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About the Competition

The competition goal is to inspire library faculty, staff and student employees to think outside the box and develop creative programs and projects that will fulfill the OSU Library's Mission and Vision. Proposals must have a clear, concise connection to the Library's Mission and Vision with benefit to the Library and students.

OSU Library Mission Statement: We exist as a resource to expand the learning potential of students and citizens of our state and to enhance the teaching and research capabilities of our faculty.

OSU Library Vision Statement: We will be the best performing land-grant university library as measured by resource access and use by OSU students, faculty and the citizens of the state. We will deliver these resources in a user-friendly and service-oriented manner. Our constituents will consider us the preferred provider of learning and research information.

2023 Competition Timeline

Details on the 2023 competition will be announced in the spring.


  • Notecards are permitted.
  • Props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, equipment, etc.) are permitted.
  • PowerPoint or additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are NOT permitted.
  • The pitch must tie in to the Library's mission and vision and focus on service, students, programs, research and/or learning.
  • Pitches are limited to 5 minutes.
  • Participants should inform their supervisor/department head of their participation.
  • Participants must register by 5 p.m. on May 10 and submit a complete proposal by 8 a.m. May 13. 
  • To encourage free thinking and creativity, no funding ceilings have been set.

Judging criteria

  • Presentation: Was topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a lay audience? Did presentation help audience understand project or idea? Did presentation make audience want to know more?
  • Strategy: Does the pitch provide a clear, concise connection to the Library Mission and Vision statements?
  • Impact: Does the idea offer a benefit to the Library? Does the idea offer a benefit to students? Does the pitch include reasonable projected outcomes?
  • Logistics: Does the pitch include thoughtful consideration of needed resources and a clear funding request?