Video Competition – the importance of research in the library and information profession

We need your help in promoting the importance of research in the library and information profession!

All Australian library and information practitioners, students and researchers are invited to submit a short video (max. one minute) on why research is important for the library and information profession.

The video can be as simple or as creative as you like!

You might like to discuss why research is important within the profession generally, or within your own practice as a library and information professional specifically, or within a particular part of the library and information sector, for example public libraries, archives, special libraries etc.

Whatever approach you take remember to address the topic clearly and concisely.

All entrants to the competition will have the chance to win one of two prizes – First Prize and People’s Choice. Winners will receive a selection of research methods books valued at $284.80 from Footprint to start, or add to, their personal research library.

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Competition Guidelines:

To enter, record a brief video (maximum of one minute) about why research is important to the Australian library and information profession and email it to

File size an issue? Please note,  you may compress your video. There are also instructions on how to send large files using Gmail or alternatively products like DropSend which allow you to send large files from your PC, Mac or mobile device. If you experience any issues, please contact us using the above email address. We would be more than delighted to support you in performing this task.

By entering the competition you are consenting to have your name and video publicly displayed on the LISRA website (via the LISRA You Tube channel),  promoted by the LISRA social media channels, and via the project partners’ website and social media channels.

The competition is open to practitioners, students, researchers and academics working in the library and information profession in Australia.

All videos submitted should adhere to the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License.

You are also encouraged to share your video on Twitter, using the hashtag #LISRAproject

Videos should be of good quality (i.e. Clear sound, good resolution etc) but we do not expect these to be professionally produced. Submission of various types (e.g. One person talking to a webcam; cartoon, animated Powerpoint) are all welcome and do not require design expertise or editing to be considered for this competition.

First prize will be chosen by the LISRA Advisory Board. All videos will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Content – Does the video provide a compelling case in response to the theme: why is research important to the Library and Information profession?
  • Engagement – Is the case shared in an innovative and creative way?
  • Overall quality – how well has the video been produced? Has it been produced to ensure effective communication?

The competition will close 18 July, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.

Members of the library and information community will be invited to vote for the people’s choice prize from the 25th July to the 8th August.

The winners of both the first prize and people’s choice awards will be notified by email by 15th August, 2016 and will be publicly announced at the Australian Library and Information National Conference. The winners will also be announced via the LISRA webpage and social media channels, as well as the project partner webpage and social media channels.

LISRA project team and board members are not eligible to enter the competition.

If you have any questions or require further information please email

This competition was inspired by the CILIP Information Literacy Group’s ‘Why information literacy’ competition.