Best in Show Evaluation Criteria

Quality of ideas:

  • Originality (e.g. addresses a new topic or a unique facet of a well-covered topic)
  • Authenticity (topic is presented in an ethical / thoughtful manner)

Expression of ideas:

  • Expands viewer knowledge of a particular subject
  • Clarity of presentation

Quality of craft:

  • Skillful editing / cinematography / narration / etc.
  • Expands the boundaries of educational video

Meet the 2017 Best in Show Jury

Laura Jenemann is the Communication, Media, & Film Librarian at Boston University.  She is a past member and chair of the American Library Association’s Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee and has been a screener for AFI DOCS for the past two years. When not watching or reviewing documentaries, Laura enjoys watching other genres of film and television.

Meghann Matwichuk, Associate Librarian and Coordinator of the University of Delaware's Film & Video Collection, has been evaluating media in many capacities for 10+ years, attending national film festivals, writing reviews, and taking part in national committee work, advisory boards, and focus groups.  She has served as a member and Chair of the American Library Association's Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee.

Winifred Metz, Head of the Library’s Media Center at the University of North Carolina,  curates the research-level Film & Media collection and consults on media production, analysis & consumption, leveraging the use of film, television, and new media for instruction and research. Winifred is a member of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Programming Team as well as serving on their Selection Committee, and serves on UNC's Global Film Board.  She is a reviewer for a journal on Video Ethnography, writes a media column for Against the Grain and serves on the Senior Advisory Board for Alexander Street Press.

Vicki Nesting is the Assistant Director of the St. Charles Parish Library in Destrehan, Louisiana. She has served on and chaired the American Library Association's Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee, wrote the New Product News column for Public Libraries magazine for many years, and served as a pre-screener for the New Orleans Film Festival.

Jeffrey Pearson has worked as the media librarian for Wayne State University in Detroit, and at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor since 2000. He has served on the American Library Association's Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee, and currently writes reviews for Educational Media Reviews Online.