5-minute Lightning Talks

Many voices, many perspectives…just five minutes to share a story!

After a successful launch in Kuala Lumpur, we’re excited to be bringing Lightning Talks back to WLIC this year. Over three sessions, 25+ speakers from around the world and across the library field will be challenged to share a glimpse into innovative projects with Congress delegates in just five minutes. Experience a cross-section of the library world – from projects with marginalised groups to personal experiences in the field, problem-solving ideas and stories of libraries creating positive change in their communities. See the online programme for full details, speakers, and topics. Drop in, listen to stories and see if inspiration strikes!


Thursday, 29 August, 08.30 – 15.45


Skalkotas — Megaron Athens International Convention Centre


Session 250 | 08:30 – 10:30 | Skalkotas

  1. Introduction by the Chair
    Ann Okerson
  2. Catch the Book Bug through Read, Play and Trade
    Heng Huey Bin
  3. Students’ Emotional Responses to Copyright Before and After a Copyright Intensive Course
    Sara R Benson
  4. We saw a need: we published Digital Essentials using students. learning designers and subject experts as peer reviewers
    Heather Todd
  5. Exploring the inclusion of students with disabilities in standard classes. What are the perspectives for youth librarianship in Québec (Canada)
    Joanne Plante (on behalf of Valérie Kempa)
  6. How the City of Swan Libraries support the SDGs
    Atlanta Meyer
  7. Shared Reading
    Halo Locher
  8. Urging citizens to be S.U.R.E. in using online content through promoting information literacy
    Sara Pek
  9. Questions
  10. UK Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award: celebrating pupil achievement in school libraries and the school librarians who support and inspire them
    Annie Everall
  11. L2L: Professional Development for All Library Staff Who Teach
    Philip Cohen
  12. The Need for In-reach Outreach Activities for Special Collections Libraries
    Beth Turcy Kilmarx
  13. Statement on Patron Privacy and Database Access
    Mimi Calter
  14. Questions
  15. Predatory Publishing and the Medical faculty
    Niala Dwarika-Bhagat
  16. Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA)
    Jean P. Shipman
  17. Mobile based Services in Indian University libraries: A case study
  18. Questions

Session 262a | 11:45 – 12:45 | Skalkotas

  1. Introduction by the Chair
    Antonia Arahova
  2. The South Dakota Oral History Center (SDOHC): The Historian’s Responsibility to Native Americans and the Public
    Danielle De Jager-Loftus
  3. Let’s vote, kids!
    Maria Margarida Marques da Costa
  4. 10 reasons for environmental commitment in libraries (in 5 minutes)
    Harri Sahavirta
  5. Run, Hide, Fight: Library Services in the Aftermath of a School Shooting
    Abigail Moore
  6. Questions
  7. Reading Promotion Programme on literature appreciation among the young adults in Sri Lankan Schools Conducted by the Ministry of Education
    Prasanna Ranaweera
  8. The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) Photo Archive
    Jessica Holland
  9. Feeding the Planet: How Subject Access to 50 Future Foods Could Improve Health, the Environment, and the Global Economy
    Richard Sapon-White
  10. Questions

Session 273a | 14:45 – 15:45 | Skalkotas

  1. Introduction by the Chair
    Maja Žumer
  2. Libraries and Internet governance nationally and regionally
    Winston Roberts
  3. Immigrant Women Learning Swedish by Joining a Book Club
    Anya Feltreuter
  4. Creating the Story About the Library Building
    Baiba Ivane-Kronberga
  5. Delicious literature on Instagram – how to get young women hooked on literature with food, flowers and appetizing photos
    Cecilie Lyneborg
  6. Questions
  7. Making it Live!
    Ilkka Marjanen & Hanna Kaisti
  8. Breaking Down the Barrier of Science Communication with LOL
    Weng Ian (Anna) Au
  9. Questions

Information for presenters

  • Please be seated in the front row so that you can move to the lectern quickly
  • Lightning talks will be on a strict schedule of maximum 6 minutes in length
  • The Chair will be enforcing the timeline strictly, so you will need to ensure that you are able to get across your most important message within this time-frame
  • You have the option of including a PowerPoint, but please stick to a small number of slides with focus on the key points regarding what matters most
  • If you have a PowerPoint Presentation please visit the Speaker Preview Room (MC 3.2) preferably a day before to check your presentation and to make sure the IT people will load it onto the PC where the presentation is held
  • There will be questions and answers so please be ready to address them