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GCLS 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 6th 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.

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.



I understand and agree that being a Panel Moderator may limit my ability to be a panelist on another panel (dependent on the number of panel applicants).

You will be notified in March whether you were chosen to be a Moderator. You will need to sign up for a training class at that time.
Please direct any questions to Ann Roberts at

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