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ARL Film Festival 2021—The “Arlies”

screenshot of Library Takeout video showing a stickfigure person wearing a medical face mask and carrying a brown paper bag
“Library Takeout,” Duke University

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Member Engagement and Outreach Committee hosted the sixth annual ARL Film Festival (the Arlies) on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, during the virtual Spring Association Meeting. The Arlies film festival highlights and shares multimedia projects developed by member institutions to increase knowledge and use of libraries, their spaces, services, collections, and expertise.

ARL members were invited to submit films of less than three minutes in the following categories: Collections-Focused, Development/Fundraising, Free-Form, How-To/Instruction, and Publicity/Marketing. Out of 27 entries, 20 submissions were selected to be viewed by member representatives and guests on the afternoon of April 28. Member representatives voted following the show and the 13 award winners in 11 categories (see below) were announced on May 14.

View all the 2021 Arlies submissions and descriptions of the 20 featured films.

2021 Arlies Winners

Best of Collections-Focused Films: Tulane University Libraries, “Hogan Jazz Archive Photography Collection”

This short film highlights the photography collection of the William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz at Tulane University. (December 12, 2020)

 

Best of Development/Fundraising Films: University of Alberta Library, “Dancik Collection at Bruce Peel Special Collections”

This video introduces the Bruce Dancik angling collection at the University of Alberta and emphasizes the excellent donor experience. (July 24, 2020)

 

Best of Free-Form Films: University of Washington Libraries, “Access”

In his video “Access,” UW graduate student Long Tran describes the struggles of working remotely and the isolation that we have all come to know throughout the COVID pandemic. (April 25, 2020)

 

Best of How-To/Instruction Films: Duke University Libraries, “Library Takeout”

“Library Takeout” is a short music video explaining how to check out books and other materials from the Duke University Libraries during the time of COVID-19. (August 14, 2020)

 

Best of Publicity/Marketing Films—General: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Graduate Student Combines Rare Books with Art in Library Project”

Graduate student Lulu Zilinskas combined her passion for books and art to create a project that she hopes will uncover archival items that remain hidden due to perceived access barriers. (February 5, 2021)

 

Best of Publicity/Marketing Films—COVID-19-Focused: Arizona State University Library, “We’re Here for You!” AND University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries, “We Can Help!”

“We’re Here for You!” includes ASU Library colleagues, many working from home, describing all of the services still available to the Arizona State University community. (April 23, 2020)

 

“We Can Help!” features University of Wisconsin–Madison librarians working remotely who share the many ways they’re still working to create access solutions for their users in the thick of the pandemic. (July 16, 2020)

 

Best Production: University of Alberta Library, “Dancik Collection at Bruce Peel Special Collections”

This video introduces the Bruce Dancik angling collection at the University of Alberta and emphasizes the excellent donor experience. (July 24, 2020)

 

Best Humor: Duke University Libraries, “Library Takeout”

“Library Takeout” is a short music video explaining how to check out books and other materials from the Duke University Libraries during the time of COVID-19. (August 14, 2020)

 

Best Performance: Arizona State University Library, “We’re Here for You!” AND University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries, “We Got Your E-books”

“We’re Here for You!” includes ASU Library colleagues, many working from home, describing all of the services still available to the Arizona State University community. (April 23, 2020)

 

This one-minute “We Got Your E-books” rap video was created to help university students who were learning remotely during the 2020 summer semester. (June 10, 2020)

 

Best Reflection of Diversity: Tulane University Libraries, “Hogan Jazz Archive Photography Collection”

This short film highlights the photography collection of the William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz at Tulane University. (December 12, 2020)

 

Best of Show: Duke University Libraries, “Library Takeout”

“Library Takeout” is a short music video explaining how to check out books and other materials from the Duke University Libraries during the time of COVID-19. (August 14, 2020)

 

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