Best Elevator Speech Contest - Enter to Win!



First Prize: $250

Second Prize: Free APLA membership for one year

Third Prize: APLA t-shirt 


The Challenge: To make a convincing statement on the enduring relevance of
libraries in the 21st century. Tell us in your own words why libraries


The Scene: You step into an elevator of a big city hotel wearing a delegates
badge from the library conference you are attending.  A fellow passenger
notes your affiliation and, clearing his throat, says, rather bluntly,
"Libraries, eh?  Aren't they on the way out?  Doesn't everybody just find
everything on the internet now?  And read e-books?"  


We all get this kind of question - quite frequently now - and we can't shy
away from it.  We also more often than not respond inadequately--sometimes
emotionally, sometimes pedantically, most often unconvincingly.  So, what do
you say to your elevator friend?   


Your Task:  You have a maximum of two minutes to make a convincing case.
Remember, the opportunity to speak for libraries is fleeting and your
response needs to be both upbeat and succinct.


Contest Information and Rules:

1. No purchase necessary!

2. Contest open to all APLA members in good standing: renew your membership
now or join us for the first time! 

3. Maximum of 200 words: The best elevator speech will be brief and

4. Participants may submit more than one entry.

5. Winners will be selected by an ad hoc subcommittee of the APLA executive.

6. Winners will be announced at the APLA Conference 2012 in beautiful
Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  


Deadline to enter:  The contest runs February 1 to March 31, 2012. 


How to enter: Click [log in to unmask] to submit your
entry.  (Coming soon!  It will be possible to post your entry directly to
the new APLA website, to be launched shortly.)  


Enter soon! Enter often! We're all in this together!