Lightning Talk Proposals

The deadline for lightning talk proposal submissions will be in January 2020

The LOEX 2020 Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit lightning talk proposals for consideration to the 48th Annual LOEX Conference in Ypsilanti, MI. The conference will be held May 7-9, 2020.

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? Maybe your idea is best suited for a Lightning Talk!

A small, but fun part of the LOEX conference are the Lightning Talks, which are a great way to share ideas and best practices that don't warrant a full-blown breakout session. Topics can be practical implementations or conceptual ideas, and they 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: 


Instructional Nuts and Bolts


Building in Quality Control


Forging Ahead for 21st Century Learners


Stepping Up to the Line

Failures and Problem-Solving

Retooling and Reinventing

Collaboration and Outreach

Assembling Production Teams

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 after lunch on the Saturday of the conference, 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. 

Lightning Talk Submission Information

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 Monday, April 6, 2020. A Lightning Talk presenter is not required to, but can choose to submit a full paper version (up to 1,000 words) of their talk for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings.

Lightning Talk Submission Timeline

  • Mid-January 2020: Deadline to submit lightning talk proposals
  • Early February 2020: Notification of acceptance of lightning talk proposal
  • May 1, 2020: Deadline for all Lightning Talk presenters to submit full papers (up to 1000 words) for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings
  • May 7-9, 2020: 48th Annual LOEX Conference in Ypsilanti, MI

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, please visit our Lightning Talk Guidelines page (which will be posted by early November).

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