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Virtual Lightning Talks

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This One of the highlights of the Code4Lib annual meeting is the “lightning talk” rounds. A lightning talk is a fast-paced 5 minute talk on a topic of the presenter’s choosing. They are usually scheduled on an idea for "Virtual Lightning Talks" ad-hoc, first- an occasional online event come-first-served basis on the day of lightning talksthe event. The basic idea:They are an opportunity to provide a platform for someone who is just getting started with public speaking, who wants to ask a question or invite people to help with a project, or for someone to boast about something he or she did or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up a full session timeslot.
* Once a month, 10 talks per day, 5-minutes per talk plus a 30-second screen/sound test* Use an “Virtual Lightning Talks” replicates this conference activity online conferencing tool (LYRASIS has in a subscription to [http://wwwvirtual meeting environment.saba.com/saba Each one-peoplehour block consists of 10 six-systems/collaboration-suite/saba-centra.aspx Saba Centra]). Java based, so it should be cross-platform minute sessions (one minute for Linux, Mac, Windows (need the presenter to take control of the virtual meeting environment and test thisaudio followed by a five minute presentation).* Would be based on Presenters show their work by sharing their entire desktop screen sharing -- share your ; the presentation can consist of slides, your web browser, your command-line shell window, whatever* Questions for the speaker go in the conferencing tool's chat window. Side comments and snark go in the IRC channel.* Speaker would or any other application that can be reminded of their time by audio tones: one each minute for shown on the first three minutes, one every 30 seconds until 30 seconds left, then one every 10 seconds, ending with an appropriate gong-like sound.* Recording talks and archiving them can be really helpful for those who aren't able to attenddesktop.
== Presenter Guidelines ==Code4Lib Virtual Lightning Talks is using the Saba Centra webinar platform (Java-based, multi-platform) through [http://www.lyrasis.org/ LYRASIS].
== Event Participant Guidelines (everyone) ==
 
* Check out the [http://mt205.centra.com/SiteRoots/main/SystemCheck/SystemCheck.jhtml minimum configuration guidelines and system test page] for the webinar software.
* Questions and comments relevant to the presentation (e.g. for the speaker) go in the conferencing tool's chat window. Side comments and snark go in the IRC channel.
* The event will be recorded for later viewing.
 
== Presenter Guidelines ==
[[Image:Saba-sign-on.png|right|alt=Snapshot of web page highlighting the "Launch on Desktop" button for presenters to use|Use the "Launch on Desktop" button.]]
The webinar platform supports desktop sharing by Mac, Linux, and Windows servers. Centra offers to options to join a conference: desktop-based and browser-based. To share your desktop, you ''must join the conference using the desktop software''.
'''Prior to the webinar''': Download and install the Centra desktop software. Versions are available for [http://mt205.centra.com/SiteRoots/main/Install/macx/setup.jhtml Mac], [http://mt205.centra.com/SiteRoots/main/Install/linux/setup.jhtml Linux], and [http://mt205.centra.com/SiteRoots/main/Install/win32/setup.jhtml Windows]. After installing the client, run the [http://mt205.centra.com/SiteRoots/main/SystemCheck/SystemCheck.jhtml Centra system test] to verify connectivity.
[[Image:Saba-sign-on.png|right|alt=Snapshot of web page highlighting the "Launch on Desktop" button for presenters to use|Use the "Launch on Desktop" button.]]
'''At the start of the webinar''': Follow the link to the event and enter your e-mail address into the form. You must select "Launch on Desktop" to open the Centra desktop client.
* The webinar software will open 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. If you want to have extra time to test the system and get ready for your presentation, sign in during this 30 minute window.
* Your screen resolution must be 1280 by 768 or less.
* If you have more than one screen/monitor, disable all screens but one. (The software will share all of your screens as one large desktop, making it hard for people to follow.)
 
== Virtual Lightning Talks #1 -- April 4, 2011 ==
April 4, 2011 at 1pm Eastern U.S. Daylight Savings Time ([http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=4&day=4&year=2011&hour=13&min=0&sec=0&p1=179 see this time in your local timezone])
 
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