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Win $1K in the Purdue Libraries “Why I Love WALC” Video Contest; Entry Deadline Nov. 6

October 6th, 2017

Why I Love Purdue Libraries' WALC Video Contest 2017Show what you love about the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center and the Library of Engineering and Science and you could win $1,000 in the 2017 Purdue University Libraries’ Video Contest!

This year, with the opening of the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC), the Purdue Libraries’ annual video contest will have the theme: “Why I Love Purdue Libraries’ WALC.”

All students who attend Purdue University on the West Lafayette campus are eligible to enter. Prizes are as follows:

  • 1st Prize = $1,000
  • 2nd Prize = $750
  • 3rd Prize = $500

Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. Complete rules and guidelines are listed below.

Students interested in entering video productions are encouraged to focus on the many resources offered in the building, including, but not limited to:

Winners will be announced in mid-November, early December.

Why I Love Purdue Libraries’ WALC Video Contest Rules & Guidelines

About the Contest

This video contest is an opportunity for Purdue University undergraduate and graduate students to communicate in a visual, video format why they love the Purdue University Libraries’ newly opened library building, the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, which houses the Library of Engineering and Science.

Finalists will be selected by a student panel comprised of the Undergraduate Student Libraries Advisory Council (USLAC). Winners will be selected by the Dean of Libraries and Libraries Associate Deans.

Who Can Enter

Purdue undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Purdue University (West Lafayette campus) are eligible to enter the contest.

What and How to Enter

  • All video entries must be an original work made between October and November 2017.
  • There is no fee for submitting the entry.
  • Only one entry may be entered per person or group/team.
  • A maximum of six people may participate in any one group/team, and group/team members will evenly split any awarded prize.
  • Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.
  • Files can be sent to, or if the file sizes are too large, please submit via DropBox, WeTransfer, Purdue’s File Locker service, or some other online transfer service/resource to the above-listed email address. Only files sent through one of these ways will be entered into the contest; please DO NOT send a YouTube or Vimeo link.
  • Please submit a transcript or caption file of the dialogue or text appearing in the video and include it with the video file sent to or in a compressed folder sent via a file transfer service (see above).


The Undergraduate Student Libraries Advisory Council (USLAC) will judge all eligible videos and make recommendations to the Dean of Libraries and Associate Deans of Libraries for final approval.


Winning first-, second-, and third-place video producers will be awarded the following: 1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $750; and 3rd Place = $500. The monetary award will be given to an individual, or divided evenly among the group if the submission is a team project. All monetary awards will run through financial aid and post to any outstanding balance first before payment is made to any winner.

The winning videos may be used by Purdue University Libraries in marketing and promotional materials. The videos selected as finalists may appear on Purdue University Libraries’ website ( or via Purdue University’s social media channels.

The Fine Print

  • Terms of Use for Contestants: Contestants agree that Purdue University may publish their videos and name(s) and may use both in future advertising campaigns and/or marketing materials; entry of a video affirms that contestants agree to the terms of use.
  • All participants must be 18 years or older.
  • Video entries must be between 1-3 minutes in length.
  • A transcript or caption file must be submitted with each video to meet ADA compliance (file should be included in a compressed folder with the video file).
  • Videos must focus on the Wilmeth Active Learning Center and Library of Engineering and Science spaces, environment, services, resources, and expertise and should illustrate diversity and be representative to the University/Libraries constituencies.
  • All contest entrants must be current, enrolled students at Purdue University West Lafayette as of Sept. 1, 2017.
  • Videos may have up to 6 producers/team members, with the award divided evenly among the team.
  • Entries may be live-action or animation.
  • Copyright Guidelines: Music, images, and video clips included in the video must be legally obtained either by obtaining the copyright holder’s permission, using materials licensed through Creative Commons licensing, or using entirely original content created by the person(s) submitting the project.
  • Purdue University Libraries has no obligation to use the winning videos for any purpose whatsoever.
  • Purdue University is not responsible for any lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, or illegal submissions.
  • No entries will be returned.
  • Purdue University Libraries staff may disqualify any entry based on content and/or production.
  • All costs associated with making and submitting a video are the contestant’s responsibility. Purdue University will not reimburse or be responsible for any costs incurred in the making or submission of any entry.
  • Purdue University Libraries reserves the right not to choose a winner.
  • All monetary awards will run through financial aid and post to any outstanding balance first before payment is made to any winner.

Questions can be directed to Teresa Koltzenburg, director of strategic communication at Purdue Libraries, @