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What have participants said about the contest?

Q: "What did you learn from this contest?"

Q: "What do you think this contest is? What does it test?"

Q: "Why are you interested in this contest?"

Q: "How does this contest fit into a larger picture?"

Q: "Additional comments?"

What have librarians said about the contest?

Four university libraries hosted the Digital Literacy Contest in fall 2008.

Brown University
Sarah Bordac, Head of Outreach and Instructional Design:
  • "The contest was very popular. We learned new marketing strategies from Daniel, who also help us to see new ways to make library events popular to students."
  • "Having Daniel there was great. If he wasn't there it wouldn't have been as successful. He engaged the students in a peer-to-peer manner which was great to see. So much of what we do is have adults 30 years their senior telling them what's good for them, which is a hard pill to swallow. Daniel connected with them - both in his marketing and in his delivery."
Edwin Quist, Music Librarian:
  • "I think the important thing for me was seeing the enthusiasm among the students. It brought in a group of students who probably don't frequent the library and gave us a chance to show them how the contest fits in with what we're trying to do with digital literacy."
  • "It's a very well run program. Daniel has the marketing down and knows how to reach his peers."
  • "I thought our job was pretty easy. I was very impressed with the level of support that Daniel supplied."
Ronald Fark, Head of Reference and Research Services:
  • "Excellent turn out for a library event. Students were engaged and made aware of the many resources available as well as difficulties of using library resources.
  • "It provides the Library an opportunity to market services it can provide to make students more "digitally literate". It is a great tool to alert the campus to the need to address the skills needed to be lifelong learners in the 21st century."
  • "I did not think we (the library) had that much to do for this event because of the DLC efforts."
  • "It would be great to have this as a fall annual event."
Indiana University
Carrie Donovan:
  • "It is excellent publicity for the libraries. It connects the libraries to information-seeking... in the minds of students. It's fun! It's a great way to insert the libraries' instructional agenda into a fun and lively event in such a way that does not alienate students."
  • "...the experience for those who did attend was interesting and meaningful."
  • "Thank you for all your hard work in making the DLC a success at IUB. I had so much fun at the event. I hope we can do it again!"
Virginia Vought:
  • "IU's DLC was just a small pilot, but we were very happy with the results. Great potential for data collection. Students enjoyed it. Fun for everyone. Promotion of digital literacy and smart searching... Certainly it was deemed a success."
Purdue University
Dean James Mullins, Dean:
  • "Information resources available either through subscriptions provided by the Libraries or through readily available Web sites are so ubiquitous that it becomes a challenge for students to 'drill-down' in order to find the best and most authoritative answer to a research question. In today's global, digital society it is increasingly important that each of us knows how to locate information, access and evaluate it, and then apply it... The contest is a fun event where the importance of information literacy is highlighted for our students." (Source)
University of Florida
Laura Jordan, Librarian:
  • "The DLC was definitely a success, based on the number of participants we had (both of our sessions were filled up), and the positive feedback we received on our surveys."
  • "I believe that the DLC got students into the library who normally would not have come. We learned two very important things about our patrons after this event: 1). students love competition and 2). students like having tangible rewards."
  • "I really enjoyed the discussion that Daniel led after the competition. I think... more of the discussion would be beneficial to the participants."
Michelle Crump, Interim Director for Technical Services:
  • "I think it is a great event... I think it's a way for [people] to learn about databases they haven't used before. I hope we can do it again." (Source)