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ARL Film Festival 2022—The “Arlies”

A working group of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Member Engagement and Outreach Committee hosted the seventh annual ARL Film Festival (the Arlies) on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, during the joint ARL/CARL Association Meeting in Toronto, Canada. 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. All 20 entries were selected to be viewed by member representatives and guests on the afternoon of April 26. Member representatives voted following the show and the 11 award winners in 10 categories (see below) were announced on April 28.

View all the 2022 Arlies submissions and descriptions of the 20 featured films.

2022 Arlies Winners

Best Collections-Focused Film: University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources, “Into the Vault with Annie Murray

A special look into the University of Calgary’s Archives and Special Collections.

 

Best Development/Fundraising Film: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, “Elaine Pitches Andrew GiveUNC for University Libraries”

University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks and major-league pitcher Andrew Miller toss around reasons to support UNC-Chapel Hill’s libraries…and a baseball.

 

Best Free-Form Film: New York University Libraries, “Verbatim Performance Lab: Harris/Pence”

This video project, a verbatim re-enactment of the “Mr. Vice President, I’m Speaking” moment from the 2020 vice presidential debate, aims to explore how Americans perceive political leaders and members of other political parties in today’s sharply polarized political climate.

 

Best How-To/Instruction Film: University of Delaware Library, “What’s in a Database?”

Viewers will learn how individual articles are peer-reviewed and combined into databases.

 

Best Publicity/Marketing Film: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, “Campaign to Transform the University Library: The Next Page of the Campus Story”

A short video to raise awareness about and support for the first phase of the University Library’s building project—an archives and special collections facility.

 

Best Production: Harvard Library, “Light the Way Home: Eileen Southern’s Story”

A student film celebrating Professor Eileen Southern, the first Black woman tenured at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

 

Best Humor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, “Elaine Pitches Andrew GiveUNC for University Libraries”

University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks and major-league pitcher Andrew Miller toss around reasons to support UNC-Chapel Hill’s libraries…and a baseball.

 

Best Performance: Boston Public Library, “Treasures Storing Up in this Space”

To celebrate the Boston Public Library during National Library Week, Alondra Bobadilla wrote and performed a stunning poem to honor libraries.

 

Best Reflection of Inclusivity: Harvard Library, “Light the Way Home: Eileen Southern’s Story”

A student film celebrating Professor Eileen Southern, the first Black woman tenured at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

 

Best of Show: Boston Public Library, “Treasures Storing Up in this Space” AND University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources, “Into the Vault with Annie Murray”

To celebrate the Boston Public Library during National Library Week, Alondra Bobadilla wrote and performed a stunning poem to honor libraries.

A special look into the University of Calgary’s Archives and Special Collections.

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