Poster Session Proposals

***The deadline for proposal submissions was February 1, 2021; proposals are no longer being accepted.***
***Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal!***      

The LOEX 2021 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 49th Annual LOEX Conference. The conference will be held, in an online-format, on May 11-14, 2021. 

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. Successful poster proposals reflect elements of one (or more) of the conference tracks.

Proposal Tracks

  • Pedagogy: Transforming the Classroom   

Share the strategies you have adopted to help students advance their information behaviors: What practices have helped to develop the skills and dispositions students need? How are you incorporating students’ lived experiences? What culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogies do you undertake to support students from underrepresented and historically marginalized backgrounds in bringing their unique contributions forward? How have you adapted your pedagogical toolkit to an online environment?

  • Assessment: Measuring Progress

How are you accommodating different modes of learning and using data to demonstrate library value and impact across your institution? How are you assessing your efforts at information literacy instruction in order to rework and improve your instruction toward greater inclusion, accessibility, and student learning? What about the online environment has altered your approach to assessing student learning? Share your strategies for improving your instruction over time. 

  • Leadership: Elevating the Field

How are you working with your colleagues, administration, or student workers in your library’s diverse and vibrant environment to help them lead into the future? What systems are you creating or dismantling to draw attention to the work of practitioners whose voices haven’t been heard? What new perspective do you bring? Share a project in which you enhanced your own instruction savvy and nurtured others in their professional growth.

  • The Value in Failure: From Missteps to Forward Movement

Failure is often the product of variables outside of our control, but failure can help us learn to be agile and adapt for the future. How has a shortcoming in your instruction, planned project, or in a partnership fueled later success in your goals for student learning? How have you come back from misreading your audience or their experiences? Share with us your solutions to perennial problems such as sustainability, the one-shot, intrusive faculty, or those unexpected situations that demanded your creativity!

  • The Anti-Racist Instructor: Cultivating Inclusion and Belonging 

Racist ideas are frequently present in our media, culture, social systems and institutions. How are you fighting against racism in your practice as a librarian and educator? What are you doing in the profession or in your library to dismantle white supremacy, assumptions of a white-dominant culture, and unequal institutions? How are you centering marginalized voices in your library in a way that reaches outside the classroom and into the community? What are you doing to support BIPoC students, colleagues, and community members to (co)create anti-racist pedagogies and learning space.

  • Theory in Practice: Reversing the Paradigm

Many of us approach educational theory only in order to justify or contextualize a completed project. How have you used educational and critical theory to form the backbone of your instructional design? How have you taken an idea or framework and developed that into a working instructional practice? What theories and thinkers inspired the groundwork for a particular lesson plan or your instructional philosophy?

  • Collaboration: Building Unity in Diversity 

In collaboration, success is not determined only by the partners involved but also how relationships were developed and under what circumstances. Tell us how you worked to bring a variety of voices and partners together to create a successful partnership between units outside of the library. Who are your collaborators? How has collaboration led to underrepresented viewpoints taking a more central role in information literacy instruction at your institution? How have you developed successful initiatives for communities beyond your campus and measured those successes?


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

Academic conference posters are a single canvas that have a mix of text with pictures, narratives, data tables, and graphics on a particular topic. A typical printed out poster is 36" x 48", but it can be a bit smaller or larger depending upon the amount of information. Since LOEX 2021 is online, poster presenters will be expected to create a single page file/link (e.g., a pdf; Canva) that will be posted to the LOEX conference website for attendees to view and comment on asynchronously.

Supporting materials (e.g., handouts) can also be created, but those should not be required for the attendee to understand the poster.

Presenters will be expected to interact at least a couple times a day, asynchronously, with attendees who post comments & questions on their poster; the dates for these interactions are likely to by May 12 and 13. Additionally, presenters will also have the option to "present" their poster by recording a video that gives a brief overview of the project by going through the highlights of the poster for attendees; this video will be no longer than 5 minutes. This is not required and has no effect on whether a poster proposal will be accepted.

Submission Information

  ***The deadline for proposal submissions was February 1, 2021; proposals are no longer being accepted.***  

Proposals can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Monday, February 1, 2021. 

If your proposal is accepted, then you will be automatically registered for the conference, and required to pay the poster session registration amount by the due date in April.

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: George Martinez at  

Proposal Timeline

  • February 1, 2021: Deadline to submit poster session proposal
  • February 17, 2021: Notification of acceptance of poster sessions
  • May 11-14, 2021: 49th Annual LOEX Conference, online

Proposal Selection Criteria

The following will be considered:

  • Relevance of the topic to instruction and information literacy across as diverse a set of populations and institutional types as possible
  • Originality of the topic
  • Clarity of evidence of presenter's knowledge and experience with topic

Presenter Benefits

The solid reputation of the LOEX Conference ensures that presenters benefit as much as their audience. Presenters can expect to:

  • Qualify for the poster session registration fee ($50)
  • 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 a registration spot for the LOEX conference