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The ABCs of the DLC

Libraries which have not yet hosted the DLC may be most comfortable using Package C or D. We'll do all of the work to make the event successful. Once we've got the ball rolling, your library staff can take over with Package A or B. It should be easy to grow the event into an even bigger campus sensation as we'll have already sparked interest on campus and connected with dozens of students.


Free Demo
Experience the contest!

Package A
Licensing


Package B
Presentation & Licensing

Package C
Promotion & Licensing

Package D
Presentation, Promotion & Licensing
Help          
Email, Phone and IM Support question_mark
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Technology
Web-based contest question_mark
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Online Registration question_mark
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Customized website question_mark
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Facebook registration question_mark
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SMS registration question_mark
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Firefox plug-in question_mark
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Contest management panel question_mark
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Digital Files
Customized press release question_mark
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Posters & Flyers question_mark
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Customized web surveys question_mark
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Post-contest report question_mark
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Preparation material for students question_mark
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Services
Real-time contest grading question_mark
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Personalized support question_mark
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Customized questions for library question_mark
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Event planning & promotionquestion_mark
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Physical Materials
300 color posters question_mark
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Food for event question_mark
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$200 cash prizes for event question_mark
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Educational literature for students question_mark
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Live Presentation
Live moderation question_mark
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Presentation by DLC creator question_mark
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Workshop for librarians question_mark
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Workshop for students question_mark
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Bonus
Free extra contest question_mark
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Discounts
15% off if sign up by Jan. 15th question_mark
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$300 per referral question_mark
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How it works...
DLC

Libraries host the event for students. It is usually 90 minutes long. Participants pre-register on our website. Students compete in the library either with library computers or their own laptops. They log in to our web-based contest and then complete a customizable survey before the contest begins.

Answers are in free response format -- the DLC is not multiple choice. Correct answers are worth between 1 - 5 points depending upon difficulty. Incorrect answers are penalized and the highest score wins.

Our off-site staff grade these free response answers in real time and we announce the winners shortly after the contest ends. Following the contest is a discussion about digital literacy and upcoming events at your library.

The Digital Literacy Contest is a competition primarily for individuals, but teams can compete against one another for more fun. For example, students submit the following information when they register:

During the contest participants see the average score of the winning ‘team’ in each category. For example, they may see that women, juniors, and sociology majors are in the lead on average. The DLC toolbar at the bottom of the screen refreshes as new ‘teams’ take the lead.

What we provide you...
Promotional Materials

Our experience allows you to host a successful contest efficiently. We provide you with many services and materials such as (Full list):

  • Access to our web-based contest
  • Professionally designed flyers and posters
  • Event planning and optional promotional help
  • Browser plug-in to record participants web-usage for research and to discourage cheating
  • Press releases customized for your event
  • Customizable web-surveys for feedback from participants
  • Optional workshops for both librarians and students
  • Optional in-person event moderation by DLC student creator and MacArthur 'Young Innovator'
  • Food, drinks, and prizes for up to 50 participants
  • 24/7 phone and email support
The students...

Our evaluations prove students love this contest and want to invite friends to future events. What’s more, libraries which host the event engage students who are not touched by other library outreach.

Percent of participants who want to compete again Percent of participants who would refer a friend Number of library events which participants have attended in the past year by percent
Past hosts...

Over the past year we helped university libraries host over a dozen highly successful contests. Librarians have said great things about the contest and us. You may have even attended the poster session at ACRL this year where Brown University discussed their positive experience with the Digital Literacy Contest.

We are proud to say we have a maintained 100% satisfaction in our contest and services.

Brown University's 2009 ACRL Poster
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