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Presenting your research!

A slideshow on presenting your academic research in LIS

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Presenting your research!

  1. 1. Presenting Your Results: The Home Stretch of Research Dr. Melissa Villa-Nicholas LSC 557 GSLIS, URI
  2. 2. Your research matters!  We began this semester discussing reading and writing for graduate school, and discussed how your proposals and papers are unique and original research that contributes to academic discourses All images from Google Image, Labeled for reuse
  3. 3. Why?  Presenting your research at a conference or network can:  Circulate your research into larger circles  Lead to substantial job opportunities  Lead to further publications and presentations on your work  Create a professional and social network of LIS professionals  Connect you to contemporary conversations in LIS and generate new and innovated ideas for your own library!
  4. 4. In the research process, paper, and scientific method, you are here
  5. 5. Outlets to report your results  There are a number of ways to report your results for your research, consider and look through some of the following: Conferences: ALA, ALISE, ACRL, RILA, NELA Presentations, panels, workshops, lightning talks, posters Journals: Library Trends, First Monday, Interactions Digital Outlets: HASTAC, The Chronicle of Higher Education, ALA OpEds, blogs Podcasts: ALA’s Hearing Voices, Better Library Leaders
  6. 6. Conferences, some basics  First, your going to find a conference that you want to attend. Note the deadline to submit your proposal for a panel, and the submission guidelines  From ‘The Professor is In’, a strong abstract/proposal for a conference includes:  1) big picture problem or topic widely debated in your field.  2) gap in the literature on this topic.  3) your project filling the gap.  4) the specific material that you examine in the paper.  5) your original argument.  6) a strong concluding sentence.
  7. 7. Poster Sessions, some basics  Some general rules for posters (From NCBI):  Define the purpose of the research  Sell your work in the first 10 seconds  Make the title short and comprehensible, short, sharp and compelling  Identify your audience for the conference and present content accordingly  Make the content succinct  A good poster is about the presentation of the content, present your main findings in a visually interesting way  Layout and format are critical: Guide the reader with visuals, never use less than 24 point font, do not saturate with words! Keep it concise  Add your personality and style to a poster  Work the crowd during the poster session, use handouts to direct the audience to your research on a website. Bring your business card with your contact information! - Each poster session will be different, so check out the guidelines for poster size, formatting, and material requirement. (Example: Size posters at ALA are 4x8 feet) - Check into printing shops on and off campus, to find a large format printer - See Hack Library Schools “Poster Sessions- A Beginner’s Guide”
  8. 8. Examples - No! - Too many words - Too much visual activity - No congruency - Main point is not identified in the first 10 seconds - Yes! - Less language - More visually appealing - Points are summarized quickly Image From: http://colinpurrington. com/tips/poster- design
  9. 9. Presenting your work at a conference Before and after your presentation: Some tips  Practice in front of friends and family  Practice your presentation in different size rooms, you never know what the conference room will look like until you get there  Find out what kinds of tech the conference will supply, and what you need to bring  Find out what kind of dress attire is common for that conference  Bring water, handouts, and business cards During your presentation  Find your confidence pose or power stance (watch this Ted Talk)  Use Powerpoint or Prezi slides that only have 10 words on them and use an image that compliments your point  Speak to 2 people in the audience at different sides of the room  Don’t memorize or read your speech, use prompts to tell your story
  10. 10. Get out there! Find a conference to submit to today! Or look for a journal that you want to submit for and start preparing your work!
  11. 11. Some more resources For writing style: Purdue Owl For all things academic culture: The Professor is In For LIS networking: The JESSE List serve For Library Students reflections: Check out Hack Library School For public speaking, check out Life Hacker

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