MLA 2018: Late Breaking Lightning Talks

The 2018 National Program Committee invites submissions for Late Breaking Lightning Talks that support the theme, “ATL: Adapting, Transforming, Leading.” Submit using this online abstract submission site starting on Monday, February 12, 2018 and ending at 6:00 p.m., central time, on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Submission Site:

Lightning Talks are brief, focus on one main point, and are verbally oriented. They will be strictly limited to no more than 5 minutes of presentation time. Lightning Talks will be presented during one of the following time slots:
Monday, May 21, 1:00-2:25pm
Tuesday May 22, 3:00-4:25 pm

Plan your submission using the structured abstract guidelines. When submitting structured abstracts, authors will decide whether their abstract is a research abstract or program description abstract:

  • Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.
  • Program Description abstracts describe the creation and improvement of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.
    Authors should select carefully, as different criteria are used to assess research and program description abstracts. All criteria for both kinds of abstracts are available in the MLA ’18 FAQ: Papers, Posters, Lightning Talks, and Special Content Sessions.

    Late Breaking Lightning Talks acceptance or decline letters will be sent by Tuesday, March 20.

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