18th Distance Library Services Conference: Panel Session Requirements & Guidelines

URL: https://libguides.cmich.edu/dls2018

Important Dates

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April 11-13, 2018

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For conference-related questions, please contact:

Thad Dickinson
Conference Coordinator


Phone: (770) 933-7669

Panel Session

Panel sessions are an opportunity for three or four presenters from different institutions to interactively address an issue of importance to distance librarianship and should focus on helping attendees understand multiple perspectives on a topic. Active participation is an important element of these sessions, so panelists are encouraged to engage in debate, pose questions to the audience or each other, and help the audience engage actively.


  • Panel sessions should not exceed 55 minutes.
  • The use of Skype, WebEx, and other web conferencing tools is discouraged. Each session room will have Internet access; however, a connection robust enough for effective web conferencing cannot be guaranteed.


The following video from the Panel Sessions Committee of the Association of College & Research Libraries Conference provides tips and guidelines for running an effective panel: