As you can see from GenerationWhyLibrarian‘s post we are going to be submitting a poster for the SLA convention in Chicago. I’ve seen poster sessions touted as a great way to get your foot in the door of professional organizations and into the publishing world, but prior to attending CARL in April I’d never seen one. I was very excited to discover that it’s very much like the science fair when you’re at school and I enjoyed talking to some of the presenters at that conference.
I came across an email from SLA saying they had extended their deadline for the poster submissions and would welcome more submissions as well as provide a webinar on how to present your poster. We submitted our proposal and it was accepted! Now we’re working on putting together a survey on how MLIS students use technology in group projects. We hope to see from our data how a incoming generation of librarians uses technology to collaborate on work and to see what some of the trends are.
I will keep you posted on on progress as we head towards SLA in July. So far one interesting part has been the need to become certified to use human test subjects through the Rutgers website. This makes me feel a bit like a mad scientist and sounds much more sinister than administering a survey but who am I to argue with science. I’m excited to see what some of the results will be and look forward to hearing from you when the survey is up and circulating (hopefully by the end of this week).