[Web4lib] Lightning Talks at LITA Forum 2009: Fast Talkers With Great Ideas Wanted!

Zoe Stewart-Marshall zoe at ohiolink.edu
Mon Aug 24 17:21:01 EDT 2009

Along with sparkling keynotes and terrific programs, LITA Forum 2009, 
October 1-4 in Salt Lake City, offers two sessions of nine five-minute 
lightning talks (at previous Forums, called Five Minute Madness) on 
Friday, Oct. 2 at 4:20 and again on Sat. Oct. 3 at 10:50 am.

Lightning talks are snappy presentations that are great fun for 
attendees and an opportunity for presenters to showcase late-breaking 
ideas, trends, and achievements. Speakers are strictly held to five 
minutes (we sound the gong at 4:59). There is a Q&A period for all 
speakers at the end.

Want to continue the conversations after the lightning talks? Sessions 
are conveniently scheduled right before Friday’s Vendor Showcase 
Reception and Saturday’s lunch.

Lightning talks are first-come, first-serve. We will assign the first 18 
people who reply, and once these slots are full, the other names will go 
on a waiting list. We assume you’re registered for LITA Forum!


1. Send an email to kgs at esilibrary.com with your name, email, 
organization, title for your lightning talk, and preferred session 
(October 2 or October 3). Please put LITA Forum Lightning Talk in the 
subject of your message. Use the Conference Schedule to help you select 
your preferred session time.

2. We will notify the lightning-talkers and the first few runners-up by 
September 15, 2009.

3. If your plans change, please let us know so we can reassign your slot!


1. LITA Forum attendees from companies are welcome to participate, but 
the content must relate to technology and libraries and should not be a 
sales pitch.

2. People who already have programs, papers, posters accepted at LITA 
Forum are requested to give others a chance (unless they are burning 
with a completely different idea they are absolutely dying to share).

3. These are quick, fun, low-barrier talks. Extensive slides and 
handouts are not required or expected. Remember, when the gong strikes, 
you’re outta there.

4. If you use slides, please bring them in a format compatible with MS 
PowerPoint on a thumb drive for loading onto the computer in the room 
during the break preceding the session (or load them to a slidesharing 
site and advise us of the URL). We will ensure that they are forwarded 
to the LITA office for inclusion on the Forum website.

Zoe Stewart-Marshall
Assistant Director of Library Systems - User Services Development
Columbus, OH 43221
email: zoe at ohiolink.edu

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