Gale Celebrates National Library Week with Video Competition Showcasing Libraries that Bring Power to the User

Free access to valuable resources offered to libraries

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses,launched its third annual YouTube video contest in recognition of National Library Week (April 12 -18, 2009). Library fans are invited to create a one-minute video segment to promote their library and explain how it brings “power to the users” in their community or school.

$5,000 for You and Your Library

The winning entry will be awarded $2,500 and an additional $2,500 will be presented to the winner’s favorite library. Results will be announced at this year’s American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, July 9 -15, 2009. Finalist videos will be available for viewing at Gale’s booth.

This year’s contest, “Power to the User” Ad Madness, runs from April 12th to June 1, 2009. A panel of judges will determine the top five finalists and the winner based on the creativity of the video, the originality of the sentiment and its connection to the “Power to the User” theme. The videos will be featured on .

Video entries should be no shorter than 30 seconds and no longer than 60 seconds in length. Entrants must load their videos to the Librareo group on YouTube ( before midnight EST on June 1, 2009. Participants may submit as many videos as desired, provided each entry is entirely original. All entries must comply with the complete contest rules which can be viewed, along with video samples, at

Free Database Access

In addition to the video contest, Gale is offering open access to some of its most highly praised online resources through May 15, 2009. Librarians are encouraged to visit to download a free widget and install it on the library homepage, giving library users single-click access to online resources like Gale Directory Library and Global Issues in Context.

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

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