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2011 MARCH–APRIL No. 379
March 07, 2011 [posted]

The National Library of Medicine Video Contest: "NLM & You: The Video"

[Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an announcement published on the NLM Web site on February 28, 2011. To be notified of announcements like this subscribe to NLM-Announces e-mail list.]

The U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM®), the world's largest library of the health sciences and a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services, is conducting a video contest. The contest supports the NLM mission of publicizing the availability of its information products and services, including but not limited to MEDLINE®/PubMed®, MedlinePlus®, GenBank®, PubMed Central®,, Bookshelf, AIDSinfo®, and Profiles in Science®. NLM invites the public to create original short videos which promote awareness of these products and services.

About the NLM

The National Library of Medicine marks its 175th anniversary this year! Started in 1836 as a few books in the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army, NLM today is part of NIH and the world's largest health science library. Its collection has grown to comprise over 17 million books, journals, manuscripts, audiovisuals, biomedical data, and other forms of medical information. NLM makes its resources available on the Internet (//, with information products and services that deliver trillions of bytes of data daily to millions of people around the world. These information products and services have become a primary means for scientists, health professionals, historians, and the general public to access the wide array of resources at NLM, advancing biomedical research, improving clinical care, and enhancing public health. For more information about NLM and its databases and services, visit our site at: // (You can read more about the contest and keep up with developments at: //

What to enter

Video entries should promote an NLM information product or service, such as one of the examples listed above, by telling a story of how the product or service has made a difference. For example, how has an NLM product or service helped you:

Videos must:

Contestants must also submit the online entry form URL: // in order for their videos to be considered. (Note that if there is more than one creator of a video, each creator must complete and submit his/her own online entry form.)


Captioning is encouraged. Please see instructions on YouTube site:


NLM encourages video submission in high definition (HD) format, but will accept a video in any format.


By submitting a video in this contest, you hereby grant NLM a non-exclusive, royalty free, irrevocable license to reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works from, display, and perform publicly and otherwise use, and authorize others to use, your video or derivatives thereof for any Federal purpose throughout the world and in any media.


You must have each person who appears or speaks in your video sign a written release giving you permission to use his/her likeness in the video. If any person seen or heard in your video is under 18 years old at the time you submit your video, his or her parent or guardian must also sign this release form. NLM reserves the right to collect these release forms.


There will be one grand prize winner. There may also be one or more runners up. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000.00. The videos of the grand prize winner and the runners up will be featured on the NLM Web site.

The grand prize winner and runners up must provide a digital copy of the original video files and transcript to NLM in order to receive the award and be featured on the NLM Web site.

Judging criteria

Entries must publicize NLM and use of NLM health information products and services and can employ comedy, animation, drama, music, or first person story to do so. Videos will be judged on the basis of how effective the videos are in promoting awareness of NLM products and services. Creativity, originality, quality, accuracy, and content of message will be considered.

Videos will be judged by a panel of public health and communications experts. Judges are Federal government employees of the NLM or NIH. NLM reserves the right not to select a grand prize winner or any runners up.

Who can enter

The contest is open to US citizens or permanent residents at least 13 years of age. NIH and NLM employees, contractors and their immediate family members may not enter.

Entry deadline

Post videos to YouTube and submit entry form online by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on March 31, 2011. NLM will notify grand prize winner and runners up via e-mail by May 15, 2011, with a public announcement on the NLM Web site following notification.

Privacy policy

Personal information collected from video submissions will never be sold. The information collected for this contest will be used to contact contest entrants regarding this contest and to identify and announce the names of the winners to the public.

All personal information collected through the contest Web site will be destroyed within 12 months of the conclusion of the NLM Video Contest in accordance with the agency's records retention policy. Videos posted to YouTube will be subject to the privacy policies of YouTube and


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The National Library of Medicine Video Contest: "NLM & You: The Video." NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Mar-Apr;(379):e2.

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