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It’s Not Speed Dating, but Poster Sessions Do Have Many Benefits

October 13, 2011

By Michele Farrell
Senior Library Program Officer, IMLS

I love poster sessions.  I can see what new ideas are being tried and have a quick word with the researcher.  Time is so tight at conferences and waiting to speak to a presenter after a two hour panel session isn’t always feasible. For presenters creating a poster helps them meet the grant requirement to get the word out about their research and get quick peer feedback from others interested in their topic.

At the past International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) conference I saw a few posters of IMLS funded projects.

Nicole Cooke’s poster, “The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program:  Investigating the Present to Prepare for the Future,” covered what it’s like as 12 Ph.D. students prepare for their future as library professionals.   Nicole is a doctoral candidate in the Library and Information Science Department at Rutgers University.

Dr. Maureen White, Associate Professor of Literacy, Language and Library Science, at the University of Houston Clear Lake, was there too and her poster, “The Leadership Train! How to Get Your Principal on Board”.  Collaborative School Librarian Training Grant,” illustrated how you can work collaboratively with your principal and also help underprivileged students get the research skills they need to succeed in life.

Dr. Maureen White

In my previous position, as a college library director, I had the opportunity to work with the principal and the English teachers of the high school located on our college campus.  Just because they were physically close didn’t mean we would automatically collaborate.  That’s why I was interested in Maureen’s research.

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program