Planning Your Proposal

How to Plan Your LibTech Proposal

Note: The call for proposals has closed for the 2020 conference.

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.

For the submission form you will need: Title, brief description of 250 words or less (more information below), and 2-3 learning objectives. You do not submit the names of co-presenters at this time.

Tips for a good description: Be succinct. Concisely describe what your session is about. If connection to technology is not apparent please describe it. Space is limited in our online schedule, having a single paragraph that is 250 words or less is important. Describe what is included in your session, e.g. “This panel presentation…”, “Audience will be divided into small groups to discuss…”. Think about your audience: write an enticing, accurate description. If your want your audience to bring a device please tell them.

Compensation for presenting:  The primary presenter for each non-lightning round session that is accepted will receive complimentary single-day registration to the conference.  Additional co-presenters will be guaranteed a spot at the conference.  

Questions: If you have additional questions as you are preparing for your session proposal, please contact libtechconference@macalester.edu.

Presentation Topic Ideas:

  • A project (in-progress, future one you are planning, one from the past).
  • An experiment with new and emerging technology — successes and/or 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 session interacting with hardware or software that can be easily accessed by the audience.
  • Browse previous sessions in our conference archives.

SESSION FORMATS:

Traditional and Interactive sessions are 60 minutes in length. Lightning sessions are 10 minutes each, during a 60-minute block. Sessions may be led by individuals or groups.

Traditional: Focus is on an individual, panel, or group presentation.

Interactive: Includes an element of audience participation such as small group work, pair and share, hardware/software interaction on devices, or other activities.

Lightning Round: Informal talk lasting 7-10 minutes.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

When preparing your proposal submission, please keep in mind we are looking for sessions that address our conference goals and appeal to our attendees. Anyone is welcome to register to attend our conference, but know they are usually employees from a wide variety of types of libraries (academic, public, school, legal, etc.) and work in all sorts of positions (technical services, public services, directors, etc.). 

Conference goals:

  1. Provide opportunities for library professionals to learn how changing technologies are affecting how users interact with libraries.
  2. Provide opportunities for library professionals to learn how libraries are using technology to create new and better ways to manage their resources.
  3. Provide opportunities for attendees to learn new skills or tools to take back and adapt for use within their own library.
  4. Provide opportunities for interaction and discussion with other library professionals.
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