Call for SLAM! Idea Showcase Submissions

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2022

Who may submit?

  • Societies, libraries, archives, museums (SLAMs), and other organizations such as universities that provide information to genealogical researchers are encouraged to submit video and/or poster proposals.
  • NGS membership is not required.
  • Each organization may submit up to three (3) videos and three (3) posters. Any additional submissions will not be included in the event.

Requirements

Submitters must:

  • Complete the online submission form linked below.
  • Upload either:
    • a five-minute video and an accompanying one-page PDF handout or
    • a PDF of your poster
  • Agree to allow submissions and handouts to be posted on NGS websites, including the NGS YouTube channel.
  • Ideally, all poster submitters and the winning video submitters should be present in Sacramento to discuss their posters or videos with event attendees. For 2022, NGS will accept submissions from those who are unable to travel.

Criteria for Inclusion in the SLAM! Idea Showcase

Poster Format

  • Poster submitters can find detailed information here.
  • Posters should be visually interesting and informative, effectively communicating information about the project or activity.
  • Please include the 2022 SLAM! Idea Showcase logo on your poster in the lower left corner. The logo can be downloaded here.

Video Format

  • Videos must be submitted in standard MP4 format with a maximum length of five minutes.
  • Videos must be submitted with closed captioning. Failure to include closed captioning will result in the video not being accepted.
  • Please also submit a one-page PDF handout with contact information (can be double-sided) that will be shared with viewers.
  • Please include the SLAM Showcase Intro graphic at the start of your video. The graphic can be downloaded here.

Subject Matter

Submissions should pertain to projects or programs that:

  • Serve genealogical researchers or promote genealogical research.
  • Concern reference services, collection development, digitization, database/website development, programming, newly created resources, outreach, or other aspects of information delivery to the genealogical community.
  • Can be duplicated or adapted by other organizations.
  • Are free and accessible to anyone but may have a local or regional focus.
  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity.
  • Describe how the project or program was funded.
  • NGS particularly welcomes projects that advance research in under-represented populations, such as people of color, LGBTQ+, and women, and/or promote enthusiasm among young or new researchers.

Examples of Projects for Submission

The following examples are for illustration purposes only. Proposals do not necessarily need to reflect any of these categories.

  • Projects leveraging volunteer hours or crowd sourcing.
  • Digitization projects that involve cross-community efforts.
  • Projects that document migrations of residents, providing links to prior residence.
  • Contests that promote enthusiasm for engaging youth or new researchers in the field of genealogy such as written and media productions.

Awards

  • The top poster and video submissions will receive cash prizes.
  • Additional submissions will be selected for honorable mentions.
  • The top six videos will be shown during the SLAM! Film Fest in Sacramento on 24 May 2022.

Timeline

  • 10 January 2022 Call for submissions opens
  • 15 March 2022 Deadline for submissions
  • 2 April 2022 Final selection of award winners
  • 24 May 2022 SLAM! Idea Showcase Events

Submissions

Please fill out the online form and email your submissions (see below) by 15 March 2022 using the guidelines below.

Each organization may submit up to three (3) videos and three (3) posters. Any additional submissions will not be included in the event.

Poster Submissions

  1. If your poster is accepted you may bring it with you to the conference or you may ship it to NGS in advance if you are unable to travel. NGS will not print posters to be displayed.
  2. Posters should be submitted in pdf format. Detailed poster submission guidelines can be found here.
  3. There is a two-step submission process:
    1. Complete the online submission form at https://forms.gle/93P7SFtp34mqEHXz8
    2. Email your pdfs to 2022 SLAM! Poster Submission.
  4. Complete your submission no later than 15 March 2022.

Video Submissions

  1. Videos should be submitted in mp4 format.
  2. Please also submit a 1-page handout in pdf format that will help people understand your project/program. You can use your logo or other small images.
    1. All margins: 1″
    2. Footer: Type the following in 9 points, left justified, italicized, bold in the footer: National Genealogical Society 2022 SLAM! Idea Showcase
    3. Be sure that all web links appear as clickable hyperlinks
    4. Use common fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri
  3. There is a two-step submission process:
    1. Complete the online submission form at https://forms.gle/93P7SFtp34mqEHXz8
    2. Email your videos and pdfs to 2022 SLAM! Video Submission.
  4. Complete your submission no later than 15 March 2022.

If you are not able to submit a video file to the above box.com email address, please email a link from a cloud folder to [email protected].