#IHeartUWLibraries Video Contest

Capture your love for UW Libraries in a video and submit your work to win up to $1,500!

Even during COVID closures, your UW Libraries are here for you, huskies!

Across all campuses, Libraries (and Libraries staff working remotely) provide access to a wide range of resources, programs and tools that support our UW community in so many ways. The student video contest is an opportunity to share your story–why do you “heart” the UW Libraries?

A few ideas for inspiration:

Think about the ways you interact with the Library remotely, all of the online tools and electronic resources that you can use. Think about the many Librarians who answer your questions 24/7 online and who provide expert advice on research, tools, publishing, writing and so much more!

  • Access to expert help anytime, anywhere!
  • The tools and resources available through the Libraries: access to books through “curbside” pick-up, interlibrary loan, electronic books, streaming media, research databases, digital collections, software and more! How have you used the Libraries for your own work/projects?
  • Libraries classes, workshops and community events that build connections and enhance skills.
  • Libraries support of student research, writing and publishing through the Open Scholarship CommonsOdegaard Writing and Research Center and Virtual Media Arcade.
  • A librarian who made a difference in your academic career, or supported your research or helped with a special project.
  • How faculty/instructors use the libraries to further their research, and/or how Libraries support teaching and learning in the classroom.
  • Highlight one of UW’s 16 unique libraries (UW Bothell, Tacoma, Tateuchi East Asia Library, Friday Harbor, etc. ) and the people and resources that are meaningful to your work.
  • How you see the Libraries mission, vision, values through your own experience.
  • A combination of all of the above!

Need more inspiration? Watch previous submissions from 20202019 and 2018 winners


First place: $1,500

Second place: $1,000

Third place: $500

  • UW undergraduate or graduate students are eligible from the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses. Applicants must be enrolled/active at the time videos are submitted.
  • Submissions must be entered by 11:59 pm on Monday March 15th
  • Video must be a maximum of 1 minute
  • One submission per student
  • Video must be original content
  • Video may not be publicly shared until winner announcements are made
  • Video production (filming) must not violate the Libraries code of conduct or specific Libraries policies
    • Additional release forms must be submitted for any other students featured in the video. It is the responsibility of the student applicant to secure release forms on behalf of all individuals featured in the video
    • By signing the release form, UW Libraries has rights to the video in perpetuity and may use the video for public communication and marketing
    • By signing the release form, you agree to give copies of editable files as Libraries may choose to use all or part of submitted videos to create new/original content.
  • Please adhere to all current social distancing guidelines when creating your videos
  • Judging will be done by a team of UW librarians, faculty and staff
  • No prior video creation or editing experience necessary
  • Winners will be announced no later than April 8th, 2021
  • General criteria: storytelling, creativity, effectively communicating the impact/importance of UW Libraries to student life and learning