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Contest sponsors bring new voices, momentum to final weeks of 2009 Sparky Awards

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Thu, 12 Nov 2009 18:36:13 -0500

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Forwarding on behalf of Jennifer McLennan.  Apologies for crossing 
posting.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2009

Contact:
Jennifer McLennan
(202) 296-2296 x 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

CONTEST SPONSORS BRING NEW VOICES, MOMENTUM
TO FINAL WEEKS OF 2009 SPARKY AWARDS

Washington, DC – Three new sponsors have thrown their support behind the 
2009 Sparky Awards, reinforcing the importance of new media and student 
voices in the global discussion on access to research, and adding new 
momentum to the contest in its final weeks: the New Media Consortium, 
the Center for Social Media, and the Open Video Alliance. Students have 
until December 6, 2009 to submit their entries.

The third annual Sparky Awards invite students to submit videos of two 
minutes or less that creatively portray the benefits of the open, legal 
exchange of information. The contest is well suited for adoption as a 
class assignment as well as an opportunity to promote library services – 
including media services or information commons, where students can edit 
video, browse media, work collaboratively, and learn about copyright and 
balancing features such as fair use. New 2009 sponsors attest to the 
wide relevance of the contest on campus and include:

•    The New Media Consortium (NMC), an international not-for-profit 
group representing some of the world's most forward-thinking companies 
and most highly regarded colleges, universities, museums, and research 
centers. NMC is dedicated to the exploration and use of emerging 
technologies for learning, research, and creative inquiry 
(http://www.nmc.org).

•    The Center for Social Media, an initiative of American University’s 
School of Communication, which examines strategies to use media as 
creative tools for public knowledge and action 
(http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org).

•    The Open Video Alliance, a coalition of organizations – including 
Mozilla, the Participatory Culture Foundation, Kaltura, and the 
Information Society Project at Yale Law School – committed to the idea 
that the basic tools for creating, sharing, and using video should be 
available to everyone (http://openvideoalliance.org).

These innovative organizations join the 2009 sponsors in driving the 
success of this contest this year: the Association of College and 
Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, Campus 
MovieFest, Penn Libraries, Students for Free Culture, the Student PIRGs, 
and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

“The Sparky Awards contest is an excellent way to facilitate the 
integration of new media into the classroom, and a great channel for the 
student voice to be heard,” said Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer 
for the New Media Consortium. “Students, via a multitude of creative 
forms and remix-friendly communities, are pressing hard for higher 
education to match their pace with the sharing and use of information 
and technology of all kinds. It’s our pleasure to sponsor the 2009 
Sparky Awards and help expand this important conversation.”

Entries in the international Sparky Awards competition must be received 
by 11:59PM Pacific time on December 6, 2009. To be eligible, videos must 
be freely available on the Internet and available for use under a 
Creative Commons License.

The international award-winning videos will be announced in conjunction 
with the January 2010 American Library Association Midwinter Conference 
in Boston and the Campus MovieFest 2010 Southern Regional Grand Finale. 
The Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 along with a 
Sparky Award statuette, a copy of Apple Final Cut Studio, and an iPod 
Nano (courtesy of Campus MovieFest). The Runner Up and People’s Choice 
Award winners will each receive $500 plus a personalized award 
certificate. At the discretion of the judges, additional Special Merit 
Awards may be designated.

For details on the contest, visit the Sparky Awards Web site at 
http://www.sparkyawards.org.

# # #

THE SPARKY AWARDS are organized and sponsored by SPARC (Scholarly 
Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), an alliance of academic 
libraries and research institutions working to build on the 
opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance 
the conduct of scholarship. Membership in SPARC is open to libraries of 
all sizes. For more information, visit http://www.arl.org/sparc.

-------------------------------------
Jennifer McLennan
Director of Communications
SPARC
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(202) 296-2296 x121
Fax: (202) 872-0884
*******************************
SPARC 2010 Digital Repositories Meeting
November 8 & 9 - Baltimore, MD
http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0223.shtml
*******************************
http://www.arl.org/sparc


-- 

Adrian K. Ho
Scholarly Communication Librarian
The University of Western Ontario
(519) 661-2111 x87832  |  [log in to unmask]

http://www.lib.uwo.ca/
http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/
https://www.lib.uwo.ca/blogs/digitalscholarly/

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