Call For Lightning Round Proposals


The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite Lightning Round proposals for our seventh annual conference, to be held on June 8, 2018 at the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library. The lightning round session will be held after lunch and presented to the entire group. Lightning round presentations will be 8-12 minutes in length.

This year’s theme, ACT, invites attendees to tell stories of action. Although the theme is one word, the frame for ACT is Advance Challenge Transform. How do our actions as library workers advance, challenge, and transform the profession and the communities we serve? At LSLS18, we will share and celebrate the day-to-day practical work we do that often does not get recognition at conferences, and hopefully in doing so will empower each other to ACT.

Possibilities for presentation topics include, but are not limited to:


What not-so-glamorous big projects have you completed that you’re proud of? What tips and tricks do you have to share about getting stuff done? How does your library employ data-driven decision making? When is a time that you felt like you had a mic-drop moment in the library? What empowering stories do you have about working with your community?


How have you challenged stereotypes and prejudices through programming? What steps have you taken to challenge the idea of what a library is and what it can do (e.g. open mic nights, social worker assistance, dental service, etc.)? How have you faced and learned from failure? How has your library faced and learned from challenges?


How does your library transform the lives of your patrons and community? What initiatives are aimed at meeting the needs of traditionally under-served communities? How can we practically adapt to change? How does your library approach accessibility?

Successful lightning round presentations will be applicable to many types of libraries and showcase effective and innovative practices. Please see the LSLS breakout session rubric for more information on how proposals will be evaluated. All lightning round presenters will receive a discounted registration rate of $25.

Breakout session presenters should submit proposals at proposals should be submitted by April 27. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in early May.

LSLS allows library staff to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. Staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to attend. The event is organized and supported by library staff and educators from Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin; for a full list of our supporters, see

For questions about proposals and submissions, please contact us. A complete listing of speakers, agenda, and costs will be released in April.