Poster Session Proposals

***The deadline for proposal submissions was February 1, 2022; proposals are no longer being accepted.***
***Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal!***     

The LOEX 2022 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 50th Annual LOEX Conference. The conference will be held May 5-7, 2022.

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: Instructional Nuts & Bolts   

It’s essential that we help students build a foundation for their own learning. Give us your blueprint to student success: How do you use  instructional design principles, learning outcomes/objectives, or authentic engagement activities to foster student learning? How do you create a classroom engaged in critical, anti-racist discourse? What practices do you use to keep your classrooms humming with learning? How do you adapt your instruction to meet the needs in online and hybrid learning environments?  

  • Assessment: Building in Quality Control

Grab your clipboard and tell us how you measure instructional output and impacts. How do you ensure total quality management of student learning? Have you found ways to mass produce meaningful and authentic assessment around your library instruction? How have you represented diverse voices and perspectives in your measurement initiatives? This part of our work has always been important, but it is mission critical and offers potential for future growth. 

  • Innovation:  R&D in Information Literacy Instruction

Necessity is the mother of invention! How have you adapted your instructional role for changing times?  How are you rethinking library spaces, tools, technology, resources, and instructional formats to reimagine what information literacy can look like? What theories or techniques have been the engines in moving your classroom forward? Tell us about your own instructional research and development, and how new discoveries are reshaping your teaching approaches.

  • Leadership: Stepping Up to the Line

Leaders are built at all points along the line -- in formal and informal ways. Half of the battle is leading from where you stand! How are you establishing your library, your instruction program, or yourself as a leader in information literacy at your institution? Share your advice on developing leadership skills, managing larger-scale instructional projects, or advancing your library’s teaching presence on campus

  • Failures and Problem-Solving: Overhauling and Reinventing   

Even the best designs have flaws, and failure is often part of the process. How have you transformed failures into successes? How have you developed problem-solving skills and strategies? What strategies have you used to break through bottlenecks in students’ learning?

  • Collaboration and Outreach: Assembling Diverse Production Teams 

Instructional allies are key to any information literacy instruction effort. How have you developed partnerships to respond to changing climates at your institution? How have you forged strategic alliances to advance an inclusive vision of your institution? What are the  strategies you’ve used to maintain existing or longstanding partnerships? How do you know when a collaboration reaches the end of the line and it’s time to part ways?


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 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 Friday, May 6th.  

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

Submission Information

Proposals can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Monday, January 31, 2022. 

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: Elizabeth Walker-Papke at  

Proposal Timeline

  • January 31, 2022: Deadline to submit poster session proposal
  • February 16, 2022: Notification of acceptance of poster sessions
  • May 5-7, 2022: 50th Annual LOEX Conference

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