Business and Finance

Due Fri: Poster proposals for "Innovation in Business Information"

  • 1.  Due Fri: Poster proposals for "Innovation in Business Information"

    Posted 04-08-2019 14:04
    Call for Posters: Innovation in Business Information, Research & Librarianship

    Location:        2019 SLA Annual Conference-Cleveland, Ohio

    Date:               Sunday, June 16, 2019

    Time:              7:15 to 8:45 pm, during the Business & Finance Division Awards Ceremony and Poster Session

    In this call for posters, the Business & Finance Division of SLA is providing an opportunity for librarians to share ideas and develop research collaborations.  You need not be a Business & Finance member to submit a proposal!

    The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday April 12, 2019 Please submit your name, institution, email address, poster title, and description (250 words or less) by email to Mike Bernier at

    B&F Poster Session:

    1. We will also consider inspirational, theoretical posters if the proposal includes enough detail to justify a poster presentation. For instance, if you have an idea that fits the innovative theme that you have not been able to implement yet, we will still consider the idea for a poster presentation.
    2. There will be an award for best poster this year, judged by a panel of B&F members. Posters will be judged based on the following criteria: contribution to the field, innovative ideas, and effective presentation and delivery.

    Guidelines for materials and layout of poster presentations

    This session is sponsored by the Business & Finance Division. Any SLA Member is welcome to submit an abstract for consideration. In the event that a greater number of submissions are received than can be accommodated, members of the Business & Finance Division will be given preference. If you are interested in becoming a member of the SLA Business & Finance Division, join at


    All applicants will be notified no later than April 26, 2019 as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted. After we have received 20 acceptable quality submissions, we will not be able to accept anymore. If you have questions about this session, contact:


    Mike Bernier

    Bloomberg BNA



    Guidelines for Posters


    Each poster session author will be provided with one side of a free-standing 4-foot by 8-foot board. Plan to mount your materials at least 30 minutes prior to the opening of the session and remove them within one-half hour after the session closes. All illustrations, charts, etc., to be posted should be prepared in advance as materials for these purposes will not be available at the conference facilities. You will need to bring your own supply of push pins. It is also recommended that you bring extra copies of your illustrations or a sign-up sheet for people to request copies of your information.



    Each poster must have a heading in very large type, 84 pt or greater. Your name and affiliation should also be noted in large type, around 72 pt. Headings and sub-headings should be at least 36 pt. You need not use all capitals for titles and headings, for this can sometimes make them difficult to read. Other lettering, including text and lettering on illustrations or charts, should be between 18 and 24 pt, and should have double or 1.5 spacing between lines. Use a simple font such as Times, Arial or Helvetica throughout your presentation. To make something stand out, use a larger font size, bold or underline. You can also frame a section of text by putting a box around it. All material should be readable from a distance of three feet or more.



    Material should be displayed in logical sequence and each sheet should be numbered. Use graphs, charts, tables, figures, pictures or lists rather than text to get your points across. Make sure your presentation flows in a logical sequence, and include an introduction, body and conclusion. Arrange your presentation ahead of time to make sure it fits within the space provided.


    Visual Impact

    The effectiveness of a poster presentation can be enhanced by using techniques such as mounting the sheets on colored (though not fluorescent) paper to improve the graphic impact. Please note that simplicity, ease of reading, etc., are more important than artistic flair. Illustrations should not be mounted on heavy stock as this could make them difficult to mount on poster boards. Consider the visual impact your presentation needs to make in order to attract readers in a room full of posters.

    Daniel Hickey, MLIS
    Librarian for Business & Economics at NYU Stern School of Business
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