Over the past four decades, the Section for Education and Training (SET) has supported and enhanced library and information science (LIS) education and training based on research and professional practice on an international scale to encourage collaboration and development across the profession.

In 2014, SET will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in two ways:

  1. An off-site summit as part of the 2014 IFLA World Library and Information Conference in Lyon.  Monday, 18 August 2014 at École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et des Bibliothèques (ENSSIB).  See the call for contributions to the Ignite sessions (submissions closed 31 January 2014).
  2. 40th anniversary book to be published in 2015 featuring historical chapters and insights into the future of LIS education and training.

40th Anniversary Summit

The summit will be a special one-day off-site session at the 2014 IFLA conference and will address SET’s history and future by creating a collaborative forum for critical discussion. Components of the event includes panels, keynotes, and Ignite sessions.

40th Anniversary Book

The goal of the anniversary book will be to examine the past 40 years of SET’s history and its role in LIS education and training as well as to make future projections of LIS education and training in 2050. The book will include both historical chapters examining lessons learned over the past 40 years as well as position papers addressing key issues of LIS education and training. Some potential thematic issues the book will address are the integration of hands-on knowledge, reputation of the LIS profession, how the library of the future might look and how to prepare LIS students for it, and future research in LIS.

Please see the Call for Book chapters for further information.


We are also looking for photographs of SET members, meetings, events and activities. Please send your photos with the Photograph Copyright Waiver form to [email protected].

In conjunction with the summit, SET will celebrate its 40th anniversary by bridging the past to the future in the continual support of LIS education and training. For more information on SET’s history, check out Ole Harbo and Russell Bowden’s publication of the organization from 1974 to 2003.

More details regarding the celebration activities are forthcoming.

For more information, please contact Clara Chu ([email protected]) or Michael Seadle ([email protected]).