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Poster Sessions & Lightning Talks

Poster sessions and lightning talks provide another forum for library professionals to share their successful ideas and innovations with colleagues outside of a formal presentation. 

Poster sessions have been a very popular activity during the PaLA Conference and starting with the 2019 conference, Lightning Talks will be added to the mix.  Both 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.  Read on, for a description of each.

Please note that the allotted time frame for lightning talks will only allow for up to 18 talks to be accepted.  Many more posters (up to 48) can be scheduled.  So, if you are able to do your presentation as either a lightning talk OR a poster, please indicate "both" when indicating the type of presentation, as this will increase the chances for acceptance.

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 3 ft x 4ft, 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 24”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:

  • 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.)
Where will the poster sessions take place?

Poster presentations are scheduled to take place outside the exhibit hall. 

Lightning Talk FAQS

What is a Lightning Talk?

Lightning Talks are mini-presentations, 5 - 7 minutes in length.  Several lightning talks are delivered by different speakers in a single session.  

How is a Lightning Talk delivered?

Make your point.  Make it quickly.  The same guidelines that apply for good presentations, apply for lightning talks.  Come prepared -- make eye contact with the audience -- speak slowly and clearly.  However, the short talk framework requires you to get down to the essence of what you are trying to say to the audience.  Slides and visual aids are optional.

When will the Lightning Talks take place?

A combination of Lightning Talks will be scheduled as a break out session during each of the following session slots:

  • Sunday, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. (Up to eight talks to be scheduled)
  • Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. (Up to ten talks to be scheduled)

Where will the Lightning Talks take place?

Lightning Talks will take place in a session room in the Bayfront Convention Center.

How do I get involved?

To be considered for either a poster session or a lightning talk, complete the Proposal Form on or before May 15, 2019.   You will need the following information to complete the application:

  • Type of session (poster or lightning talk)
  • Scheduling preferences (date/time)
  • Presentation Title
  • Presentation Description
  • Identify the presenter(s)

The committee will review your proposal and will inform you of the status of acceptance by the end of May.    

Please note that poster and lightning talk presenters ARE required to register for the conference, at least for the day of their presentation.  This will 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.


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We look forward to your participation!

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