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. Pictures, graphs, data and text can be used to illustrate the presentation. 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.
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.)
- Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (This session will take place at the State Capitol and is exclusive to PA Forward & STAR libraries.)
Poster presentations on Monday & Tuesday are scheduled to take place near the exhibit hall. Those taking place on Wednesday will be at the State Capitol.
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.
Please note that poster presenters ARE required to register for the conference to enable them to take advantage of all of the excellent programming and events taking place during the conference, and to support the state organization for the library profession.
We look forward to your participation!