Call for Proposals: CAPAL Student Poster Talks

Submission deadline: January 31, 2018

CAPAL 2018: Community, Diversity and Education: Academic Librarianship in Challenging Times

University of Regina, Saskatchewan May 29 – 30, 2018


The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) is pleased to accept proposals for the CAPAL18 Student Poster Talks. This initiative is to provide students with an opportunity to present their scholarly work, and to foster and establish relationships between emerging professionals and academic librarians within the profession.


The CAPAL18 Student Poster Talks will be held during the CAPAL’s annual conference, May 29

  • 30, 2018, and will be incorporated into regular conference sessions (i.e. there will not be a separate student-only poster session).


Proposals for the CAPAL18 Student Poster Talks will be adjudicated and selected by the CAPAL’s Research & Scholarship Committee.


Submission Eligibility

To be eligible to submit a poster proposal, you must, at the time of the call for applications:

  • be enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate degree program in library and information science or equivalent


  • have completed coursework for such a program within the last four months


Presentation Eligibility

If your proposal is accepted, you must:

  • register for Congress and the CAPAL conference at your own expense (unless you are the CAPAL Conference Student Bursary recipient). Student rates apply;


  • present your poster in a 5-8 minute talk during a scheduled conference session, using a powerpoint slide of the poster;
  • provide a paper version of the poster for display during the full conference.


Poster Topic

A poster’s topic will relate to:



Posters will cast a critical focus on academic librarianship: i.e focus on why academic librarians do what they do, rather than what they do or how they do it. Poster presentations will be grounded in theory and solid research. They might offer hypotheses, in depth analyses and/or discussions of a topic. They will avoid offering ‘tips and tricks,’ ‘best practices,’ lists of definitions, etc.


Lightning talks will share the poster’s key information in a concise, clear and vivid way.

Poster Selection Criteria

Adjudication and selection of poster proposals will be based on the following:

  • connection to CAPAL Statement of Principles OR conference theme
  • scholarly rigor
  • critical approach
  • originality
  • feasibility as a poster presentation


Submission Requirements and Instructions

To make a poster proposal, you must submit:

  • your name and contact information (mailing address, email address and phone number)
  • name of accredited LIS school with which you are affiliated
  • date of graduation
  • title of poster presentation
  • 500 word abstract describing:
  • poster topic
  • how the topic relates to the CAPAL Statement of Principles OR conference theme


Compile all this information into a single pdf, and submit it as an attachment to the Chair of the CAPAL’s Research and Scholarship Committee, Melanie Boyd, at maboyd[at] with the subject line: Submission for Poster Session: [YourLastName], [YourFirstName]


Please direct all questions about the poster proposal application to CAPAL’s Student Liaison, Sarah Shaughnessy, at capalstudents[at]


N.B. If your proposal is accepted and you feel you would benefit from working with an established academic librarian in preparing your poster, we will do our best to find you a mentor for this task.



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