One minute madness

The one minute madness session at the LIS Research Coalition conference in June 2010 addressed the question: “Evidence, value and impact: what’s on your mind?” Prior to the conference this page was set up to encourage delegates to volunteer for the session. After the conference we edited the page, keeping some of the initial material online should any other conference organisers like to follow the format. If you’d like to go straight to the video, please see One minute madness at LISRC10.

We held another one minute madness session at the DREaM project launch conference in July 2011. For further details of this session and to watch the video, please see the one minute madness page for the DREaM project launch conference.

Our third experience of the format was at the DREaM project concluding conference on 9th July 2012. There are twenty great performances on the One Minute Madness page for this final DREaM project event.


What is one minute madness?

One minute madness sessions give conference participants the chance to present their ideas to their peers in an informal and fun way. This type of session often allows presenters to put across a core idea much more successfully than is the case when presenting a full conference paper.

The suggestion of running such a session was made by conference programme committee member Miggie Pickton, who had seen it work well at a JISC conference. As you’ll see from the video below, our brave presenters did a fantastic job in this much anticipated session. The session was a great success and generated lots of conversation over the lunch break which followed it. Our closing keynote speaker Charles Oppenheim even suggested later in the day that he’d like to recommend that all PhD vivas follow such a format!

To motivate delegates to join this session we said: “This is your chance to share your research evidence with fellow delegates, demonstrate the impact you’ve made, discuss the value of a current or proposed research project, or simply have your say about the LIS research landscape. One minute is all it takes, and your project could be the talk of the conference!

“So if you have recently undertaken a research project, collected evidence, demonstrated value, or made an impact, then this is where you can shout about it. Alternatively, if you have an opinion on the current LIS research landscape, then the audience will be happy to hear this too. With only one minute on the clock, it’s a hard-hitting, rapid-fire, 60-second opportunity way to make your ideas – and yourself – known, as well as recruit others to your cause. But be warned – all eyes will be on the clock, and that 60 seconds won’t last long!”

How it worked

When delegates filled in their conference registration forms they were asked whether they would like to participate in the one minute madness session. We contacted everyone who had answered “Yes” or “Maybe” to this question again three weeks before the conference to ask them to confirm their participation and the title of their 60-second presentation. Those who answered “No” agreed to join in with the audience countdown on the day.

All presentations were formulated as a response to the question “Evidence, value and impact: what’s on your mind?” We suggested that this could be a 60 second verbal sketch of a research project recently completed, in progress, being planned, or for which funding, collaborators and/or participants were sought. Equally, we invited delegates to voice particular opinions and/or concerns about the LIS research landscape. They were free to decide how to address the question: they could be humourous, serious, informative and/or entertaining – or even all these at once.

In the actual session on Monday 28th June a single PowerPoint presentation was displayed with one slide for each of the one minute madness presenters. These slides (prepared in advance by the conference organisers) gave the names and affiliations of each presenter, and the titles of their presentations, their e-mail addresses and Twitter name (for those who had one). As well as the slides, a countdown clock was displayed. The presenters took it in turns to take the stage, with Miggie Pickton looking after the line-up of presenters, and Hazel Hall of the LIS Research Coalition in the chair: witness Hazel’s enthusiastic clapping in the video, as well her occasional use of the iPhone vevuzula to mark that a speaker’s 60 seconds were up.

One minute madness at LISRC10

We explained that we would film the session, and that if anyone wanted to opt out of this, they just had to let us know. An edited recording of the whole session is now available:

Those presenting in the video are:

Allan Parsons, University of Westminster: Rhizomaticity and arboresence in information organisation

Annabel Coles, Oxford University Press: Awash in a sea of information? Oxford introduces GPS for researchers

Brian Kelly, UKOLN: Twitter: an essential tool for the information professional!

Carolynn Rankin, Leeds Metropolitan University: Everything starts with reading: using the Generic Social Outcomes Framework to map the social impact of the NYR

Charlie Inskip, City University: Upbeat and quirky… with a bit of a build

Charlie Mayor, City University: How do we index the book of life?

Claire Valentine, TFPL: Effective use of wikis and blogs within a company for collaboration and knowledge sharing

David Haynes, City University: Risk, regulation and access to personal data

David Streatfield, Information Management Associates: The politics of information research and consultancy

Hannah Spring, York St John University: Barriers to, and priorities for, research development in health librarianship

Hui-Yun Sung, Loughborough University: Community engagement in public libraries

Janet Clapton, Social Care Institute for Excellence: Practitioner writing: frustrating, frazzling, fulfilling!

Jess Humphreys, University of Warwick: Video on demand: meeting users’ needs

John MacColl, OCLC Research: The work of OCLC Research

Kay Ecclestone, Cornwall College: Management information for the learning centre: what and how should it be measured, and how can this evidence base be used to improve quality and effectiveness

Liz Brewster, University of Sheffield: “Read this, it’s good for you”: how do we evaluate the impact of bibliotherapy on mental health?

Maria Grant, Salford University: LIS Research Handbook, Health Information and Libraries Journal… and so much more!

Rhona Arthur, Scottish Library and Information Council: Measuring the impact of public libraries

Sue Childs, Northumbria University: Designing research projects for impact and mutual value

Valeri Wiegel, Edinburgh Napier University: Impact: is it “what” or “why”?

Mark Hepworth, Loughborough University: Impact, change and capabilities

For the for the full presentation titles and contact details of all those who took part, please see the session slides below:

We are grateful to everyone who took part in this session. If any participant would like a copy of the recording of just their own presentation, for example for their own blog or web site, this can be arranged. Please just let Hazel Hall know: hazel.hall@lisresearch.org.

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One Response to One minute madness

  1. esinsultan says:

    I think this is the most creative thing that I heard recently. It is real participation.

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