The six presentations before lunch set the tone (frenetic, intense, hilarious) and the six at the end of the day left us all buzzing. An impressive number of the presenters managed to spit everything out in time, but it was hard – really hard! And with Nick ready to leap into action with his dreaded horn the pressure was definitely on!
So for those who might just have missed a detail or two, here’s the list of topics. If you’d like to know more about any of them then do get in touch (click on a name to send an email).
- Stewart Rose – To rove or not to rove
- Charlotte Heppell – History reading lists and the NSS
- Janet Milner – The Fowler Collection
- Al Holloway – NILE versus Moodle
- Rob Howe – TIGER
- Nick Dimmock – NECTAR and the REF
- Charlotte Heppell – Aspire for better reading lists
- Rob Farmer – Wikis in learning and teaching
- Miggie Pickton – Preserving repository content: the KeepIt project
- Cleo Cameron – Inter library loans
- Kate Littlemore – Moving from Metalib to Primo
- Nick Dimmock – NECTAR: a snapshot in time
Lastly, a technical note: One or two folk asked how we created the timer on each of the slides. It uses the ‘Custom animation’ feature of MS Powerpoint. A rectangle is created for each second of the countdown and displayed for one second. The animation starts with a click and finishes by displaying an ‘End’ rectangle.
Originally we incorporated drum rolls to mark the end of each presentation, but then we decided that it would be much more fun to have live sound effects and the horn was found. (Actually, there was a middle stage in our plan – we wanted to use the Learning Technology team’s vuvuzela but none of the organising team could reliably get a noise out of it – clearly not a problem shared by South African football fans!).
A powerpoint version of the presentation is available here: LLS Conference 2012 Minute Madness template.
(Horn image from Wikimedia Commons)