Participate at Menucha! Call for lightning talks

Quick!  You have 5 minutes and 20 slides to tell your colleagues from Oregon and Washington academic libraries what you think about the future!  What will you tell them?  Will you outline a dystopic future where Google has implanted a device in our brains, tracking and making available our every thought?  Will you inspire them with a story about how libraries are leading the charge to restore the economy and save democracy?  Maybe you’ll share some thoughts you’ve been having about how a new technology is going to rock our worlds.

The 2010 ACRL OR/WA Annual Joint Conference at Menucha will feature Ignite-style talks presented by conference participants.  These fast, fun lightning talks will give more people a chance to participate and will allow many more ideas to be thrown into our two-day discussion about the future.

We want your ideas for lightning talks!  Our topic is broad — nothing less than the future of academic libraries!  What do you worry about when you think about our future?  What do you hope for?  Are you working on a project that you believe represents some of what the future has to offer us?  We’re looking for a nice mixture of practical, visionary, funny, dire, and inventive.  Wherever you are in the library or your career – from library director to library student – you have something to add to this discussion!

To submit your idea, please go to and fill out the quick form.  The proposal process is really informal, just tell us your idea!  The ACRL-OR Board will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis until all spots are filled or August 1, 2010. Your early submission will help us plan a better conference!

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