LISNPN is very excited to announce a new competition, in association with CILIP!
First prize is a full pass to CILIP’s biennial, two day Umbrella conference which takes place at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield (near London), including accommodation and social activities! This prize is worth around £500 and will hopefully give an invaluable opportunity for a New Professional to attend an event normally out of our price range... You can see information about the conference here: Umbrella Website.
Second prize is a pass to the CILIP New Professionals Conference! There will also be the opportunity for you to speak at the conference about your entry to the competition - this is optional though, so don't be deterred from entering the competition if you aren't keen on public speaking...
The CILIP New Professionals Conference takes place in June; Umbrella in July.
The competition is very straightforward. Create some library advocacy materials and package them up in such a way that they reach beyond the usual audience for library-related materials. It could be that you create a video so fantastic it gets watched by the kind of people who never normally watch library videos, or create a slide-deck that is so attractive it gets picked up the kind of people who never normally see slide-decks about libraries. It could be an article in a newspaper, or on a website, or it could be an event, or an art-work, or anything at all. The only criteria are that it should raise awareness about libraries or librarians, and try to reach new audiences - to escape the echo chamber, rather than just preach to the converted (i.e other librarians).
The winner will be the person judged to have done the best job of 'stealth advocising' libraries. It won't necessarily be the person who reaches the highest number of people (although it could be), but whomever is judged to have created the most innovative and successful idea to promote libraries to non-traditional demographics. It's about the concept, and how well it is executed.
The competition is open to any member of LISNPN (and you can join especially to enter, that's fine) who is a decade or less into their career. We'd encourage everyone to enter, whether you have experience of advocacy efforts or not. The competition will be judged solely on your entries, and previous activities in the area of library advocacy will not be taken into account. First timers welcome! Veterans equally so.
The thing about this competition is, the industry and the profession benefit from ALL the advocacy efforts that will arise from this, not just the particular projects which win the prizes in the end.
The competition will be judged by CILIP CEO Annie Mauger, CILIP Past President Biddy Fisher, LISNPN admin Ned Potter and former New Professionals Coordinator Chris Rhodes.
For the full terms and conditions, and to enter, go to the official competition page on the network.
To ask any questions, and discuss the competition and your entries, go to the official forum thread.
Please tweet, share, and otherwise try and tell as many people about this competition as possible. And good luck!