The #alavirtual20 Poster Gallery provides an opportunity for the face-to-face poster sessions (that usually take place at ALA Annual) to move online. There are 66 posters on display from 141 contributors representing institutions worldwide. The gallery is “open”for the duration of the conference as opposed to a specific time slot. The posters are categorized by topic and can be browsed by collection, title, or presenter. The collections include: Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section Poster Session; Connections Poster Session; Global Solutions Poster Session; Infrastructure Poster Session; Outreach Poster Session; The Collectors Poster Session; and The Educators Poster Session. The topics are robust and include reflections and summaries of programs; social concerns within libraries; critical librarianship practice; library staffing issues; community engagement; student support; use of technology; and much more.
The breadth of topics; representation of different types of libraries and library staff; and presentation styles makes for an engaging learning experience. There are options to “favorite”, Tweet, email, and download PDF copies of individual posters. The “Poster Wall”, (screen grab pictured above) allows you to scroll through all of the posters at once. (All of the posters are not shown in the screenshot.) In this view, the different methodologies and presentation styles within the Poster Gallery are even more pronounced. The virtual Poster Gallery provides an opportunity to learn more about other library specialities and to better appreciate the interconnectedness of libraries of all types.