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Tips for Submitting Posters and Lightning Talks

Earlier this month, the 2022 National Program Committee invited abstract submissions for poster and lightning talks for MLA ‘22. Posters and lightning talks are a great way to share research projects and library programs with your colleagues. The short presentation format is ideal for smaller projects, research in progress, or first-time presenters!

If you’re interested in submitting an abstract for a poster or lightning talk, check out the tips below to take your submission as strong as possible:

  • Know your audience—does the topic fit with the MLA ‘22 conference theme?
  • Pay attention to the scoring rubricsbe sure to incorporate these elements into your abstract!
  • Keep it shortbe as clear and succinct as possible in your abstract. Check out The Structured Abstract: An Essential Tool for Researchers for guidance!
  • Ask a friend to reviewthis is a great way to check for clarity and catch typos!

Find more information on submitting a poster or lightning talk at MLA ’22 FAQ: Papers, Posters, Lightning Talks, and Immersion Sessions.

Questions? Contact Debra Cavanaugh, director, professional development.

 

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