AISEC intern Abbey Thompson

All it takes is a little creativity and a passion for the University of Guelph Library, and you could win one of two Flip video cameras.

AIESEC intern Abbey Thompson is overseeing a new contest originated by senior communications officer Cort Egan, and she’s pretty excited about the concept. Almost flipping over it, you might say.

“We wanted to know what students and other members of the University community like about the library and how we could improve,” she explains. “This is a way to get that feedback but make it fun, and the Flip camera is a great prize.”

All you need to do to enter is create a short original video, 45 seconds or less, explaining why you flip over the library. Is it the great help you got when you had some IT problems? The coffee? The surprises you discovered last year in the archives? Thompson says sample videos are posted on the library website to spark inspiration.

Videos will be screened and judged by a team of staff, students and faculty; the finalists will be posted to the library website so that students can vote to determine the final winners. The contest runs until Nov. 15, and all students, faculty and staff are eligible. Full rules are available on the website and on posters around the library.

Thompson graduated this spring from the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina, where she earned a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She arrived in Guelph this summer and says her year-long placement at the U of G Library is a natural fit.

She adds: “Guelph is not too far from home, but still far enough that it feels like a different culture.”

AIESEC is a student-run organization with chapters around the world that promote leadership and arrange exchange programs.

Click here for details about the contest or to submit your entry.