It’s simple to host your own Sparky Awards. Make the national contest your
template; all the fine print is done. Set a deadline that works for you, sometime
in advance of the national deadline on December 6, 2009; name a panel of judges
who will help attract attention on your campus; and offer your own prizes—
such as video cameras or iPods. More details on the contest, past winners, and
how to syndicate are at http://www.sparkyawards.org/.
Working with students, through the Sparky Awards, the SPARC “Right to
Research” campaign, other forthcoming projects, and the SPARC summer intern
program has brought welcome energy and fresh perspective on creating change
in scholarly communication—at SPARC, but also on campuses. Adopting the
2009 Sparky Awards is but one more opportunity students have helped inspire
to take the conversation ahead, and we look forward to learning where they will
take us next.
Anu Vedantham at University of Pennsylvania Libraries and Barbara DeFelice at
Dartmouth College Library contributed to the text adapted here.
To cite this article: Jennifer McLennan. “A Different Kind of Conversation: The
Sparky Awards and Fresh Views on Change in Scholarly Communication.”
Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 264
(June 2009): 19–21. http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/.
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