on April 30, 2000 at the age of 71. In her honor, ALA established a memorial fund (pdf) to support legislative advocacy.

Good luck, happy producing, and we look forward to your outstanding entries.

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