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MLA 2021 Annual Conference Breakout Program and Lightning Talks Call for Proposals

MLA 2021 Annual Conference
Connect to the Future
October 13-14, 2021
Hosted Online via Hopin

Submissions for Breakout Programs welcome through Friday, May 21, 2021. Submissions for Lightning Talks are due Friday, August 6, 2021.

The Michigan Library Association is seeking proposals for breakout programs and Lightning Talks for the 2021 Annual Conference which will be held virtually on October 13-14, 2021 via Hopin.

This has been a year of expedited growth and innovation. It has been a year of strength and resiliency. It has been a year of social distanced community collaboration. You’ve been spearheading new initiatives, discovering new ways to reach your patrons and students, and striving to improve your professional skills. We want to hear all about it, and about how your ideas are going to drive Michigan’s libraries and library professionals into the future.

Read on for details and when you're ready, download the Breakout Session Proposal Requirements (pdf) or the Lightning Talk Proposal Requirements (pdf), then click the buttons below to submit your proposal.

Submit A Breakout Session proposal
Submit a Lightning Talk Proposal

Breakout Program Submission Guidelines

Breakout Session Proposal Requirements.PDF

  • The submitter does not need to be a presenter.
  • You do not need to be an MLA member to submit.
  • Contact information is required for each presenter. Presenters are strongly encouraged to submit a headshot.
  • Program sessions are typically forty-five to sixty minutes of content.
  • Presenters are not reimbursed or compensated for presentation time or any other expense related to their participation in the conference.
  • Presenters, including MLA members, must register and pay for the day(s) they attend Annual Conference if they plan to participate in any conference activities beyond their presentation.
  • Presenters are not required to attend the conference beyond their presentation.
  • Programs proposals must include at least three session objectives and identify a target audience.

Breakout Speaker and Technology Requirements

  • All breakout sessions will be presented remotely on the Hopin event platform
  • Presenters do not need to be located together
  • All presenters must create their own free account on Hopin
  • It is strongly recommended that presenters use wired internet/ethernet cord to help maintain internet dependability during their live session.
  • Presenters must provide computer, internet access, and other presentation equipment

Session Classification

The annual conference work group aims to offer a wide variety of content for all libraries and professionals. The following tracks will be used to classify programs.

Create – Sessions focus on concepts, programs, or services new to libraries and/or what’s trending for the new decade

Connect – Sessions focus on services and programs that engage staff, patrons, and/or the community with the goal of improving library services.

Reimagine – Sessions focus on how libraries re-think and adapt services and programs to the changing needs of staff, patrons, and/or the community.

Lead – Sessions focus on how library staff, patrons, and/or community can lead others towards inspiring solutions and healthy choices.

Session Recording

MLA will record all breakout sessions and share the recordings with registered event attendees on the MLA website following the conference conclusion.

Submit A Breakout Session proposal

Lightning Talk Submission Guidelines

Lightning Talk Proposal Requirements.PDF

Lightning Talks are 5-minute video shorts that will be available for viewing throughout the conference.

Are you working on a new project, but don’t have results ready to present a formal program? Experience a big FAIL you want to warn others against? Have fun library stories to tell? Want to be creative in how you deliver an idea to peers? Consider creating a Lightning Talk, where you can present important topics with peers in an informal setting. A good Lightning Talk focuses on one main theme, presents useful information, stimulates discussion, and doesn’t take itself too seriously, so have fun. It’s a great way to jump into presenting without building a full-blown program.

  • The submitter should be the presenter.
  • You do not need to be an MLA member to submit.
  • Presenters are strongly encouraged to submit a headshot.
  • Lightning Talks are approximately 5 minutes of content and do not exceed 6 minutes long
  • Presenters are not reimbursed or compensated for presentation time or any other expense related to their participation in the conference.
  • Presenters, including MLA members, must register and pay for the day(s) they attend Annual Conference if they plan to participate in any conference activities beyond their presentation.
  • Presenters are not required to attend the conference.

Lightning Talk Technology Requirements

  • Submitted to MLA dropbox as .mov or .mp4
  • 5-6 minute maximum video length
  • All Lightning Talk videos will be hosted as unlisted YouTube videos
  • Only one presenter per Lightning Talk
  • Breakout sessions are welcome to provide a related Lightning Talk
  • Presenters must provide computer, internet access, and other presentation equipment
  • Have fun and keep it engaging
Submit a Lightning Talk Proposal

Committee Selection Process

The following criteria will be used in assessing the viability of including a program in the schedule. The work group retains the right to reject, modify, or combine proposals.

Purpose – Does the proposal clearly identify a goal and takeaways for the audience?
Audience – Is the target audience clearly identified?
Practicality – Is the topic appropriate for a conference breakout session in content and target audience?
Engagement – Will the presentation and presenter(s) keep the audience’s focus and attention through engaging visuals, useful and relatable content?
Relevance – Is the topic of current interest, bringing new ideas and a fresh perspective to its intended audience and theme?
Qualifications – Do the presenter(s) have sufficient background experience to present on the proposed topic?
Diversity and Inclusion – Does the presentation help give voice to underrepresented groups that have been historically marginalized or offer diverse viewpoints?

All proposals will be assessed a score value from 0-50 based on the above criteria to help in fairly determining which proposals to accept for presentation. The points will be assessed as follows and the scores from the individual committee members will be combined to produce an average overall score.

Criteria Points
Purpose 10
Audience 5
Practicality 5
Engagement 10
Timeliness/Relevance 10
Qualifications 5
Diversity and Inclusion 5
Total Score 50

Agreements and Selection Notification

MLA will send all individual presenters a Presenter Agreement indicating the date, time, and details of their presentation. This will be confirmed by the presenters and returned to MLA.

Timeline

  • May 21, 2021 – Final day to submit breakout proposals
  • June 11, 2021 – Selection notifications and agreements distributed via email to program presenters.
  • July 2, 2020 – Signed breakout speaker agreements due
  • July 30, 2021 – Final day to submit lightning talk proposals
  • August 20, 2021 – Selection notifications and agreements distributed via email to lightning presenters.
  • September 10, 2021 – Signed lightning talk agreements due
  • October 1, 2021 – Handouts received for posting on the MLA website and on the virtual event page. Handouts received after this date may not be posted for attendees before or during the conference.
  • October 4 – 6, 2021 – Practice sessions available for presenter rehearsals
  • October 13 – 14, 2021 – MLA Annual Conference, Online via Hopin

Questions

Please feel free to contact Amber Sheerin, MLA Program and Event Director, or Claire Lopiccolo, Conference Chair, with any questions you may have prior to your submission.

Claire Lopiccolo: [email protected]

Amber Sheerin: [email protected]


Submit A Breakout Session proposal
Submit a Lightning Talk Proposal

 

 


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