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Program & Schedule

Important Dates

Deadline for Proposal Submission:
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Notification of Proposal Acceptance:
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Deadline for Unredacted Final Abstracts:
Friday, October 1, 2021

Call for Proposal Submissions

The Program Committee invites poster, paper, and lightning talk abstract submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2021 South Central Chapter Meeting. The meeting will take place virtually in October. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, August 31st. Submissions are being accepted for papers, posters/lightning talks, and round tables. Papers will have 15 minutes for their presentation (5 minutes for Q&A), while lightning talks and poster presentations will have 5 minutes (and be prerecorded!).

Acceptance will be announced (via email to primary author) by September 21st. Specific instructions for posters and lightning talks will be available at that time.

Proposals will undergo blind review, so be sure that your abstract is blinded (from institution/location) to ensure fair consideration. You will have the opportunity to update your abstract prior to the conference.

Submit Your Abstract (Google Form)

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 SCAMeL-sponsored SCC/MLA 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.

IMPORTANT: If you are at an institution that blocks Google Forms, then please download and complete the SCC/MLA 2021 Call for Submissions form ( Microsoft Word document ).

FAQs - Papers, Lightning/Poster Talks, Round Tables

The following questions about the papers and lightning/poster talks were received prior to the 2020 Virtual Meeting, so we offer these answers in advance of the 2021 Virtual Meeting to help provide some guidance.

1. Do papers only get one slide?
Papers may have as many slides as time permits. Paper presentations are scheduled for 20 minutes, which allows 15 minutes for your presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.

2. Do I do a lightning talk or a poster?
For this year, lightning talks and posters are considered the same presentation time. They are not separate categories. You will receive directions to create and upload your recording after acceptance. If you were doing a poster session at an in-person meeting, you would be expected to offer a summary of the poster to anyone who walks up, so this is essentially what we are expecting. A separate live Q&A period will be scheduled utilizing breakout rooms.

Lightning talks and posters have a 5-minute recording limit; the shape/quantity of slides is up to the creators/presenters. Be sure to design content that will be clear on computer screens.

3. Where do I send unredacted final abstracts?
Send your unredacted final abstracts to katie.prentice@library.tmc.edu by Friday, October 1, for inclusion in the final program.

4. Are the presentations being recorded?
No, the conference will not be recorded.

5. When am I presenting my paper or lightning/poster talk Q&A?
The Detailed Program Schedule will have presentation times listed for each session.

6. What is a round table?
Round tables are informal discussion sessions held during the conference. This is where you propose a topic and invite others to join you.

Conference Location

Connection details will be communicated to you at least one (1) week before the meeting begins in separate emails.

Contact Information

For virtual arrangements questions, contact Katie Prentice or Montie' Dobbins.

For registration questions, contact Jon Crossno.

For billing questions, contact Steven Self.

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