Poster sessions have become a very popular activity during the PaLA Conference because they offer conference attendees a quick and efficient way of gathering information about successful programs, resources and study results from their counterparts in the library community.
The sessions are highly interactive, informative and fun!
Poster Session FAQS
What is involved in a poster presentation?
An effective poster presentation highlights, with visual display, the main points or components of your topic. The presenter fills in the details verbally and answers questions from those viewing the poster. Handouts are optional.
How are the posters presented?
Poster sessions are displayed on poster boards, no larger than 4 ft x 6ft, and must be self-supporting. Posters may not be affixed to the wall, but can be propped against a wall. Tri-fold “science fair” boards work well, as they are self-supporting. Display tables are provided to hold the poster and accompanying handouts. The tables are counter-height and are 6’L x 30”D
Electrical outlets or data ports are not provided, but may be available if your table is located near an outlet. Please plan to present your poster accordingly. Tables are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Posters should be fully constructed before the session period and removed when the session is over. Pictures, graphs, data and text can be used to illustrate the presentation.
When do the poster sessions take place?
Up to twelve posters will be presented during each of the poster session periods that take place during the PaLA Annual Conference. Poster presentations will take place during the following times:
Where will the poster sessions take place?
- Monday, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. (No Youth Services topics, as this session takes place during the Carolyn W. Field Award Luncheon.)
- Monday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (All topics)
- Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (All topics)
- Tuesday, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. (No academic topics, as this session takes place opposite the College & Research Division Luncheon.)
The posters are scheduled to take place in the Ballroom Foyer of the DoubleTree by Hilton located in Pittsburgh-Green Tree. To access this area from the parking lot, enter at the Ballroom entrance at the end of the building. To access from inside the hotel, follow signs to the exhibit hall.
How do I get involved?
To be considered for a poster presentation, complete the Poster Session Proposal Form on or before the submission deadline. The committee will review your proposal and will inform you of the status of acceptance within a few weeks.
While poster presenters are not required to register for the conference, we encourage you to do so in order to support PaLA and to take advantage of all of the excellent programming and events taking place during the conference. However, if you are unable to register, an exhibit pass (because the posters take place in the exhibit area) is required. Passes are available for purchase ($35) at the PaLA Registration Desk at the conference, or by contacting PaLA member institutions and exhibitors, who often have complimentary passes to distribute upon request.
We look forward to your participation!