South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association
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Final Program Schedule (UPDATED 10/21/2020!)
Printable Program Schedule (to save printer toner/ink)
Abstracts: Contributed Papers & Poster/Lightning Talks
Continuing Education Classes – Invitation emails will be sent separately by the class organizers!
Silent Auction Gallery – Browse through the auction gallery and submit bids on items donated by your colleagues.
Armadillo Accolades – See who has been recognized with a 2020 Armadillo Accolade!
Pre-Conference Social Hour: Sunday, October 25 / 7 – 8 p.m.
Trivia Night (register): Monday, October 26 / 7 – 8 p.m.
Bingo! (register): Tuesday, October 27 / 7 – 8 p.m.
Mixology Class (register): Wednesday, October 28 / 7 – 8 p.m.
Paper & Lightning/Poster Talk FAQs
Several questions have been received recently about the papers and lightning/poster talks, so we offer the following answers to help provide some guidance.
1. Do papers only get one slide?
2. For paper presentations, how will this work?
If you wish to pre-record your presentation instead of doing it live, the video file will need to be provided to email@example.com by Wednesday, October 21. Please note: All video submissions will be uploaded to the SCC YouTube Channel to facilitate presenting the videos during the virtual meeting, but the videos will be set to Private and will not be available to the public YouTube audience.
3. Do I do a lightning talk for a poster?
Lightning talks are 5 minutes, a slide is optional.
4. What are the parameters for the poster?
Traditional poster sizes:
Poster/Lightning Talk Guidelines
5. Where do I send unredacted final abstracts?
6. For posters, do I need to send a PDF? Can there be embedded videos and links?
We ask that presenters send their slides (PDF preferred) presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, October 21.
7. Are the presentations being recorded?
8. If I am doing a poster, do I need to show up for a dry run?
9. When am I presenting my paper or lightning/poster talk?
Continuing Education Classes
Two continuing education (CE) classes will be held on Thursday, October 29, for anyone who is interested in attending.
Grants and Proposal Writing
In this 2-hour webinar, beginning and intermediate grant proposal writers will receive an overview of the grant process including: finding funding opportunities and the standard sections for a proposal (such as documenting the need and program evaluation). Learn about common pitfalls to avoid and gain some tips from the field!
What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling
A one-hour introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. In this talk, we’ll look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. No prior knowledge of the topic is required.
At the end of the talk, attendees will be able to:
CLOSED: Call for Proposals for Papers & Posters/Lightning Talks
(Note: A PDF version of the Call for Proposals is available for download, if you prefer.)
The virtual meeting will only have contributed papers and contributed posters / lightning talks. It will not feature tech talks or roundtables.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Papers and Posters Subcommittees of the Program Committee. Proposals will undergo blind review. (Subcommittee members will not be given author information.)
This year, the proposal form is streamlined into one form. Please select whether you want to present a paper or a poster/lightning talk, and answer the relevant questions.
Submissions should be in the structured abstract format and should be designated whether they are Research or Non-Research. Please remember that only entries in the Research category are eligible for the SCC/MLA and SCAMeL-sponsored Elizabeth K. Eaton, PhD Research Awards for exceptional research.
For guidance in determining whether to submit an abstract as Research or Non-Research, please see MLA’s The Structured Abstract: An Essential Tool for Researchers.
Submit your contributed paper proposal using this online form. Include with your submission:
One of the questions asks about having the internet bandwidth to present during a live online meeting. If you do not have this, and you are not able to provide a recorded video, the Program Committee will reach out to you separately. We are committed to reducing barriers to participation.