ALA Annual Conference 2023

New Ideas from Poster Session at #alaac2023

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This was my fourth Annual ALA Conference, but my first time attending a Poster Session at #alaac2023. This year, I had a colleague who was presenting a poster, and I am so glad that I discovered the poster sessions.

The poster sessions are a bit like speed dating. At the poster session that I attended, there were at least twenty posters on different topics and from different types of libraries. A few of the posters I got to see were:

  1. Día de Muertos: Fostering Unity and Belonging through Remembering our Dead
  2. Dinovember in the Library
  3. Empathy-Driven Makerspace Activities: Build a Better Book at the Laredo Public Library
  4. Not Everything Needs to Be Strategic: A Library Plant Naming Project
  5. Thinking Outside the Box in the Age of Book Challenges: Re-imagining Public Library Governance
  6. From Lecture to Conversation: Convening Tween/Caregiver Conversations about Digital Wellness

As you can see, the poster session covered a broad range of topics. Presenters provided their information on large posters, and they were there to explain and answer questions. I got some great programming ideas for my library. I liked the idea that library projects or programs do not always have to be big events or tied into the mission or strategic plan but can be as simple as holding a contest to name a plant. I love the phrase “digital wellness” and want to implement that in my school library. I agree that there are different ways for libraries and librarians to “think outside the box” when facing censorship. I so appreciated learning about the 3D pen that does not get too hot so can be used with young students. (I am ordering several for my library when I get home!)

One of the things that I loved about the poster session is that I got to learn about a lot of topics in a short period of time. Because there were so many posters together, I also learned about topics that I might not have thought to explore or for which I might not have been able to attend an entire session.

For those attending #alaac2023 virtually through the Digital Experience, many of the posters from the poster sessions are available online. They are also available to in-person attendees who may want to spend more time exploring the posters.

Today’s guest contributor is Soline Holmes (she/her/hers). Soline is a librarian and the Information Services Department chair at Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a Member-at-Large (and the incoming Secretary) for ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable and a member of ALSC’s Children and Libraries Editorial Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award committees for K-2 and 3-5, is a board member of the New Orleans Information Literacy Collective (2021-22 Chair), and is a Teaching with Primary Sources Network Mentor. She has given presentations on graphic novels, Mother Goose and STEM, Primary Sources, and Global Education at local and national conferences. At ALA, she is looking forward to some of her favorite events: the GNCRT Magical Tea and the Newbery/Caldecott/Legacy Banquet. At conference, you might be able to find her munching on red Twizzlers.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

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