Always wanted to be a star? Now you’ve got 2 chances!

The year is still young and already the YouTube opportunities abound. With promises of prizes!

MLA “Revitalizing Your Message”

Submissions Due: February 11

This “contest” invites you to be part of the Cancer Section’s MLA 2011 program (co-sponsored by Public Health/Health Administration Section, Leadership and Management Section, Library Marketing SIG, Medical Library Education Section, Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG, New Members SIG).  But you don’t have to be coming to the conference to participate!

From the official announcement: “Have you ever found yourself on the elevator with major players at your institution and wanted to communicate how the services your library provides can benefit them? How do you tell your family and friends what you do  What about a stranger on a plane? This session will showcase some tried-and-true examples of descriptions of the different roles of medical librarians, including directors, reference, instruction, genomics, consumer health, technical services, and more.

To encourage participation of those librarians who may or may not be able to attend MLA ’11, the program will include video submissions.  While public services, reference, clinical medical librarians, informationists, library directors/managers, and other frontline people may be those who might normally use an “elevator speech,” think about ways you might send out a consistent message when answering questions on budgets, access issues, and anything else. Let those viewing the submissions know how well your message works!”

For more information, check out the website.

NLM & You: the video…

There’s not a lot of information out yet about this one, but start thinking about how you can make a movie out of how NLM’s resources and services have helped your library.  What’s the occasion?  NLM’s 175th birthday, of course!

NLM plans to launch the contest with a posting on its website of entry
instructions, contest rules, and other information.  Stay tuned, the
contest will be announced soon.  Questions should be directed to:
videocontest@nlm.nih.gov

(who wants to host the Midwest viewings?  I’ll bring the cheesy popcorn…)

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