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Call for Papers

E-Learning Special Interest Group

Understanding the value of ePortfolios to reflect on and present learning and professional development


The IFLA E-learning SIG invites papers for its Open Session on the topic Understanding the value of ePortfolios to reflect on and present learning and professional development. The program will relate to the main theme of the conference, Open access to knowledge: promoting sustainable progress, at the level of the individual LIS professional or paraprofessional, encompassing the communication of self-knowledge and career progress.

There is a separate call for papers for the Section for Education and Training (SET) Open Session on the topic of New digital directions and library education: sustaining library education programs.

The theme of the session:
The term ‘ePortfolio' refers to an electronically stored collection, or archive, of a person's experiences, achievements and artefacts, together with their reflections on learning. The content and artefacts of the ePortfolio should have a purpose, for example to demonstrate a skill, an attribute, or learning acquired from experience.

Digital portfolios, or ePortfolios, are being introduced into a number of disciplines to support professional accreditation and professional development. In some countries, students in schools, colleges and universities are encouraged to develop an ePortfolio to record and reflect on their learning and on their employability skills. In the workforce, with the support of managers and mentors, individuals may develop an ePortfolio to focus on career planning, professional development and performance review activities, enabling them to establish a rich portfolio of reflective evidence on their own learning and development over a period of time. ePortfolios can also play an important role in presenting evidence to support the recognition of prior learning.

This Open Session will explore the use of ePortfolios in the LIS sector.

We are keen to have papers that present the diverse perspectives of LIS practitioners, students and graduates, educators, as well as representatives of professional associations who have been involved with ePortfolio practice in the LIS sector. This may be in formal or informal learning contexts or in the workplace. Papers must be original and may cover both research and practice issues in areas such as:

  • The personal use of ePortfolios by LIS students (both professional and paraprofessional)
  • The value of ePortfolios to recent graduates entering the workforce
  • The experiences of LIS educators working with students in the areas of skills development, professional placements and fieldwork
  • Employer perspectives, eg human resource managers and/or line managers with responsibility for staff development and performance planning and review
  • The use of ePortfolios to support mentoring, potentially through an association's mentoring program for members or an internal mentoring program in libraries
Language of the session:  The paper should be in one of the IFLA official languages. As simultaneous interpretation is not guaranteed for this Open Session, it is strongly recommended that the presentation slides are in English, even if the presentation is delivered in one of the other official languages.

Important dates and information:
Proposals for papers must be submitted by: 31 December 2009.
Proposals should be sent to Associate Professor Gillian Hallam, Convenor of the E-learning SIG g.hallam@qut.edu.au

The proposal should clearly indicate:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 300 words)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s)
  • Position or title of presenter(s)
  • Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution
  • E-mail address
  • Telephone/fax numbers
  • Short biographical statement regarding the presenter/s
    All proposals will be evaluated by a refereeing committee representing the IFLA E-learning SIG.

Successful candidates will be notified by 28 February 2010 and must submit the full paper by 30 May 2010 to allow time for the review of papers and preparation of translations. Details on the format and length of the final paper will be emailed to the successful candidates.

At least one of the paper's authors must undertake to be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the E-learning SIG Open Session in Gothenburg.


All proposals must be in before 31 December 2009.

Please note

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 can be issued to authors/presenters if that is required. Some national professional associations may be able to help fund certain expenses and a small number of grants for conference attendance.

Please direct any enquiries to Associate Professor Gillian Hallam: g.hallam@qut.edu.au

Last update: 13 January 2010