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Library Connect Photo Contest seeks images for new posters

Contest is open to academic, special and medical librarians; the theme is “Never underestimate the importance of a librarian”

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Library Connect Photo Contest

In 2003, Elsevier introduced a popular series of posters with the theme Never underestimate the importance of a librarian. Library Connect is re-imagining those posters with photos crowdsourced from the global library community, and we are inviting librarians around the world to submit photos they have taken that exemplify the theme. The resulting posters will be freely available under a Creative Commons license for download from the Library Connect website for use in your library.

The grand prize winner will receive US $1,500, and two runners up will receive US $1,000 to help offset travel and registration costs to a library conference of each recipient's choice.

What makes a winning photo?

Like those featured in the previous posters, the image should capture the essence of research, discovery and transformation within a physical, life, health or social sciences, or arts and humanities setting.

For example, one poster featured a crew conducting an experiment inside a space station, while another showed a surgical team in an operating theater. In each photo, a librarian is identified as a participant, but the accompanying text explains that while a librarian wasn't actually there, the librarian played a vital role in enabling research breakthroughs and real world outcomes.

We are excited to see and share exciting visuals from the world and work that you help inform.

How to Enter

Library Connect Facebook page

Upload your submissions via the Library Connect Facebook page. (There will be a slight delay before they are visible because uploads will be moderated.) Don't have a Facebook account? Email your photo to, and we will confirm all the needed information and upload it for you. The deadline is November 30, 2014, at 4:59 pm EST.

You can also see other people's entries on the Facebook page.

FAQs are provided below; please consult the Official Contest Rules for full details.


Contest FAQ

Who is eligible to enter?

  • The Library Connect Photo Contest is open globally to currently employed academic (i.e., higher education), special or medical librarians who are 21 years of age or older.

Do I need to be in the photo?

  • Not at all. We think it would be tricky – though not impossible – to insert yourself and take the picture!

Can the photo have been previously published?

  • The photo can have been previously published as long as it was not awarded a prize in any other photo contest in the last two years and is not under copyright by a third party.

What kind of permissions and copyright are we talking about?

  • Photos must be original works taken by you, and you must have written consent of all identifiable subjects (see Official Contest Rules).
  • Photos will be uploaded under a Creative Commons CC BY license.
  • Contest entrants give permission for photos to be reused in communications materials, which will be made available to the library community free of charge.

How do I submit a photo?

Who is judging the contest?

  • Photos will be judged by the Library Connect editor and two judges from the library community.

What are the judges looking for?

  • The judges want to see striking images showing exploration, knowledge transformation or discovery within the fields of physical, life, health and social sciences, and arts and humanities.
  • Research or outcomes that you – in your capacity as a librarian – have helped inform.
  • Preferably, the image will depict a team of two or more individuals working together, such as that shown on the contest web page.

What format should the photo be in?

We want images that can be used in a print poster so we are asking that they be in:

  • High-resolution Jpeg, jpg or png file format
  • Up to 5 MB
  • Approximately 1,680 x 1,680 pixels (does not have to be exact, but any pixel size under 1,000 on either edge would likely be too small)
  • 240 to 300 dpi

How long does the contest run?

  • The contest opens runs through the end of November.

When do I find out if I have won?

  • Winners will be notified the week of December 19, 2014. The winning photos will be shared in posters at ACRL 2015 (March 25-28). Posters will also be posted online and be freely available to download and print.

What are the prizes?

  • There is a grand prize of US $1,500 intended for offsetting travel and registration costs to attend a library conference of choice.
  • Two runner-up prizes of US $1,000 are intended for offsetting travel and registration costs to attend a library conference of choice.

See the Official Contest Rules for full details.


Elsevier Connect Contributor

Colleen DeLoryColleen DeLory is Editor of the Library Connect Newsletter (@library_connect) and The Academic Executive Brief (@acadexecbrief). Before joining Elsevier in 2010, she worked in communications positions at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, where she started a faculty/staff news website. Her goal with Library Connect is to provide a forum in which librarians from around the world can share their thinking on broad and systemic issues, as well as practical, hands-on advice based on their own challenges and successes.

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