Library Research Showcase 2013
University of Illinois Library faculty and academic professionals are invited to submit proposals for the Library Research Showcase, which will take place November 19, 2013. The showcase will highlight recently completed and ongoing research within the library, emphasizing its impact on the University, the professional disciplines of our many researchers, and beyond. All faculty and AP research is welcome regardless of disciplinary scope. However, presentations will not include "how we did it good" or other demonstrations without a clear research component.
Presentation Formats and Requirements
Presentation formats will include posters sessions, tech demos, and lightning round talks. Due to time constraints, there will be a limit of nine lightning talk presentations of five minutes each. However, there are funds available for printing a significant number of posters in addition to any posters that presenters may already have due to previous conferences, and submissions of talks, demos, and poster ideas based on conference presentations, publications, and ongoing research are welcome.
Presentations of already completed research are welcome as long as the final research output (presentation or publication) has occurred since November 2012.
Download the presentation proposal form.
Lightning Talk Guidelines
- Presenters must be library faculty or academic professionals.
- Each presenter will be limited to five minutes, with only one presenter per talk. A timekeeper will stop speakers at five minutes in order to maintain the schedule.
- Each presenter is limited to five PowerPoint slides maximum, and these slides should use the following slide headings as appropriate:
- Problem Statement
- Next Steps
- Up to nine lightning talks will be accepted. If more submissions are received, proposals beyond the nine will be invited to present in the poster session.
Poster/Tech Demo Guidelines
- Posters and tech demos must include a library faculty member or academic professional as an author, but others may be co-authors.
- Someone must be present with the poster at all times during the poster session or tech demo. This may be one of the co-authors besides the library faculty member or academic professional.
- Previously presented posters still held by the authors may be re-presented here as long as they fit the time guidelines above. Other posters accepted will be printed for the author by the planning committee, with a maximum of 30 printed with these funds.
- Poster presenters should consult the library guide on creating poster presentations for best practices in poster creation. The "Images" tab on this guide has an Illinois logo for use as well. Posters that will need to be printed by the planning committee should have a maximum size of 48" x 36" (or 36" x 48"). Templates for this poster size are available from Public Affairs.
- In addition to the basic evaluation criteria, tech demos will be contingent on the ability to accommodate the necessary set-up in the spaces reserved for the showcase.
- Tech demos will occur at the same time as the poster session.
Proposals must be submitted using the proposal form, including a presentation abstract of 200-250 words. All presentation proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria, which should be included in the abstract:
- Explains research question or problem.
- Represents original research.
- Has a clear and coherent methodology.
- Explains impact on relevant field/discipline.
In addition, lightning talk presentations will be evaluated by a fifth criterion: Suitability to presentation format. To aid evaluation of this criterion, lightning talk proposals will include a two to three sentence statement of how the speaker will present the lightning talk in a manner best suited to the brief format.
- October 4, 2013: Completed proposal forms for posters and lightning talks must be emailed to Dan Tracy by the end of the day.
- October 11, 2013: Notification of accepted proposals will be sent.
- November 8, 2013: Final posters (preferred in PowerPoint format for new posters to print) and lightning round presentation slides (PowerPoint) are due. These must be submitted by this date in order to arrange printing of posters and to compile slides into a single slideshow.
- November 19, 2013: Research Showcase. Posters will be mounted in advance for the presenters.
Questions and Comments
Questions, comments, and ideas concerning the research showcase can be submitted to Dan Tracy, chair of the showcase planning committee, or other members of the planning committee:
- Beth Sandore Namachchivaya
- Beth Woodard
- Jim Hahn
- Peg Burnette