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When you sign up here, you will get weekly emails to keep up with the Summer Library Challenge!

The Challenge 
Between June 1 - August 31, 2022, collect points for participating in different types of library activities: You can earn 1 to 3 points based on the challenge. Prizes will be awarded to the four individuals with the highest cumulative points.

How to Play
Complete one of the library challenges listed below. Click the map icon each time you complete a challenge. This takes you to the form where you log your points.

Challenges - 1 Point

For 1 point:

Download and/or read an ebook from one of our ebook collections:

Suggest a book to the library. Tell us:

  • What is trending in your field of study?
  • What book, journal, literature do you need to do your job?
  • Where can the Library help you in your information needs?


Listen to an audiobook or read a magazine article from OverDrive.


Subscribe to the NOAA Central Library YouTube channel

  • You may still get points if you completed this before the challenge.


Challenges - 2 Points



For 2 points:


Find an article authored (or co-authored) by someone in your line office in one of the library's subscription journals.

  • Enter the link or DOI of the article in the form.

Create a new or update your existing ORCID and/or Researcher ID.

  • A unique, persistent identifier can help distinguish authors from others with the same name and provide a link between an author and their professional activities. There are a number of online resources that allow authors to create and manage a unique author identifier; some of which can be used in conjunction with one another allowing researchers to measure their impact within the scientific community.

Create an OpenAthens account with the DOC Library for access to their resources (such as Lexis and WestLaw)

  • You may still get points if you completed this before the challenge.


Challenges - 3 Points




For 3 points:


Create an account on Proquest's Ebook Central.

  • You may still get points if you completed this before the challenge.


Attend a Library Seminars presentation, or watch one after the fact on YouTube

  • Please tell us the title and date of the Library Seminar.
  • Only seminars that occur during the challenge (June 1 - Aug 31, 2022) will count
  • You can only get points for up to 3 seminars.


Submit a publication to the Institutional Repository OR submit a journal article manuscript for Section 508 remediation.




5 Point Bonus

Ferdinand the Flamingo is visiting NOAA Libraries this summer! Find Ferdinand and snap a picture with him to earn 5 BONUS POINTS! 



  • All NOAA staff, contractors, and fellows are welcome to participate. 
  • You can come back to the form as many times as you need, and you can do the activities multiple times, if applicable. 
  • You may only get points for activities that you complete during the challenge period (June 1 - August 31, 2022), EXCEPT for activities that can only be done once.  For these three activities, you may still get points if you completed them before the challenge:
    • Create an Account on ProQuest's Ebook Central;
    • Subscribe to the NOAA Central Library YouTube Channel
    • Create an OpenAthens Account with the Department of Commerce Library
  • Please note that "Attending a Library Seminar" has its own rules: only seminars that occur between June 1 - August 31, 2022 will count towards your points total, and you can only get points for up to three seminars.




All participants will receive a participation prize in the form of a magnet with the NOAA Central Library details!

Runner's Up

The people with the second and third highest points will receive a gift card and a NOAA Central Library mug.

Grand Prize

The person with the most points will win a gift card, NOAA Central Library mug, AND a yet to be revealed surprise!

Contact us!


Email if you have questions or comments about the Summer Library Challenge.