Call for Posters


Application deadline

1 April 2023


IFLA Poster Categories 2023

Best IFLA Poster 2023

At the congress, a jury will review all posters and select the Best IFLA Poster 2023  based on the evaluation criteria outlined above. The winner will be announced at the WLIC 2023 Closing Ceremony.

People’s Choice 2023

As all posters will be made available online on the conference digital platform, and the conference platform will enable voting, a new category will be introduced for the 2023 posters’ edition: People’s Choice 2023. The winner for this new category will be announced at the WLIC 2023 Closing Ceremony and will get a certificate of recognition.

Poster Theme

“Let’s work together, Let’s Library” is the 2023 conference theme with the sub-theme of “Building a sustainable future through the SDGs”.

The pandemic demonstrated that libraries are societal actors: libraries are the mirror, they are the heart, they are the catalyser of social progress.

  • What is the role of libraries in building a sustainable future?
  • What are the issues for libraries in building this sustainable future and what are their impacts?
  • How has your library made an impact in your community or society related to one of the SDGs?
  • Which services, programmes and/or applications of technology have been implemented in your library to support this sub-theme?

Create a poster that highlights your library’s work and share it with the world at WLIC in Rotterdam!

Successful applications will:

  • Present a new/service/programme or application of technology that has a clear relationship to the poster theme as noted above
  • Lend itself to a poster session; is not too hypothetical
  • Describe the topic of the poster in an engaging 300-word abstract
  • Be inspiring to others

Additional criteria for evaluation include:

  • Concept/Programme/Service is clearly explained
  • Content is not duplicated in another poster
  • Presenter is not listed to present another poster (a presenter must be present during the poster session to explain the poster to viewers)
  • Poster describes a project that is ongoing or near completion, not one that is yet to start

Important note: The presenter must commit to attending the Congress in person and traveling to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

All poster proposals are reviewed by a jury of members from the IFLA Professional Council. Proposal status will be announced in late April 2023.

Format Presentation

Posters should be printed and will be attached to the presentation panel. Posters can be written in any of the IFLA official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

The standard poster size of DIN A0 841mm wide x 1189mm high is the minimum. It is recommended that a printed poster be no larger than 900mm wide and 1900mm high.

If you are using photographs, graphics and text outside of your poster, these should also fit within the area of 900mm wide and 1900mm high.

Presenters should be prepared to be present during the Congress in Rotterdam on Tuesday 22 August and Wednesday 23 August 2023 to present and discuss their poster with delegates, and to hand out any leaflets or other information materials they will make available.

Note: Organisations that submit more than one application should indicate priority for the submissions and/or confirm there will be staff members available for the presentations.

A digital version of the poster will be required

  • The 2023 conference digital platform will enable online viewing and voting. It is therefore important to submit the digital file of your poster to participate in the new poster category.
  • To ensure the presentation of the ePosters in the conference platform, the required format is in portrait orientation and PDF only.
  • The digital file of the poster will be required to be submitted in advance of the conference to enable voting during the congress.
  • The digital file of the poster will be added to the IFLA repository after the conference.

Application form

  • You can download a copy of the application form to read it prior to completing the application online.
  • Submit your application using our webform.


  • 18 January 2023 – Call for Posters opens
  • 1 April 2023 – Deadline for applications. Submit your poster proposal with a title and abstract using our webform.
  • April 2023 – IFLA Headquarters will inform applicants of the final decision of the Professional Committee.
  • End of July 2023 – Deadline for submitting the digital file of the poster you will present in person in Rotterdam.
  • 21-22 August 2023 – Posters to be placed on presentation panels at the Congress. Exact times to be confirmed.
  • 22-23 August 2023 – Poster sessions at the Congress



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