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Call for Papers

New Professionals Special Interest Group
& Management of Library Associations Section

The Global Librarian

Boras, Sweden
9 August 2010

This satellite conference will be held immediately prior to the World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2010.

The IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group and the Management of Library Associations Section invite proposals for presentations.  First time presenters and new professionals are encouraged to apply.

In order to meet publication deadlines (for inclusion on the IFLA website) proposals must be submitted by February 20, 2010.

Conference Themes and Focus

New librarians are positioning themselves as library leaders in academia, libraries, and professional associations. This event aims to address key themes and leading trends to provide library services while changing attitudes and expectations on the way. The conference organising committee wishes to showcase examples of best practice in how to develop new leaders, services, and inclusion of new professionals in decision-making processes through both research based scholarly presentations and experiential and practical stories of successes and lessons learned. The organisers are particularly interested in receiving proposals for presentations on any of the following, or related, key themes and issues :

  • How to internationalize careers
  • New librarian paradigm
  • Mobile librarian
  • Real-time librarian
  • Advocating for library associations to include new professionals in their agenda

We welcome and encourage proposals from first-time conference presenters, librarians, library school students, and information workers new to the profession.

Conference Location and Dates

The conference will be held in Boras, Sweden. The conference venue will be the University of Boras which is conveniently located one hour by train from the WLIC venue, Gothenburg. More details will follow in the next few months. The satellite conference will start at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and will end at 4:30 p.m. with a networking session.

Format & Structure

The conference will be arranged to include keynote opening and closing speakers along with a mix of panel/plenary sessions.

Conference Language

The conference will be conducted in English. All papers and presentations will be required to be in English.

Submission of Proposals for Conference Presentations

To submit a proposal for presentation at the conference please complete the Proposal Submission Form

Proposals must be submitted in electronic format by email.

Proposals should be sent, no later than February 20, 2010 to both of the program convenors: Loida Garcia-Febo and Tania Barry (see addresses at the bottom of this page).


  • Proposals for papers must be submitted by February 20, 2010.
  • Successful proposers will be advised of the acceptance of their proposal by late February 2010.
  • If the presentation is accepted, then the full paper must be submitted for review by April 1, 2010

Review and Selection of Presentations

Proposals for papers for presentation and publication on the IFLA website will be assessed by the Conference program committee and will be subject to a peer review process. The program committee will decide which proposers should be invited to develop and submit full presentations and papers. Confirmation of invitations to present at the conference will be subject to the receipt and approval, following second-round peer review, of the full paper. Revisions may be required before final confirmation and acceptance.

Registration Costs, etc.

Details of the cost of the conference is €50.00. The registration fee will cover morning, afternoon and networking session refreshments, and lunch.

Registration fee will be waved for invited speakers and presenters. However they are required to pay their own travel, accomodation and expenses. If speakers and presenters wish to attend the World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Gothenburg, they are required to pay the registration fee and their own travel, accommodation and associated costs.


The Program Co-convenors will be happy to hear, and will respond to, questions or comments about this conference. Please direct questions to either or both:

Loida Garcia-Febo
Assistant Coordinator, New Americans Program & Special Services
Queens Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11432, USA
Tel. 1-718-990-8569
Fax. 1-718-990-8626
Email: loidagarciafebo@gmail.com

Tania Barry
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Bag 65 Bundoora VIC 3083
Tel: +61 3 9401 0715
Email: tbarry@yprl.vic.gov.au


All proposals must be in before 20 February 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. 

Please see the Grants for Gothenburg webpage for information on additional sources of funding.

Last update: 19 February 2010