ACRL 2021 Session Format Requirements

Be sure to review the five steps for preparing your presentation.

Contributed Papers

Semi-Live

  • Your semi-live presentation combines your pre-recorded content with a live, interactive experience. Your semi-live contributed paper session is 25 minutes in length, including your pre-recorded content (15 minutes) and live Q+A (10 minutes).
  • You will “go live” with attendees after the recording for interactive Q+A when you can enable your video and audio. Please plan on approximately 10 minutes of live, interactive Q+A post-recording. Speakers cannot share their screen during the live portion.
  • Your semi-live session will start and end at a specific time in the ACRL 2021 program schedule. Review the conference schedule to find the date and time of your session.
  • When your semi-live session starts during your scheduled date/time, you and your co-presenters can interact with attendees via the chat while the recording is playing.
  • If you have co-presenters, the maximum for the live Q&A portion is up to five individuals. Speakers will be the only people on video, attendees will participate via the chat.
  • Your session will not be available until your scheduled date/time but will also be available afterwards as a recording.
  • You have the opportunity to submit an accompanying research and position paper that will be published as part of the ACRL 2021 Conference Proceedings. Completed papers are due by Monday, April 12, 2021. Submission instructions are online. Please know that papers are optional, and you are not required to submit a paper.

On-Demand

  • Your recording should last no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Your recording will be included in an on-demand library which can be sorted and filtered by keyword, primary tag, session format, etc. so your content is easy for attendees to find.
  • Attendees who view your session on-demand will be able to participate asynchronously in the chat so you will want to check in on your session at least once a day to respond to comments, questions, and feedback.
  • You have the opportunity to submit an accompanying research and position paper that will be published as part of the ACRL 2021 Conference Proceedings. Completed papers are due by Monday, April 12, 2021. Submission instructions are online. Please know that papers are optional and you are not required to submit a paper.

Panel Sessions

Semi-Live

  • A semi-live session combines pre-recorded content with a live, interactive experience. Your semi-live panel session is 60 minutes in length, including your pre-recorded content (45 minutes) and live Q+A (15 minutes).
  • You will “go live” with attendees after the recording for interactive Q+A when you can enable your video and audio.
  • Your semi-live session will start and end at a specific time in the ACRL 2021 program schedule. Review the conference schedule to find the date and time of your session.
  • When your semi-live session starts during your scheduled date/time, you and your co-presenters can interact with attendees via the chat while the recording is playing. Speakers cannot share their screen during the live portion.
  • If you have co-presenters, the maximum for the live Q&A portion is up to five individuals. Speakers will be the only people on video, attendees will participate via the chat.
  • Your session will not be available until your scheduled date/time but will also be available afterwards as a recording.

On-Demand

  • Your recording should last no longer than 45 minutes.
  • Attendees who view your session on-demand will be able to participate asynchronously in the Chat so you will want to check in on your session at least once a day to respond to comments, questions, and feedback.
  • Your recording will be included in an on-demand library which can be sorted and filtered by keyword, primary tag, session format, etc. so your content is easy for attendees to find.

Lightning Talks

While there may be up to two authors listed for the lightning talk, please have only one presenter in the recorded presentation. Your pre-recorded talk can be up to 5 minutes long (maximum) and the slide deck needs to consist of 20 slides advancing about every 15 seconds. Traditionally, lightning talks slides advance automatically, but you can advance them manually if you’d prefer.

To set your slides to auto advance in Google Slides:

  • Start Present mode
  • Open the settings (under the gear icon)
  • Select “Auto advance (when played)” and choose 15 seconds
  • Select the Play icon to start your 5 minutes of slides

Note this doesn’t “stick” and you’ll need to reset it if you exit and re-enter Present mode. If you run into problems or have other questions please contact Sarah Bankston (sbankston@tamu.edu) and Heidi Burkhardt (heidisb@umich.edu).

