The Evolving Concept of School Library and Its Profession

Website of the Virtual International Seminal Meeting on “The Evolving Concept of ‘School Library’ and Its Profession, organized by Roma Tre University and IFLA School Libraries Section in collaboration with AIB, Biblioteche di Roma, Forum del Libro, IASL e IBBY Italia. The Meeting was initially intended to be on April 2, 2020: because of COVID-19, it was turned into a virtual one, through this blog. Presentations are available through the YouTube channel.

WLIC 2018 Kuala Lumpur Conference Papers

This session continues the work of the School Libraries Section in supporting the implementation of the 2015 IFLA School Library Guidelines (2nd ed.). A forthcoming book on this topic will be published by DeGruyter Saur, co-sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) and co-edited by Barbara Schultz-Jones (USA) and Dianne Oberg (Canada).


  1. Regional Workshops: Collaborative Professional Development for In-Service Librarians in South Carolina, USA. Karen Gavigan, University of Alberta South Carolina, United States. Abstr. Ppt
  2. Reforming Education for School Librarians in China. Zhang (Bella) Jing, Sun Yat-sen University, China
  3. Pathways for School Library Education and Training in Japan. Rei Iwasaki, Kyoto Notre Dame University, JapanMutsumi Ohira, Kyoto Notre Dame University, JapanJunko Nishio, Kyoto Notre Dame University, Japan Paper in English
  4. The New U.S. National School Library Standards: Integrated Learning and Growth for Innovative School Librarian Preparation. Elizabeth Burns, Darden College of Education, United States
  5. The Initial Training of Teacher Librarians in France: Towards the Construction of a Faceted Professional Identity. Valérie Glass, Cité Internationale, France
  6. Building and Sustaining a Network of School Libraries in Portugal: The Role of Professional Development. Isabel Mendinhos, Gabinete da Rede de Bibliotecas Escolares, Portugal


World Library and Information Congress: 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 13-19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Theme: Inclusion for School Library Implementation

The Call for Papers for the joint session of the Academic and Research Libraries, Metropolitan Libraries and School Libraries Setions is available here.


World Library and Information Congress: 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 15-21 August 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
Theme: Global Action on School Library Guidelines: Development and Implementation

Satellite MeetingSchool libraries as a catalyst for developing information literacy skills
Sponsor: Information Literacy Section with School Libraries Section
Date: 13–14 August  Location: NLSA Centre for the Book, Cape Town (TBC), South Africa


World Library and Information Congress: 80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France
Theme: Confluence for Knowledge – Advocacy – Strong Libraries (School Libraries on the Agenda: Advocacy Initiatives from Around the World)


World Library and Information Congress: 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 17-23 August 2013, Singapore
Theme: School Libraries and Information for Civic Literacies


World Library and Information Congress: 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
11-17 August, Helsinki Finland
Theme: Friends or Foes – Public and School Libraries a Force for Change for Creating Smart Communities




World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy
Theme: How heritage is presented and promoted through school libraries – continuing themes of the use of technology and information literacy


World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
August 2008, Québec, Canada
Theme: All aboard at the school library: giving children the tools they need to navigate the future!