Call for Posters


Application closed: 1 February 2017

Thank you for your participation!

Proposers should expect an update on the status of their proposals by mid-March.


Format Presentation

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.

For printed posters, the standard poster size of DIN A0 841mm wide x 1189mm high is the minimum size. It is recommended that a printed poster be no larger than 900mm wide and 1900mm high.

If you are using photographs, graphics and pieces of text, these should also fit within the area of 900mm wide and 1900mm high.

Presenters of a poster will be expected to be present on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 August 2017 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 or confirm there will be enough staff members available for the presentation.

All Poster Proposals are subject to approval by IFLA’s Professional Committee. Please complete the application form to submit a proposal.

It is important that applicants describe in their abstract how they intend to present the project in the poster format – what kind of visual materials they will use, for example, photographs, data samples, graphs, et cetera, and how these illustrate the project or a particular aspect of the work. The poster has to be an experience in itself for the one who looks at it – and should show awareness of the format of a poster-session and its purpose to engage the viewer in conversation.

Special consideration will be given to ensure that a variety of topics and geographical/cultural range will be represented.

The deadline is 01 February 2017. After the deadline applications will no longer be accepted.

A jury representing the IFLA Professional Committee will review all submissions and decide which Posters will be accepted.

Best IFLA Poster 2017

At the congress in 2017 the jury will select the winner of the Best IFLA Poster 2017 based on the criteria below:

Does the topic of 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.


01 February 2017 – [Application closed]
Deadline for applications. The online form will not be available after this date.

March 2017
IFLA Headquarters will inform applicants of the final decision of the Professional Committee.

20 August 2017
Posters to be placed on presentation panels at the Congress.

21-22 August 2017
Poster sessions at the Congress


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