Submit a lightning talk proposal for the NEA Fall 2016 Meeting!

Submit a lightning talk proposal for the NEA Fall 2016 Meeting!

NEA is soliciting proposals for a lightning talk session to take place at the fall meeting on Friday, October 15, 2016 in at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. The theme is “Bridging the Gaps”. Students and early professionals are encouraged to submit!

Presenting at a New England Archivists meeting is a great way to take your first steps to getting involved in the profession. NEA is small, local, and is attended by archivists you will meet again and again in your career if you stick around in the New England area. It’s also very affordable!

What is a lightning talk? A lightning talk is a short presentation which typically lasts between 5-10 minutes. It is concise, to the point, and serves to highlight a particular topic or example. You might have a few slides to accompany your talk; for example, in the PechaKucha presentation style, slides are shown at standardized intervals set to a timer – traditionally 20 slides for 20 seconds each, totally 6 minutes and 40 seconds — while the talk is given. This is a great format for a highly visual topic, but it’s just one of several possible ways you can give a lightning talk.

Lightning talks are excellent opportunities for new archivists to practice speaking in professional spaces. It’s good practice in sticking to your topic and being economical with your words, and it’s less intimidating.

What can I present on? The Call for Proposals for NEA’s Fall Meeting asks for presentations on the following:

“During Bridging the Gaps, we will explore inspiring examples of how archivists, associated professionals, and records stakeholders are working to bridge gaps in collection development and accessibility of materials.

The Fall 2016 Program Committee is especially interested in proposals about the following:

— Improving the accessibility of collections

— Adapting and expanding language to better connect with our audiences

— Building diverse collections that reach new users

— Connecting with and serving under-documented communities

— Fostering relationships between archivists and stakeholders, including records creators and users, outside of traditional repositories.”

Please consider submitting a proposal! Click here to submit your proposal.  The deadline is July 30, 2016.


By: Annalisa Moretti



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