Call for Posters

Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to discuss with or show to other congress attendees? Why not present your work in the IFLA Poster Session?

The deadline is 1 February 2013; after the deadline applications will no longer be accepted.

A jury representing the IFLA Professional Committee will review all submissions at the congress and will select the best poster. The best poster will be announced during the Closing Session when the presenter will be invited onto the stage to receive a certificate.


The conference theme 'Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities' may be presented by a printed poster or by photographs, graphics and texts attached on the given panel. Presentations are welcome in any of the official IFLA languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.


Your topic could be described on a printed poster or by photographs, graphics and pieces of text that you attach to the presentation panel. All IFLA official languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish—are welcome.

Presenters of a poster will be expected to be present on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 August 2013 in order to explain their poster and to hand out any leaflets, or other information materials, they have available for viewers of their poster. Each presenter can therefore only present one poster. Any organization that submits more than one application should indicate a priority to their submissions.

The selection of the Best IFLA Poster is based on the following criteria:

Does the poster:

  • Look interesting and/or inspiring;
  • Look lively;
  • Lend itself to a poster session; is not too abstract;
  • Present new ideas or present an application of technology;
  • Appear to be clearly explained;
  • Not duplicate another poster, nor have the same presenter as another poster (a presenter must be present during the poster session to explain the poster to viewers);
  • Have a relationship to the theme of the WLIC; 
  • Have a clear library relevance or perspective;
  • Describe a project that is ongoing or near completion, not one that is yet to start.

It is important that applicants describe how they intend to illustrate the project in the poster format. The poster has to be an experience in itself for the one who looks at it - and should show awareness of the poster format. Special consideration will be given to ensure that a variety of topics and geographical/cultural range will be represented.


Colleagues interested in presenting a poster session are invited to complete the form below and to send it with a brief description of the session of not more than 200 words. We would appreciate receiving a summary in English with your proposal.

Deadline: 1 February 2013

  • Application Form [DOC]

PLEASE NOTE: The application period is now closed and applications are no longer being accepted.

Please send the completed Application Form by email to:

Lidia Putziger, Administrative Officer


1 February 2013
Deadline for receipt at IFLA Headquarters of the application form and a detailed description of the poster session.

March 2013
IFLA Headquarters will inform applicants of the final decision of the Professional Committee.

19-20 August 2013
Poster sessions at the Congress.

Last update: 24 July 2013