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Managing Human Resources in the library and information context : How do we want to work tomorrow?

The IFLA Management and Marketing Section is organizing a satellite meeting on “Managing Human Resources in the library and information context: How do we want to work tomorrow?” to take place before the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in 2016.

call for papersThe library environment is currently characterized by many challenges due to profound changes driven by a variety of factors, including, technological, economic, socio-political, and educational developments. At the heart of these changes we find our most valuable resource, the personnel working in libraries. Human resource management is therefore at the forefront of many complex issues and opportunities, which need to be understood, debated, and deliberated upon, in order to strengthen our organizations and find new and dynamic solutions to unique problems, currently challenging the library environment. 

Keeping the above in mind, the IFLA Management and Marketing Section is organizing a satellite meeting on «Managing Human Resources in the library and information context: How do we want to work tomorrow?» to take place before the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in 2016.


Research papers, case studies and articles are invited. We encourage innovative and practical perspectives on current and forward looking approaches to library human resource management initiatives, programs, issues, and policies. An indicative list (not exhaustive) of such areas is stated below:

  • Change management/innovation and human resources
  • Changing needs for highly qualified people (HQP)
  • Competencies/training/education (initial and continuing)
  • Organizational structures/models/cultures
  • Leadership/motivation/management of teamwork
  • New roles/tasks/functions (professional/non-professional)
  • Job analysis and job market for library personnel
  • Ethical/deontological issues
  • Performance evaluations
  • Working with unions
  • Age/gender
  • Diversity
  • Equitable salary structures
  • Life balance
  • Turnover/retention/succession planning
  • Mentoring
  • Hiring practices
  • Gender imbalance in libraries
  • International comparisons
  • Historical aspects


University of Toronto, Hart House (Canada)

How to submit a proposal

Interested persons are invited to submit a proposal for a paper and presentation of about 20-25 minutes on the topics listed above. The conference presentations will have to be given in English or in French (funding for simultaneous translation has been requested). Proposals may be sent in any IFLA official language.The proposal should be not more that 500 words long (1 page), be submitted in electronic format, and be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae of the author(s).

Proposals should be sent to:

Professor Réjean Savard, Ph.D EBSI – Université de Montréal (Canada)

[email protected]

Proposal evaluation: Evaluation of the proposals will be based on scientific quality (pertinence, theoretical base, methodology, originality) and on the competencies of the candidate(s) based upon: quality/quantity of their publications/communications; importance; relationship with the theme of the colloquium, professional experience etc.

Important Dates

The following schedule will be applied:

  • 1 December 2015: Deadline to submit proposals
  • 25 February 2016: Notification of acceptance and dissemination of the program
  • 1 June 2016: Deadline for authors to submit the final papers
  • 10-11 August 2016: Meeting
  • Autumn 2016: Publication of the proceedings

Evaluation committee

  • Stephen ABRAM, Lighthouse Consulting and Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (Canada)
  • Martine ALLÈGRE. Grenoble École de management (France)
  • Lamia BADRA, Université de Clermont-Ferrand (France)
  • Émilie BARTHET, Université de Lyon 3 (France)
  • France BOUTHILLIER, McGill University (Québec-Canada)
  • Judy BROADY-PRESTON, Aberystwyth University (Wales-UK)
  • Alex BYRNE, New South Wales State Library (Australia)
  • Thomas CHAIMBAULT, École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques (France)
  • Bernard DIONE, Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Sénégal)
  • Julie FILION, Réseau Biblio des Laurentides (Québec-Canada)
  • Loida GARCIA FEBO, Information New Wave (USA) and IFLA Governing Board
  • Dominique GAZO, Ville de Montréal (Québec-Canada)
  • Daniel GODON, Université du Québec en Outaouais (Québec-Canada)
  • Michel GORIN, Haute École de Gestion de Genève (Switzerland)
  • Louise GUILMETTE-LABORY, Consultante (Quebec-Canada)
  • Françoise HECQUARD, Consultante (France)
  • Christie KOONTZ, Florida State University (USA)
  • Ève LAGACÉ, Bibliothèques publiques du Québec (Quebec-Canada)
  • Dominique LAHARY, Commission Ressources humaines et formation de l’Association des 
  • Bibliothécaires de France (France)
  • Sueli MARA FERREIRA, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • Àngels MASSISIMO,  (Catalonia-Spain)
  • Michael David MILLER, McGill University (Québec-Canada)
  • Marielle de MIRIBEL, Ville de Paris (France)
  • Amadou Anta SAMB, Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Sénégal)
  • Madelyn Rose SANFILIPPO, Indiana University – Bloomington (USA)
  • Bonnie SMITH, University of Florida (USA)
  • Nadia TEMMAR, École Supérieure de Banque (Algeria)
  • Leslie WEIR, Université d’Ottawa (Canada)
  • Ludmila N. ZAYTSEVA, Russian State Library (Russia)