Bringing Back Poster Presentations at the 2012 Meeting & Conference

The 2012 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference (Meeting & Conference) featured an opportunity to present and view posters, highlighting topics in creative visual displays. Representatives from 10 depository libraries and one Federal agency provided poster sessions covering a variety of topics, including collection management, promotion, collaboration, and depository best practices. Posters were displayed for all attendees to browse and read at their leisure throughout the Meeting & Conference. Information about the presentation was highlighted with a separate handout in attendee packets. An hour-long Poster Session on the third day of the event offered the opportunity for attendees to meet and talk one-on-one and in small groups with the poster presenters.

The poster presenters did a wonderful job creating visual displays and sharing their topics. Some comments from conference evaluations about the Poster Presentation are:

Please continue the poster sessions!

The poster session was an excellent addition.

Expand poster sessions.

Terrific idea, first time I’ve seen these at this conference. Loved that they were available to look at all week as time permitted. Fantastic ideas from these to take back to my library!

Excellent Idea – maybe even put in lobby area where we have coffee in the morning.

I would like to present a poster session in the future.

The posters that are available digitally are included in the Meeting & Conference proceedings.

Congratulations to this year’s presenters on a successful Poster Presentation.

Bilingual Mental Health Resources

Jane Canfield, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico

This poster session highlighted Spanish tangible and online mental health government resources intended for the general public. Teachers and students could benefit from these resources as well. The poster was in English and Spanish.

Digitizing Skinnies

Chelsea Dinsmore and Jan Swanbeck, University of Florida, and Jennifer Wondracek, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Florida is building a state-wide storage facility for library resources, including materials received through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Skinny pamphlets and pamphlet-like documents do not conform to the retrieval parameters of the storage software. Dubbed the “Skinnies Project,” the University of Florida is digitizing the skinnies to make them readily accessible, eliminating the need to retrieve the permanently-stored copies.

DoD Resources Benefit U.S. Citizens

Wendy Hill and Candy Parker, Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)

This poster offered resources to expand your online military-related reference collection:

  • DTIC’s federated MultiSearch for U.S. Government and international sources
  • the Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site
  • Defense-related budget information
  • DoD Directives and Instructions and
  • official Government information about POW/MIA

Educating a Regional Audience – Six States and Beyond

Janet Fisher, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Chris Brown, University of Denver; and Jennie Gerke and Margaret M. Jobe, University of Colorado, Boulder

The August 2012 Six-State Government Information Conference is an outstanding example of collaborative, online instructional outreach. The poster provided an overview of the planning, content, and results of the virtual conference.

Getting the Word Out: Re-branding Government Documents in an Academic Library Environment

Latanya N. Jenkins and Ruth Boeder, Morgan State University; and Faith Steele, Bowie State University

This poster presents the results of a study of the use and promotion of Government documents in academic libraries. Respondents were asked to report specific methods used to promote Government documents to patrons. They also were asked if these methods are part of specific, intentional plans for promoting Government documents.

Incorporating U.S. Government Information into an Introductory Course on Digital Research

Catherine Morse, University of Michigan (UMich)

Librarians at the UMich teach a one credit course, Research Methods in the Digital Library. The poster conveys information about the course and how Government Information is integrated into the curriculum that introduces first and second year students to information discovery and evaluation skills with the goal of facilitating lifelong learning.

Law Library Collaborations for Digitization: Motivating Libraries

Victoria K. Trotta, Arizona State University; Rosemary LaSala, St. John’s University School of Law; and Janet Fisher, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

This poster concentrated on useful resources for identifying potential digitization collaboration partners and learning new skill sets. Two collaborative digitization projects were highlighted:

  • Arizona Memory Project: Federal Documents Related to Arizona and
  • American Indian Documents Contained in the 19th Century Serial Set

LibGuides: Dress Up Your Link Lists with Images and HTML

Kathleen L. Amen, St. Mary’s University

This poster communicated how to take advantage of LibGuides’ link checking tool without giving up customization and visual interest elements. Tricks were shared on inserting images, enhancing text, organizing features, and more.

Promoting Government Documents through Physical and Digital Displays

Jaime Huaman and Cheryl Chernis, University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)

UNCW’s William Madison Randall Library embarked on a campaign to promote tangible and born digital Government documents through physical and virtual displays. The poster presentation focused on ways to evaluate usage of displays and how to make Government documents more interesting to students, faculty, and the public.

Promoting Government Information: Marshall University Initiatives

Majed Khader, Marshall University (MU)

Techniques used by MU Libraries/Government Documents Department to market the depository collection and promote access were presented on this poster. The array of examples included thematic displays, guides, and brochures.

Uncle Sam Educates the Public

Lori Gwinett, Georgia Southern University (GSU)

The poster conveyed the “We Want You to Be Informed” program employed at GSU to educate the public of their right to free access to Government information and of the wide range of FDLP materials and expertise available to them in the university library. With Uncle Sam sharing Government information on key consumer topics at the local farmers market, it is easy to capture the attention of shoppers!

Given the positive response from attendees, the U.S. Government Printing Office is planning to hold Poster Presentations at future conferences.