Lightning Talk Proposals

***The deadline for proposal submissions was January 18, 2019; proposals are no longer being accepted.***
***Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal!***

Instruction librarians must consistently reinvigorate themselves, their students, and the community as a whole. How has your leadership empowered colleagues and affected change? How have you worked with colleagues to facilitate transitions to new models of teaching? Have you implemented successful professional development programs that inspired change in cultures and attitudes? Maybe your idea is best suited for a Lightning Talk!

A small, but fun part of the LOEX conference are the Lightning Talks, which are a great way to share ideas and best practices that don't warrant a full-blown breakout session. Topics can be practical implementations or conceptual ideas, and they should showcase effective practices or highlight new projects in various stages of development.

Successful proposals will show evidence of being lively, fast-paced and thought provoking, while reflecting elements of one (or more) of the conference tracks:

  • Lead & Innovate: Blazing New Trails
    Leading a class, group or an institution on a new path can be both exciting and scary, even potentially terrifying. In this track, tell us about your new paths and how you braved the untouched wilderness. What technologies and innovative strategies have you tried? How have you led development of your instruction program? What new philosophies or theories are going into your work? How have you led your colleagues or students on new teaching and learning trails?

  • Collaboration: The S’more the Merrier
    S’mores are a delicious campsite delicacy of graham cracker, chocolate and roasted marshmallow - almost a perfect culinary collaboration. In this track, tell us how you have perfected a collaboration or started a new one. Share your advice on keeping successful collaborations or knowing when it is time to part ways. How has working with people with different backgrounds or goals affected your collaborations?

  • Strategies for Outreach & Engagement: Navigating the 10,000 Lakes
    Take a hike! Leaving your campsite but not getting lost is essential in discovering new paths, lakes, and vistas. This also holds true for getting out of the library and exploring the campus and community. Getting out and about allows us the opportunity to meet new populations and learn about their needs. In this track, tell us how you have worked outside of the library. How have you developed successful campus initiatives? Community initiatives? What have you gotten out of it? How do you measure impact? How do you engage with diverse populations, such as the international student community?

  • Pedagogy & Information Literacy: Jumping into the Deep End
    There is always more to learn and our students are ever changing. We are never done learning about teaching and literacies (e.g., information, digital, media, data, etc.). In this track, tell us how you have continued to develop your pedagogy skills. How do you teach students from varying backgrounds? How do we teach students to swim with the shark-infested information landscapes of propaganda and fake news? What theories, strategies, or techniques did you use to make your dip into the classroom successful? What tools or websites, provided floaties or life jackets for new swimmers?

  • Facilitating Student Research: Igniting the Flame
    Like the spark from a campfire, our students are curious - how do we fan the spark to ignite the flames? In this track, tell us how you have facilitated student curiosity and research. How did you prepare students for faculty sponsored research? For new types of scholarship (e.g., media, digital humanities, etc.)? For emerging technologies such as 3D printing or using makerspaces? How did you support their entrepreneurial interests? Support their co-curriculum research? Support their service-learning projects or student activism?

  • Assessment: Are We There Yet?
    We have all been a long road trip where it feels like your destination can’t come fast enough. Assessment can take many forms from quick on-the-spot feedback to year-long projects. In this track, tell us how you prepared for an assessment journey. What were your routes to collect useful and usable data (qualitative, quantitative, mixed)? How have you changed your route or practice based on data? How have you dealt with results that failed to meet your hopes or expectations? What were the guideposts along the way which guided you to a new path?


Lightning Talk Format, Timing, and Quantity

Each presenter will have seven minutes total. There will not be additional time for questions, but presenters may reserve part of the seven-minute allotment for Q&A if desired.

Lightning Talks will very likely take place after lunch on the Saturday of the conference, and be presented in a general session open to all attendees.

We expect, at maximum, five Lightning Talks proposals will be accepted for the conference.

Submission Information

***The deadline for proposal submissions was January 18, 2019; proposals are no longer being accepted.***

Lightning Talk proposals can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by LIGHTNING TALK PROPOSAL DUE DATE. The contact on the submission will be notified if the proposal has been accepted for presentation by February 1, 2019. There is only one presenter permitted for each Lightning Talk presentation due to time constraints.

If your proposal is accepted, the presenter will be automatically registered for the conference, and required to pay registration in full by PAYMENT DEADELINE. A Lightning Talk presenter is not required to, but can choose to submit a full paper version (up to 1,000 words) of their talk for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings.

Note: Failure to pay the registration fee will result in the cancellation of your presentation and conference registration. Presenters are responsible for paying their own travel and lodging expenses.


Lightning Talk Timeline

  • LIGHTNING TALK PROPOSAL DUE DATE: Deadline to submit lightning talk proposals
  • LIGHTNING TALK ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION DATE: Notification of acceptance of lightning talk proposal
  • LIGHTING TALK PAPER DUE DATE: Deadline for all Lightning Talk presenters to submit full papers (up to 1000 words) for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings

Lightning Talk Proposal Selection Criteria

The committee will be using a rubric to score the proposals during a double-blind review process. The rubric grades each proposal on:

  • Content and objectives of presentation
  • Clarity of topic, particularly how presenter will achieve presentation objectives in seven minutes or less
  • Relevance to the field of library instruction
  • Originality and creativity
  • Demonstrated expertise of the presenter(s) on the topic
  • Methods used to inform and also engage the audience

For more guidelines on preparing and giving lightning talks at LOEX, please visit our Lightning Talk Guidelines page.

Presenter Benefits

The solid reputation of the LOEX Conference ensures that presenters benefit as much as their audience. Presenters can expect to:

  • contribute to the field of library instruction and information literacy
  • receive professional recognition at the conference
  • highlight their institution's accomplishments
  • receive automatic registration at the LOEX Conference