These are excellent suggestions. I mentor library students and recent grads. Scholarly communication can begin with blogging, microblogging and poster sessions. I have an account with Slideshare and Authorstream and find the shows excellent. Best of course, if they have audio or proper annotation.
Poster sessions are a great opportunity to get your feet into the water and show off research you’ve done, a project you have implemented, or a new service you are providing.
More low-key than a full blown conference presentation, poster sessions are akin to an elevator speech – “Hey, look at these cool things I’m doing!” – as a librarian, that’s what I love about them: I get practical ideas and advice in a short amount of time that I can adapt or re-tool for my library.
At the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference, I presented my first poster session: Assessment into Action: Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners. It was a great experience. I enjoyed taking a topic that I was interested in and using my design/creative skills to come up with a poster to share the information.
This semester, I’m teaching an undergrad information science class
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