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Poster Session Proposals

***The deadline for proposal submissions was January 29, 2018; proposals are no longer being accepted.***
***Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal!***

The LOEX 2018 Conference Planning Committee invites 1) graduate students in library and information science programs and 2) library fellows and residents to submit proposals to host a poster session at the 46th Annual LOEX Conference in Houston, Texas.

Poster sessions should visually convey research in the areas of instruction and information literacy. They typically take the form of an exhibit and should include brief narratives, data, and graphics that quickly summarize the presenter's research. Computer displays, handouts, directions to websites, and other materials can also be incorporated into the exhibit. Presenters will be expected to informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees by making brief remarks, sharing information, and answering questions about their topic. Successful poster proposals reflect elements of one (or more) of the conference tracks:

  • Pedagogy: Space Camp - Techniques for Preparing the Next Generation
    The next generation of explorers is discovering the cosmos in new and exciting ways. How do you prepare them for future expeditions? What small steps or giant leaps have you taken to develop your pedagogy? What theories or strategies do you use to make your expeditions into the classroom successful? How do you teach students from varying backgrounds? What techniques do you use to help students become successful information navigators?

  • Learning & Assessment: Is There Life Out There? - Evidence of Learning Through Assessment
    As librarians chart new courses in the classroom, discovering signs of life is crucial to be able to change course when necessary and ultimately to gauge the success of the mission. How do you measure the impact of your instruction sessions? How do you assess student learning? Do you assess for different modes of learning? How do you use assessment data to alter the course of your instruction?

  • Leadership: Ground Control to Major Tom - Directing the Mission
    Every successful mission calls for both enterprising individuals and strong collective effort with clear outcomes in mind. How has your institution, library, or instruction program led large information literacy initiatives? How do you develop an inclusive library instruction program? Share your advice on managing larger scale library instruction based projects, leading campus wide conversations on the library’s role on information literacy, or guiding paradigm shifts in a changing educational climate.

  • Technology and Innovation: Moonshot - Ambition through Technology & Innovation
    Small steps and giant leaps don’t happen without inspired ideas, careful planning, and breathtaking launches. What technologies and innovative strategies have you used to motivate your students to reach for the stars and reach new heights? How do you insure your instruction is accessible to all learners? What strategies do you implement to bridge digital divide? Help launch our profession toward new horizons by sharing your cutting-edge tools of the trade, methods of execution, or even your reinvention of old tricks.

  • Collaboration: International Space Station - Working Together for the Greater Good
    We have come a long way from the space race! Cooperation and inclusion of diverse partners and perspectives are key to developing a strong instruction and outreach program. Who are your collaborators, and how have you worked together to create bigger and better projects than you could have achieved on your own? How do you make and maintain those relationships? Share the collaborations with those both inside and outside your world that keep you orbiting.

  • Failures and Problem Solving: Houston, We Have a Problem - Radical Solutions for When Things Go Wrong
    Space travel can be risky business; even when every foreseeable calculation has been made, the unthinkable can still occur. But in facing unexpected failure, you sometimes find your most innovative successes. What have you tried that did not go as planned? What did you learn from it, or how did you turn the situation around to find success?


Proposals for poster sessions will be limited to graduate students currently enrolled in library and information science programs and to library residents or fellows who have been in the field no more than two years.

Poster Presentation Format

Exhibits should include pictures, narratives, data, and graphics on topics related to instruction and information literacy. Computer displays, handouts, and directions to websites are also encouraged. Power outlets may not be available in the poster session display area. If you use a laptop computer, you should plan to use your battery. The conference committee will provide each poster session with a 36" x 48" trifold presentation board. Photocopying and materials to make the poster will be the presenter's responsibility. Poster session presenters will be expected to informally discuss their presentations and answer questions on TBD date & time (very likely Friday, May 4).

Submission Information

Proposals can be submitted only through the ***online submission form*** and must be received by Monday, January 29, 2018.

If your proposal is accepted, then you will be automatically registered for the conference, and required to pay the poster session registration amount ($95 for students; half-off regular registration fee for residents/fellows) by April 2, 2018. Note: Failure to pay the registration fee will result in the cancellation of your poster session and conference registration. All presenters, including poster session presenters, are responsible for paying their own travel and lodging expenses.

Contact for poster presenters: Shawn Anderson at posters2018@loexconference.org


  • January 29, 2018: Deadline to submit poster session proposal
  • February 14, 2018: Notification of acceptance of poster sessions
  • May 3 - 5, 2018: 46th Annual LOEX Conference in Houston, TX
  • May 4, 2018*: Poster session presentations (*not 100%, but very likely will occur Friday in the late morning and/or early afternoon)

Poster Proposal Selection Criteria

The following will be considered:

  • Relevance and importance of the topic to instruction and information literacy across institutional types
  • Originality of the topic
  • Clarity of evidence of presenter's knowledge and experience with topic

Presenter Benefits

  • Eligible for the poster session registration fee ($95 for students / half off regular fee for fellows or residents)
  • Contribute to the field of library instruction and information literacy
  • Develop excellent experience to include on a resume
  • Obtain valuable feedback from a wide cross-section of librarians from across the country, including some who are on university/college hiring committees
  • Receive automatic registration for the LOEX conference