Thursday, December 18, 2014

Call for Posters | B&F Division | SLA 2015 in Boston (Revolutionary Practices in Business Information, Research & Librarianship)

Theme:                 Revolutionary Practices in Business Information, Research & Librarianship

Location:             2015 SLA Annual Conference-Boston, MA

Date:                     Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Time:                    Presenters at posters from 10 am - 10:45 am for "speed round" presentations
                                Posters on display in the Exhibit Hall from 9 am - 2 pm

In this call for posters, the Business & Finance Division of SLA is providing an opportunity for business librarians to share ideas and develop research collaborations.

The landscape of business information and research has been a constantly evolving environment over the last decade, and libraries have faced similar changes from buildings and collections to institutions of knowledge creation and management. In response, business information professionals and librarians have revolutionized their practices and become change agents.

We are looking for case studies or practical applications on how business librarians and information professionals are revolutionizing, changing, expanding, and creating new practices in business information, research and librarianship. We are also interested in practical studies or examples of business libraries or research functions or practices that have been remodeled or refashioned in order to better create, share, or transform business information or research. Examples include but are not limited to:

*         Revolutionary methods in sharing business information with relevant constituents
*         Creating or furthering development of business intelligence in a profound, unique way
*         Transforming the mission of your institution and the functional results of the transformation, such as social engagement, asset management, and more
*         Radical approaches to solving typical information needs or obstacles
*         Reforming fiscal management in unexpected ways to deal with new budgetary objectives

New revolutionary practices for the B&F Poster Session:

  1.  We will also consider inspirational, theoretical posters this year if the proposal includes enough detail to justify a poster presentation. For instance, if you have an idea that fits the revolutionary theme that you have not been able to implement yet, we will still consider the idea for a poster presentation.
  2.  While the traditional poster session format will continue, we will update it by adding a "speed round" tour of all the posters at a designated time. Each poster presenter will have 1 minute to pitch his or her poster to the group.
  3.  There will be an award for best poster this year, judged by past Chairs of the B&F Division. Posters will be judged based on the following criteria: contribution to the field, innovative ideas, and effective presentation and delivery.
  4.  Because many of you rely on presenting to help you get funding to attend the conference, this year we will begin reviewing poster submissions in January. We will inform those who have been accepted as early as January 26, 2015 so they can take advantage of early bird pricing on registration.

Guidelines for materials and layout of poster presentations are available on the SLA Business & Finance Division website at

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 2, 2015. Please submit your name, institution, email address, poster title, and description (250 words or less) by email to Emily Doyle at

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

Help your colleagues learn from your work by sharing your experiences, both successful and unsuccessful, at the upcoming poster session at SLA Conference in Boston, June 2015.

All applicants will be notified no later than April 1, 2015 as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted.  As mentioned above, early submissions will be notified by 1/26/15 to take advantage of early bird pricing on registration.   After we have received 20 acceptable quality submissions, we will not be able to accept anymore.  If that occurs before 3/2/15 we will post a notice to this listserv and the B&F website.  If you have questions about this session, contact:

Emily Doyle
Darla Moore School of Business | University of South Carolina