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Call for Papers

Reference and Information Services Section
& Information Literacy Section

Don’t Wait to be Asked: towards next generation reference services and information literacy

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The Reference and Information Services Section and the Information Literacy Section invite proposals for papers to be presented at a joint two-hour programme which will explore the transformation and integration of reference and information literacy into new models of instruction and information services.

Subjects of interest include:
  • How do we transform and integrate reference and information literacy into new models of instruction and service?
  • How can we identify and understand the future needs of our users?
  • How will the relationship and collaboration between librarians and users change?
  • What information skills will be needed in 2010 and beyond in all sectors of society?
  • How do we transform our users' computer savvy into the ability to use and evaluate information efficiently, effectively, and ethically?
  • What is the role of the library website? How can we move from passive pages to interactive learning tools and valued information assets?
  • How can we deliver innovative and effective information literacy support, guidance and programmes to the right people at the right time?
  • How will we define and develop the reference and instruction librarians of tomorrow?

Proposals should include the following: abstract of paper (max. 500 words); author details (name, institution, position) and brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words.
The deadline for submitting proposals is January 22, 2010. Late submissions will not be considered. Please submit proposals electronically to Amanda Duffy (burntoak@dsl.pipex.com) and indicate "IFLA proposal" in the subject line. Selected presenters will be notified by February 22, 2010.

Presenters will be expected to submit final versions of their papers by May 1, 2010. Papers should be submitted and presented in English. Presenters will have 15 minutes at the programme to deliver summaries of their papers, and time will be allowed for an open forum to allow audience interaction.

Please note that the expense of attending the Gothenburg conference will be the responsibility of the presenter(s) of accepted papers and at least one of the presenters/authors must be present for the programme.

For more information, please contact Amanda Duffy (burntoak@dsl.pipex.com) or Sharon Mader (smader@uno.edu).


All proposals must be in before 22 January 2010.

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.

Last update: 18 January 2010