School of Information Resources and Library Science 2011 Annual Student Symposium:


Location & Time:
  • Presentations will be in the Modern Languages building room 311
  • Check-in will be at 8:30 am, light refreshments will be available
  • Welcome message will begin at 9 am, and the printed program will have a complete schedule
  • Reception will follow at 4pm, at Sam Hughes on the corner of Campbell & 6th Street

Professional Speakers:
  • Nancy Ledeboer, AzLA President, Director Pima County Public Library, Keynote Address
  • Nancy Deegan

Faculty Presentations:
  • Tom Wilding
Student Body Presentations:
  • Chanel Wheeler, "Link+: The Interlibrary Loan System That Doesn’t Suck"
  • Kathy Spicer, "Change Leadership in Digital Libraries"
  • Jamie Ann Lee, "From Moments and Memories to Movements: the transformative power of oral history"
Poster Sessions:
  • Amy Baker, “Integrating E-Reader Devices in Public Libraries”
  • John Spaeth, “Typography and Reading Comprehension”
  • Ann Clark, “Digital Curation and Digital Collection Development Among Local Cultural Heritage Institutions”
  • Diane Daly, “Informing an Inclusive Virtual Research Environment for Breast Cancer”
  • Stephan Przybylowicz, “Radical Librarianship: How Librarians Can (and SHOULD) be Activists for Social Justice”
  • WE Search, “Wellness Education: Bridging the Consumer Health Information Gap”

University of Arizona
Library Student Organization
Call for Abstracts: SIRLS Symposium 2011

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: Deadline has been extended! Please email for more information.

THEME: The Broad World of Information: Issues, Applications, and Innovative Approaches

The Library Student Organization of the University of Arizona’s School of
Information Resources and Library Science invites you to submit a
presentation abstract for their 6th Annual Graduate Symposium, scheduled for
Saturday, March 26th, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The event will be held in the
University of Arizona Modern Languages building from 9am-3pm (with reception
following). The symposium aims to bring together graduate students to discuss
and explore a variety of subjects relevant to information resources and libraries.

All Masters and Doctoral students as well as alumni are welcome to submit a
presentation proposal to the symposium committee. Each presenter may chose
the style in which he/she would like to present, such as using PowerPoint slides,
presenting orally from an essay, etc. However the committee strongly encourages
presenters to follow a structured format. Presenters will be given either 30 or 50
minutes to speak during their session, followed by a 10-minute question and answer

The symposium committee will review all submissions representing current
issues and new directions that relate to the broad world of information. We are
looking for a wide array of topics, so don’t be afraid to show your creativity!

Please carefully review the instructions below, as incomplete submissions will not
be considered. Abstract submittals are due by Friday, February 25, 2011 and should

Submitter’s name, email and phone number
Equipment needed for presentation (e.g. laptop, projectors, audio,
easel, etc.)
Abstract not to exceed 250 words.


The SIRLS Symposium is an annual Library Student Organization event that brings together faculty, students, alumni, and community professionals to discuss topics and directions for tomorrow’s information industry. The event will include guest speakers, presentations, and a poster session. All students and alumni are invited to participate in the presentations and poster sessions. The Symposium will take place on March 26, 2011 from 9am – 3pm in the Modern Languages Building.

What is a Poster Session Presentation?

Poster sessions are an opportunity for presentation experience and can be a valuable addition to your resume. At a designated time students set up poster displays and provide handouts of materials about their topic. You should expect attendees to view your poster and ask questions about your topic. A poster session presentation might consist of findings from a research project, research currently in progress, a literature review, or might include a project or research you have completed outside of regular coursework. The poster topic should be one of special interest to you in relation to the symposium theme and should be demonstrated dynamically utilizing the poster as a medium. The goals in designing a poster include, but are not limited to: providing a clear overview of your work, providing enough material to explain the research with a brief oral explanation, providing enough material to initiate discussion and questions. You should be prepared to discuss the topic of your poster presentation with the attendees. Poster sessions are designed to promote collegial sharing, offer the experience of conference presenting, and to provide an opportunity for professional development and growth.

Deadline for Poster Presentation Proposals: Extended! Email for more information.

Please submit poster proposals or poster session questions to Berlin Loa at

Please submit proposals in the body of the email, not as an attachment

Please use SYMPOSIUM 2011 in the email subject field Include your name, telephone number, your college or department, your graduate program or program focus and a short abstract of your proposed poster presentation (200 words maximum)

Suggestions for the abstract: objective(s), purpose, results of research (if available), methods, significance to the field or significance to the theme of the symposium

Poster Size: The recommended maximum size 36”x 48” (smaller sizes are acceptable) Express Document Center in the UA Main Library can help with and print your poster. See their site @ Other off-campus printers are also available.

Poster Presentation: Posters will be displayed in the hallway of the Modern Languages Building Tables will be provided for presenters to hold any handouts, brochures, etc.

For suggestions and helpful tips on poster presentations please visit the following:

  • The ALA Poster Session “General Tips for Submitting Proposals” – specific to ALA, but helpful with general tips on effective poster presentations
  • A site created collaboratively by the faculty of three universities to assist students in creating effective poster presentations
  • SIRLS LSO: Presentation on Poster Sessions and Presentations YouTube video of the UA LSO-SIRLS presentation on poster sessions

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