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Follett Challenge: Don’t miss this opportunity!

The upcoming holidays are an ideal time for you to work on your Follett Challenge entry. But get moving. The deadline for the fourth event is January 9th!

I know you are doing inspiring, innovative work in your libraries.  Why not go for a share of the $200,000 in products and services Follett will generously award?

Over the past three years, the contest has done so much to support worthy programs, to highlight the hard work of passionate professionals, and to showcase the innovations and contributions school librarians make to  their schools’ learning culture.  Simply browsing Follett’s YouTube video archive offers practitioners a wealth of new ideas and inspiration.

This year it is easier than ever to enter.  In its hub, Follett shares advice from judges who tell you exactly what they’re looking for in the online application and in the required three-to-five-minute video.

The comprehensive Tips and Resources page will help you prepare your entry. In a 10-minute video, Challenge judge, Sue Adelmann offers her expert perspective regarding what makes a successful application.  A Challenge Toolkit shares templates, social media tips, and walks you through promoting your successful entry.

The organizers also share a case study from the most recent grand-prize winner, outlining how to make entries work within the parameters of the judges’ scoring rubric.




So, what’s up for grabs?

Three semifinalists will each earn a $30,000 prize.  The grand-prize winner, selected from the semifinalists, will earn an additional $30,000, plus a celebration at their school. Ten $8,000 prizes will be awarded to “People’s Choice” winners — those schools whose videos receive the highest number of online votes from the public.

Key 2015 contest dates to keep in mind:

  • Jan. 9:  Entries close
  • Jan. 19: Video voting begins
  • Jan. 30: Video voting closes
  • Feb. 13: Semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice winners announced
  • April 30: Grand-prize winner announced
Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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