Reinventing Reference with Technology Transformations

A Joint Satellite Meeting of Reference & Information Services and Information Technology Sections

Location: University of Malaya Library, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date of Meeting: August 23 (full day)

Reference and information services are closely linked to transformations in technology that have helped expand the mechanisms for the delivery of services (e.g. chat reference), the development of applications and databases to collect information and the structure of how this information is searched and presented (e.g. through discovery systems).  Technology transformations have also enhanced our ability to deliver training and development for patrons and staff (e.g. tutorials, online guides and other instruction/information services).

The Satellite meeting will explore many topics related to this interaction.  Please see the link below for suggestions for presentations.

For the detailed call for submissions see the following link:

Important Deadlines

  • 28 March 2018: Deadline for submitting proposals for presentations
  • 15 April 2018: Successful Speakers will be notified, and IFLA forms completed by RISS/IT and the Speakers
  • 25 May 2018: Deadline for submission of completed papers to RISS/IT. The proposal should be no more than 300 words in length. The paper should be in one of the IFLA official languages, but the conference language will be English.
  • 22 June 2018: Deadline for submitting any Power Point slides that will be used in the presentation.

Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as an MS Word file by email to Christine Brown ( and May Chang ( Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Kuala Lumpur. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the Satellite Meeting will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.