Dear Library and Music Lovers!

IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) presents their first music competition for librarians!

We want to see the important role libraries and music have in your life. What do you need to prepare? A song with melody and with lyrics if you would like. In your music project present your passion for libraries and the community where you work. Think how it could promote libraries, librarians, patrons, and music as well!

Even if you’re not a professional musician, take part in our competition. For this special occasion, we can all be artists together. Don’t hesitate any longer. Prepare a song and send it to us!




Participants must submit an audio material (sound composition) or audiovisual material (a music video) that highlights the value and importance of our libraries. All music genres are welcome.

Who can participate

Participation is free. The contest is aimed at amateur creators. One or more members of a library staff may participate. You can attribute the authorship to one or more members, or to the institutions that you represent.


The finished work must not be longer than 5 minutes


Acceptable formats are: H.264 MP4 16Mbps, AAC audio 320 kbps High-quality audio settings. 

What will be important

The jury is looking for:

  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)
  • Melody
  • Humor
  • Regional and folkloric music




Remember about:

All music and lyrics for audio visual contents or songs should follow these guidelines.
Make your song fully original.  If you can write your own music as well as lyrics, your song will be completely original!
If you want to use music from other sources, try to make sure you are not just singing over an existing song but rather that you try to play it yourself on an instrument (or get someone to help out!). Make sure, of course, that you have accessed the music legally!
Avoid using professional recordings that have copyright on it – this may be identified as copyright infringement, even if you only use a sample of the music.
You can sing in your own language but make sure to also use one of the IFLA official Languages in your song or as subtitle.

Reproductions rights

Once the copyright of the composition is checked, New Professionals Special Interest Group will have the reproduction rights to present the work during the IFLA Virtual WLIC 2021 and later to disseminate it through its communication channels and social networks, mentioning the authorship of the work.



Submission deadline: 30 June 2021

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 30 July 2021

Participants must send their works as an attached file or through a link to a free platform via mail to

Applications should include:

– Title of the audio/video clip
–  Name(s) of author(s) & position and/or title
–  Institution, country
–  Contact information including email address, telephone number
–  Short biographical statement of authors