The annual GLAMi (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) Awards—formerly Best of the Web—recognize and celebrate innovative projects in the cultural heritage sector. The Awards, selected by a distinguished panel of judges, showcase the best work our field creates, both on the Web and in the myriad digital platforms and contexts where our community practices.
For GLAMi 2021, we have updated the awards format to address suggestions from past juries and the community as well as to recognize the extraordinary nature of the past year. First, we have updated the categories, reducing the total number of categories to six. Our goal was to eliminate confusion about where to enter a project by creating categories based on purpose and audience, rather than on platform. We have also brought back a category that has been missing from the competition for some years: Tools and Professional Practices, and launched a new Design category.
The second change we have made is to invite past GLAMi judges to form a Special Jury that will review all entries and award Special Jury Prizes to projects that have been particularly successful in meeting the most pressing challenges of the year. This year, the jury will look at solutions that address social justice and at-home access to cultural content. As our goal is to highlight projects that have been most relevant to the needs of audiences and organizations, next year’s topics may be very different–or they may be the same. There is no limit to the number of Special Jury Prizes awarded, and no particular criteria for entry. They may be given for large-scale resources, but also for innovative policies or practices. All projects submitted in the main GLAMi categories will be considered in the Special Jury review, but you may also submit for consideration projects that do not fit into any of the GLAMi categories.
You may enter your projects in one category or more. The GLAMi co-chairs and juries may recommend moving a project from one category to another as appropriate. If you are unsure about the correct category for your entry and would like feedback from the GLAMi co-chairs, you may send your questions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also find it useful to review the finalists and winners for 2020.
- Design A special category for exemplary design intended for new or redesigned websites, apps, and multimedia resources. Judges will consider a project’s graphic design, UX design, and accessibility.
- Interactive and Immersive These projects connect with audiences that want to DO something. The category includes in-gallery and online interactives, multimedia installations (including soundscapes and videos), VR/AR, mobile applications, audio tours, and broadcasts (including those on social media platforms).
- Marketing and Promotion Materials and projects developed primarily to familiarize audiences, press, and donors with an organization’s programs and activities should be submitted in this category. Examples include social media campaigns, digital advertising campaigns, online press resources, annual reports, and fundraising campaigns.
- Resources for General Audiences and Families This category features digital content for adults and children, including teachers, families, classes, and independent visitors. Examples include exhibition microsites, teacher resources, lesson plans, plan-ahead and post-visit content.
- Resources for Scholars and Researchers The category features digital content intended for study and research, including collections online, digital publications, and primary source and archival content. Materials prepared for aggregation in networked resources may be considered in this category.
- Tools and Professional Practices Projects submitted in this category serve staff and the community at large, using hardware, software, and other digital tools to enable more effective, efficient, or far-reaching practices. Examples include business and content systems, infrastructure, databases, and communications systems.
- Special Jury Prizes The Special Jury will consider projects—including any submitted in the six main categories—for special awards that recognize innovative and effective solutions to real-time concerns facing museums and their audiences. This year’s awards will focus on social justice issues and on outreach by organizations to audiences affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Submitting Your Project
Any museum, gallery, library or archive (GLAM) institution may submit their project(s) for award consideration. Agencies and media producers may submit their work in collaboration with client institutions.
Any project, regardless of launch date, is eligible if it has been in active use in the past 12 months.
What you’ll need to submit
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To enter, please fill in the submission form and include as much information as possible to help the judges evaluate your project. In addition to the project description, you are encouraged to provide either a video (maximum 5 minutes) or images. Projects will not be judged based on video or image quality, but both help judges evaluate diverse submissions, especially those projects intended primarily for onsite audiences.
- Project Title
The formal name of the project.
The formal name of the museum, gallery or archive that launched the project.
- Organization Contact Name
If you’re submitting a project on behalf of an agency or media producer, please include the name of the primary contact for the client institution.
- Organization Contact Email Address
If you’re submitting a project on behalf of an agency or media producer, please include the email address of the primary contact for the client institution.
- Agency, Media, Design, Writing, and Production Partner(s)
Any and all external media/design partners, writers, or producers contracted to produce the project.
Select the most appropriate category for your submission (see list above).
(This will be published on the MW2021 website.) Tell us about the project and why you think it is great at doing what it does. You may also include information about its history, location, dates, platform, and technical specifications. Cite specific pages by URL. Include screen shots if desired.
- Supporting images or additional video
Please submit as many images, illustrations or links to videos as you think necessary to completely review the project. Upload an image by clicking on the media button below the Description text area. Follow the prompts on the pop-up form, first to upload your image file, and then to link it to your nomination. Put your image at the start of your text, and the words will flow around it. Please use the default settings for image formatting.
- Additional questions to inform judging process (1500 characters each, maximum):
- What are your intended audience(s) for the project?
- How does the project fit into your organization’s current mission and goals?
- Describe the project budget and resources, including internal and external staffing, sustainability plans, and any funding/income opportunities.
- What are your measures of success for the project. What are your promotion and evaluation plans?
- What were your accessibility goals? Did the project achieve them?
- Project URL
If the project is available to the general public, please provide a URL.
- Link to Video
Link to a video (maximum 5 minutes) on YouTube or Vimeo that provides a walkthrough of the experience for the judging committee. The video can be simply shot on a mobile device or edited from prior footage, just make sure it conveys the core experience to the judges. Projects will not be judged based on video quality, but videos are essential to fairly evaluating the diversity of projects submitted every year, especially the numerous projects intended primarily for onsite audiences. The best videos allow the judges to experience the project and/or see it in action, rather than just restating the written description. Please caption your video for submission. This can be done easily via third party services such, as rev.com, Cielo24, and free via YouTube and Amara.org.