Video contest asks students how school libraries change lives

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/04/2014


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with ProQuestAbrams, and SchoolTube, announces the launch of the School Library Month 2014 student video contest “Lives Change @ your library.” Contestants are urged to let loose their creativity and use humor, drama, music and/or special effects to illustrate how the school library program changes a student’s life. Contest rules and eligibility can be found at

“The theme for this year’s School Library Month, ‘Lives Change @ your library,’ is perfect for a student video contest,” said Gail Dickinson, AASL president. “School libraries change lives by teaching students to think critically, apply knowledge learned to new situations, share knowledge with others, and pursue personal growth. I look forward to seeing how our most important stakeholder – the student – interprets the influence their school library program has in their life.”

Submissions for the video contest will be accepted through April 15, and winners will be announced during School Library Month on April 29. Contest judges will select three winners from all entries received. Only one winner per school will be awarded.

Prizes will be awarded to both the student videographer and the student’s school library program. The student prize is a full set of School Library Month spokesperson Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books provided by Abrams. The school library program will receive a one-year subscription to CultureGrams, an online database from ProQuest that brings the world to the library and classroom. In addition to earning prizes, the winning videos will be featured on the AASL, ProQuest, and SchoolTube and websites and social networking platforms.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.