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Lightning Talks at the OCULA Spring Conference

Every year at the end of April, OCULA organises a one-day Spring Conference. This event has traditionally been held in Jordan, but in order to make it more widely accessible, we have moved it this year to the historic Mills Hardware building in downtown Hamilton. The theme OCULA spring conferenceof this year’s conference, to be held April 28, is Storytime! Using narrative to represent ourselves, our work, and our libraries. We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker will be the professional storyteller Sage Tyrtle.

Lightning talks are an essential part of every Spring Conference, and this year we want you to share your library stories and explain how you use narrative in your professional life. Topics for these 7-minute talks might include (but are not limited to):

  • Presenting your research as narrative
  • Using data to tell your library’s story
  • Using storytelling techniques in instruction
  • Telling your own story through social media
  • Telling your own story in a job interview
  • Sharing a meaningful story from your personal experience in libraries

Please submit your session proposal (max. 250 words) using the online proposal submission form, no later than February 17, 2017 at 4:00pm.

All proposals will be reviewed and you will be notified of our decision by February 24, 2017.

Registration for the conference will open on February 28, 2017.

The conference will take place on Friday April 28, 2017.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fiona Inglis (, Jack Young (, or Juliene McLaughlin (

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