  • Your session will not be available until your scheduled date/time but will also be available afterwards as a recording.
  • Lightning talks will be presented in groups of 5 for a total of a 25-minute session, so it is important to not go over time when you pre-record your content. There is no “live” component to lighting talks in the semi-live program.

Poster Sessions

  • Your poster session will be a pre-recorded presentation with an accompanying document to display your poster content visually.
  • Your pre-recorded content should last no longer than five minutes. Think of your recording as an overview or “elevator speech” of your poster.
  • Your visual poster must be one-page. You can create your poster using PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Canvas, or any other appropriate program.
  • Visuals should dominate your presentation. Think in terms of graphic impact and include pictures, data, charts, graphs, diagrams, drawings, memes, photographs, and other types of illustrations.
  • You must save your visual poster as a PDF and the file size cannot exceed 10MB.
  • Attendees who view your session on-demand will be able to participate asynchronously in the chat so you will want to check in on your session at least once a day to respond to comments, questions, and feedback.
  • Your digital poster session will be included in an on-demand library which can be sorted and filtered by keyword, primary tag, session format, etc. so your content is easy for attendees to find.

Roundtable Discussions

  • Your roundtable discussion will be offered in an interactive collaboration room similar to a Zoom room. Both the presenters (maximum of 2 presenters) and the attendees can interact via video and audio. Up to 25 individuals total can participate in the live session.
  • Your roundtable discussion will be 60 minutes in length.
  • Your roundtable discussion will start and end at a specific time in the ACRL 2021 program schedule. Review the conference schedule to find the date and time of your session.
  • You should identify at least three questions to kick-off the discussion and keep the conversation moving.
  • Your session will be recorded and available afterwards as a recording.

TechConnect Presentations

  • Three TechConnect presentations will be offered during a 60-minute slot. Each pre-recorded TechConnect presentation will be 15 minutes in length, with 15 minutes at the end for a shared Q+A among the three TechConnect presentations.
  • Your recording should last no longer than 15 minutes.
  • You will “go live” with attendees after the three TechConnect recordings for an interactive Q+A when you can enable your video and audio. Plan on approximately 15 minutes of live, interactive Q+A.
  • Due to the shared Q+A, please plan on one presenter representing your TechConnect presentation during the live Q+A. Speakers will be the only people on video, attendees will participate via the chat.
  • Your semi-live session will start and end at a specific time in the ACRL 2021 program schedule. Review the conference schedule to find the date and time of your session.
  • When your semi-live session starts during your scheduled date/time, you and your co-presenters can interact with attendees via the chat while the recording is playing.
  • Your session will not be available until your scheduled date/time but will also be available afterwards as a recording.

Virtual Conference Webcasts

Semi-Live

  • A semi-live session combines pre-recorded content with a live, interactive experience. Your semi-live session is 60 minutes in length, including your pre-recorded content (45 minutes) and live Q+A (15 minutes).
  • You will “go live” with attendees after the recording for interactive Q+A when you can enable your video and audio.
  • Your semi-live session will start and end at a specific time in the ACRL 2021 program schedule. Review the conference schedule to find the date and time of your session.
  • When your semi-live session starts during your scheduled date/time, you and your co-presenters can interact with attendees via the chat while the recording is playing.
  • If you have co-presenters, the maximum for the live Q&A portion is up to five individuals. Speakers will be the only people on video, attendees will participate via the chat.
  • Your session will not be available until your scheduled date/time but will also be available afterwards as a recording.
  • For the purpose of the Virtual Conference, your virtual conference webcast will be listed as a panel session.

On-Demand

  • Your recording should last no longer than 45 minutes.
  • Attendees who view your session on-demand will be able to participate asynchronously in the Chat so you will want to check in on your session at least once a day to respond to comments, questions, and feedback.
  • Your recording will be included in an on-demand library which can be sorted and filtered by keyword, primary tag, session format, etc. so your content is easy for attendees to find.
  • For the purpose of the Virtual Conference, your virtual conference webcast will be listed as a panel session.