Call for Papers: 2020 IFLA Congress Open Session on Information Literacy

The IFLA LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group and the Information Literacy Section invite interested professionals to submit proposals for the open session to be held in Dublin, Ireland, on 15-22 August 2020. The theme of the session will be: “Information Literacy in LIS Programmes in Developing Countries”.

There is an increasing awareness about the prospective and important role of Library and Information Science (LIS) education in the dissemination of information literacy through changing trends and societies. Implementing powerful learning strategies in librarianship, academic, and practical sectors, through which awareness is raised about the importance of information in today’s life, business and education, should be a vital role of LIS education in developing countries. This call to action urges LIS educators to work on their programme plans and curricula.

This session’s goal is to provide a clear view of the presence of information literacy components in LIS programmes worldwide, with a special focus on developing countries.

The organisers are particularly interested in proposals which explore the following issues:
  • The impact of new information technologies on library education
  • The experiences of LIS educators in introducing information literacy courses within their curricula
  • Implementation of IL through e-learning for librarians and library users
  • LIS departments’ role in IL awareness in their institutions.
Language of the session:

The official language of the session is English. However, presenters may also give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages. Simultaneous translation is not guaranteed; therefore, presenters are encouraged to provide the PowerPoint in English to facilitate understanding of the ideas presented.

Important dates

28 February 2020: Deadline for receipt of proposals

30 March 2020: Successful candidates will be notified

31 May 2020: Full paper must be submitted

Proposal details

Details on the format and length of the final paper will be emailed to those candidates whose abstracts are accepted. All proposals should include:

  1. Title of proposed presentation
  2. An extended structured abstract of the proposed paper of 1,000 words maximum
  3. Name(s) of presenter(s)
  4. Position or title of presenter(s)
  5. Employer or affiliated institution of presenter(s)
  6. Email address
  7. Telephone/fax numbers
  8. Short biographical statement(s) regarding the presenter(s)
Please email your proposals to:

Mr. Waleed (Session coordinator)

and copy to:

Saif AlJabri

Min Chou

All proposals must be received by 28 February 2020.

Please note:

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Dublin. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

The paper must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2020 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Congress Participation Grants

A list of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & Awards webpage on the IFLA 2020 website.

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