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Lightning Talk Proposals

***The deadline for proposal submissions was January 20, 2017; proposals are no longer being accepted.***
***Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal!***

A small, but fun part of the LOEX conference are the Lightning Talks, which are a fun way to share ideas and best practices that don't warrant a full-blown breakout session.

Topics can be practical or conceptual ideas, and 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: :

  • Pedagogy: Reaping and Sowing Transformative Teaching
    Plants need the right mixture of water, sunlight, and nutrients to thrive. How do you cultivate your teaching practice? What ideas or learning theories inspire you? What are the essential elements of vigorous lesson plans and instructional activities? How do you address the needs of your community through instructional design? How do you incorporate diverse perspectives into your teaching?

  • Technology: Saddling Up
    Choosing good riding equipment involves considering the horse, the rider, the budget, and how the equipment will be used. Decisions about technology used for instruction are often made in consideration of similar elements. What technologies are you using to make more effective instructional connections with your students? How are technologies helping to strengthen and extend your instructional reach to new campus communities?

  • Leadership: Taking the Reins
    Sometimes, reins help to gently guide with the current momentum, and at other times, reins are used to boldly guide in an entirely new direction and at a new pace. How have you tailored leadership of your instructional initiatives to meet the needs of your unique communities? How have you inspired colleagues to adapt to rapidly-changing instructional needs? How have you successfully structured a program that enabled another person or group to take the reins?

  • Assessment: The Lay of the Land
    Any farmer knows the importance of alternating crops. Assessment tells us when it is time to try something new to meet the needs of our communities and diverse populations. How do you use assessment in your library instruction programs? How do you show the impact on student success? How are you ensuring that your library instruction is adapting to meet the needs of an ever-changing and diverse student population?

  • Collaboration: Never Ride Alone
    The most successful library instruction programs and outreach initiatives are often the result of collaborative partnerships and differing perspectives. As you ride off together to have new adventures, tell us about who is riding at your side. What successful partnerships have you established with other librarians, academic faculty, departmental staff, campus organizations, or student groups? What have been the key elements of these strong communities and relationships? How do you address dissenting or potentially marginalized voices through collaborative efforts?

  • Innovations and Failures: Roots of Our Success
    Farming techniques are constantly evolving to better meet the needs of our communities. Being willing to try something that might not work is crucial to pushing us forward together as a profession. How are you using what’s innovative and different, both from inside and outside the library world, to inspire your new ideas and projects? How are you taking risks and embracing the possibility of failure to pursue new instructional ventures?

Successful 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?

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 on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 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

Lightning Talk proposals can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Friday, January 20, 2017. The contact on the submission will be notified if the proposal has been accepted for presentation by Friday, February 3, 2017. 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 April 3, 2017. A Lightning Talk presenter is not required to, but can choose to submit a full paper version 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.

Contact for lightning talk presenters: Robert Detmering at lightning2017@loexconference.org

Lightning Talk Timeline

  • Friday, January 20, 2017: Deadline to submit lightning talk proposals
  • Friday, February 3, 2017: Notification of acceptance of lightning talk proposal
  • Friday, May 5, 2017: Deadline for all Lightning Talk presenters to submit full papers (up to 1000 words) for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings
  • Thursday, May 11 - Saturday, May 13, 2017: 45th Annual LOEX Conference in Lexington, KY
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017*: Lightning talk presentations (*not 100%, but very likely will occur on this date)

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 2017, please click here.

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