Poster sessions are a great opportunity to get your feet into the water and show off research you’ve done, a project you have implemented, or a new service you are providing.
More low-key than a full blown conference presentation, poster sessions are akin to an elevator speech – “Hey, look at these cool things I’m doing!” – as a librarian, that’s what I love about them: I get practical ideas and advice in a short amount of time that I can adapt or re-tool for my library.
At the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference, I presented my first poster session: Assessment into Action: Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners. It was a great experience. I enjoyed taking a topic that I was interested in and using my design/creative skills to come up with a poster to share the information.
This semester, I’m teaching an undergrad information science class at my university. One of the projects that students are currently working on is a poster presentation.
Whether the students go on to grad school or out into the work field right away, a poster session is something that they are likely to encounter. To get them thinking about poster presentations, I shared some helpful links with them covering content, design, and software to use. These links can be tremendously useful if you’re new to poster presentations, so I thought I’d share…
- Sample Poster Sessions – American Library Association
- Tips for Poster Sessions – American Library Association
- Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation – PLOS Computational Biology
- Creating Effective Poster Presentations – North Carolina State University
- Poster Session Tips – Penn State University
- Poster Session Preparation – LibGuide from Arizona State University Libraries
- Presentations & Poster Sessions – LibGuide from Brandeis University Library & Technology Services
- Scientifically Speaking – The Oceanography Society
- How to Make a Great Poster – American Society of Plant Biologists
- Designing Effective Poster Presentations – Johns Hopkins University
- Poster Sessions – Colorado State University
- Design of Scientific Posters – Penn State University
- Pimp My Poster – Flickr group
- Presentations 101 (or, How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint) – LibGuide from Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (not specifically poster presentations, but great design advice)
If you have any links to share, let me know!