Update: The IFLA LIS Student Paper Award is not being offered in 2018.

The IFLA LIS Student Paper Award honours students of Library and Information Science whose abstract submissions have been accepted by any IFLA Section or IFLA Unit to be presented at the next IFLA World Library and Information Congress.

Each year, three finalists are recognized for their outstanding achievements. One winner is selected from the three finalists.

The winner will receive in total up to €1000 to support attendance at the upcoming IFLA Congress; this includes conference registration fees as well as visa, travel and accommodation costs. Furthermore, the paper will be recommended for publication in the IFLA Journal. Second and third place finalists will receive an official certificate.

The finalists are announced in May each year and the winner is announced officially during the IFLA Awards Presentation during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.

Objectives of the award

  • encourage LIS students – especially from developing countries – to submit papers addressing the current IFLA World Library and Information Congress theme;
  • reward the best LIS student paper submission for the IFLA Congress each year;
  • give LIS students the opportunity to take part in an IFLA Congress;
  • give LIS students the chance to learn more about IFLA activities;
  • prepare and encourage the new LIS Generation to participate in IFLA activities.

The target group is LIS students from all over the world, who are enrolled in a course of study for the “first professional qualification” (e. g. bachelor/graduate diploma/master) in the country of study. PhD students are not eligible for the award.

All IFLA Sections are requested to open their Call for Papers to students. Accepted student papers will be presented either in the relevant Section’s conference session or, if appropriate, in the SET Open Session.

Past award winners