I presented a “lightning talk” at the New England Technical Services Librarians 2015 Annual Conference at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA on Friday, April 10. It was my first lightning talk and I had a blast! Five of us had 7 minutes each to present on a topic related to technical services.
I talked about processing unusual items. I presented a poster on unusual items last October at the Small Libraries Forum. My goal there was to show that unusual items are affordable, impactful, and fit the typical library mission. My goal with my lightning talk at NETSL was to show that processing unusual items is easy. Other speakers covered weeding with data, weeding with community involvement at an academic institution, taking advantage of unused MARC fields in KOHA, and cyber security in public libraries.
You can see the slides from my talk here: alexlent.org/portfolio/02528LENT.pdf.
At the end, all five of us shared a question and answer session. I was pleased with the questions I received – people seemed excited by my talk and were eager to learn more. The audience was lively and our moderator, Tom McMurdo, was excellent.
On a more personal level, my dad work at Holy Cross. We went to lunch and he came to my talk, which was a lot of fun. Thanks, Dad!
PS: I also saw this license plate. Amazing.