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2017 Moderator Application

Application Form for Panel AND Author Spotlight Moderators

General Expectations of Moderators at the GCLS Conference

Ø  ALL Moderators ensure that their session stays on schedule and all participants have an equal voice.

Ø  All moderators are required to attend a meeting to discuss successful moderating techniques. Two options will be available from which to choose:  Wednesday, July 5th or Thursday, July 7th.  If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please contact Ann Roberts as soon as possible.  Non-attendance will mean that your responsibilities will be re-assigned.

PANEL Moderators:

Ø  Panel Moderators will solicit input from their assigned panelists on the subject matter and work as a team to develop questions/sub-topics and process for a successful Panel.

Ø  Panel Moderators will, based on input from the Panelists, develop a plan that includes expectations for shared airtime and how to handle panelists that monopolize the airtime.

Ø  Panel moderators should have effective diplomacy skills and be able to adeptly navigate the live conversation to include all participants.


Note: Author Spotlights were previously called Author Reading-Chats.

Ø  Author Spotlight Moderators are responsible to ensure that each and every author has an equal “Spotlight” – i.e. equal time reading and answering questions from the audience based on the number of authors in the session.

Ø  Author Spotlight Moderators must be comfortable enough to politely interrupt an author and inform her that her time has expired.

Ø  Author Spotlight Moderators are required to contact all of the authors in their Spotlight Session prior to the conference to review the process so they may properly prepare.


 Applications are no longer being accepted as we are working on the schedule.

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