Planning Your Proposal

Help for planning your LibTech proposal

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the Library Technology Conference.  Below you will find information to help as you plan your presentation proposal. When you are ready to fill out the submission form  you will need: title for your proposal, 250 word (or less) description of your proposal, 2-3 brief learning objectives, and statement describing connection to technology. Any Co-presenter information will be collected upon acceptance of proposals.  

Compensation:  The primary presenter for each non-lightning round session that is accepted will receive complimentary single-day registration to the conference.  If you have additional questions as you are preparing for your session proposal, please contact libtechconference@macalester.edu.

EXAMPLES OF PRESENTATION PROPOSALS:

Topic Ideas:
  • A presentation on a project still in progress
  • An experiment with new and emerging technology — including successes and failures
  • A ready-to-go technology tool or solution that participants can use at their home institution
  • A critical and/or reflective session on a pressing issue in libraries
  • An workshop on a tool or tools commonly used in libraries
  • Browse previous sessions in our conference archives.
Session Formats:

Lecture Sessions

60-minute lecture-style conference presentations highlighting a technology, resource or service;

Hands-On Sessions

90-minute sessions offering participants an opportunity to work hands-on with technology, most often in a bring-your-own-device setting. We have limited computer lab capacity which could be appropriate for small sessions where BYOD won’t work. If you have questions about this, contact: libtechconference@macalester.edu

Workshop Sessions

60 or 90-minute sessions offering participants a highly interactive learning experience teaching or demonstrating a particular procedure, skill, or technique.  These sessions include details of the topic from the presenter(s) and should provide ample time for audience interaction, participation, and involvement.

Panel Discussion Sessions

60 or 90-minute session offering participants a more in-depth opportunity to learn about a technology-related topic or issue through a facilitated discussion involving multiple presenters. Opportunities to actively involve the audience in the dialogue should be incorporated into the session.

Lightning Round Sessions

Informal talk lasting 7-10 minutes highlighting a technology project at your library.  Talks are grouped into a single 90 minute session; Q&A usually facilitated following each session.

EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR SESSION PROPOSALS:

When preparing your proposal submission, please keep in mind that we are looking for a mixture of sessions that are interactive and/or which provide practical skills and information; sessions which will appeal to a wide range of libraries; and sessions which address technology trends and tools that are of high interest to libraries.

Session proposals will be evaluated for acceptance based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to conference goals.

How relevant is the proposal to conference goals which are to offer sessions that:

  • explore how all types of libraries are being impacted by technology, or how existing technologies are being used by libraries in new or unique ways;
  • are interactive in nature;
  • provide opportunities for attendees to learn new skills or about tools.
  1. Currency of topic.

New or old technologies that are relevant to libraries today.

  1. Appeal to diverse library audience (public, school, special, academic, etc.)
  2. Quality of written proposal.
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