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8th IFLA LIS Student Paper Award

The IFLA Education & Training Section (SET) has the pleasure to announce the 8th IFLA LIS Student Paper Award for 2016.

The IFLA LIS Student Paper Award honours students of Library and Information Science whose abstract submissions have been accepted by any IFLA Section or Unit to be presented at the upcoming IFLA World Library and Information Congress 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 13–19 August, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

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

Students must first follow one of the deadlines of any IFLA Section Call for Papers. Once the paper is accepted for presentation by any IFLA Section at the World Congress (not a satellite conference), you may then send your full paper to SET to apply for the award not later than 1 May 2016.

The finalists will be announced soon after May 1. The winner will be announced officially during the IFLA Awards Presentation during WLIC 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

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.

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.

How to Write

To help students with less experience in abstract/paper writing, templates for both are available for download below.

Step by Step

Students must first get their paper accepted for presentation by any IFLA Section at the World Congress (not a satellite conference). Students should follow the IFLA WLIC Calls for Papers and keep in mind any IFLA section’s Call for Papers deadline (!). Choose any Call for Papers which meets your research interest. Then submit your paper proposal by the deadline. Once you have received the letter of acceptance from the chosen section, then you may send your full paper to SET to apply for the award by 15 April 2016 (notification of award: 15 May 2016).

To apply for the award, LIS students whose abstracts have been accepted by any IFLA section should follow these guidelines:

  • Submit the following three (3) items: (1) the full conference paper; (2) copy of any IFLA section's letter of acceptance; and (3) letter of recommendation from the student's LIS Professor.
  • Submissions must follow the templates provided: ie to follow the requirements for a structured abstract as well as for style, citations, references etc.
  • Candidates should submit their applications by email or by traditional mail to the IFLA SET, c/o Dr. Petra Hauke, Hochkalterweg 3a, D-12107 Berlin, Germany, Email: petra.hauke@hu-berlin.de.


The criteria to measure the quality and relevance of papers are:

  • Relationship to the theme of the IFLA Congress and the sub theme/s of the relevant Section;
  • Relevant discussion of current issues in the topic field including reference to appropriate literature;
  • Quality of ideas, research methods, results or argument;
  • Quality of writing and referencing.

Selection Process

The papers will be reviewed by the IFLA LIS Student Paper Award Committee, consisting of current elected members of the SET SC. Up to three finalists will be recognized by the committee for their outstanding achievements. From these three finalists, one winner will be chosen to receive financial support to attend the IFLA Congress.

The Award

The award for the first place winner of the IFLA LIS Student Paper Award 2016 includes:

  • In total up to € 1000 to support the current IFLA Congress registration fee as well as visa, economy airfare and economical lodging
  • Recommendation for publication of the paper in the IFLA Journal [subject to approval].

Second and third place finalists will receive a certificate.

Deadline for submissions: 1 May 2016

Templates for Submissions


IFLA Education & Training Section (SET)
c/o Dr. Petra Hauke
Berlin School of Library and Information Science
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Hochkalterweg 3a
D-12107 Berlin
Email: petra.hauke@hu-berlin.de