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The New York Library Association is now accepting submissions for the 2009 NYLA Poster Sessions & NYLA Diversity Fair to take place at this year’s Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, NY. Complete details are located on the web.

WHAT IS A POSTER SESSION? A poster session is an opportunity for several presenters to share information about a research problem, project, or study with many colleagues by developing a table-top display on a set of poster boards. Several posters are available at one time with the presenters standing by their table to talk informally about the project with interested participants. The poster may include printed materials, graphics, and additional handouts. The session will last one and a half hours and presenters should remain close to their displays for questions and discussion during this time.

WHAT IS THE DIVERSITY FAIR? The NYLA Diversity Fair celebrates examples of diversity in the libraries of New York State and showcases possibilities for libraries who are in search of “diversity in action” ideas. Examples can include, but are not limited to, multilingual and multicultural programs, activities and services, creating and sustaining literacy (new and non-readers and other literacy issues), in-depth collection development projects, outreach services, service to people with disabilities, mobile library services, technology, and innovative services to other underserved or underrepresented communities. Presenters are encouraged to share their success stories, experiences and resources through poster presentations and informal conversations with colleagues. The Diversity Fair will last an hour and a half and presenters should remain close to their displays for questions and discussion during this time. Consider sharing your library’s/community organization’s accomplishments and help inspire others interested in celebrating diversity!

NYLA colleagues are invited to submit proposals for either a Poster Session or the Diversity Fair at the NYLA Conference in Niagara Falls, NY. Poster Sessions will take place on Friday, October 16 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. The NYLA Diversity Fair will take place on Thursday, October 15 from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Proposals should be submitted on this form by May 5, 2009.

These proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Conference Program Committee and you will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2009.

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