The SPARKY Awards - A Contest to Promote the Open Exchange of Information
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If you have an apple and I have an apple, and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea, and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
- George Bernard Shaw

Librarians’ Guide to Introducing the Sparky Awards on Your Campus

Active support from college and research libraries is at the center of the Sparky awards’ success. The contest is a great way to start or continue a conversation with students, teachers, researchers, and administration on several library issues – including:

  • Copyright
  • Fair use
  • Ethics
  • Resource costs
  • Sharing
  • New forms of scholarly publishing
  • and more

Here are a few ways to use the 2009 Sparky Awards to support your library programs:

  • Offer your own recognition, prizes, and Web posting of Sparky entries to create local excitement and engagement around the contest
  • Convene one or more training sessions focused on the Sparky Awards by introducing mash-up techniques and short-movie creation
  • Hang a poster in your digital or multimedia lab
  • Point teaching faculty to the Sparky Educators’ Guide to give them an idea on how to shake up fall curricula
  • Introduce at freshman library orientation
  • Incorporate the announcement into classes or workshops
  • Post Sparky ads on your library Web pages
  • Share videos about the contest, including the 2007 and 2008 winning entries and the 2008 promo

To suggest other ideas, please contact us.

Jennifer McLennan SPARC Director of Communications jennifer [at] arl [dot] org