Call for Papers

Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section
& Information Literacy Section
& Indigenous Matters Special Interest Group

Importance of Information Literacy for Multicultural Populations: Needs, Strategies, Programs, and the Role of Libraries


The Library Services to Multicultural Populations Sections, the Information Literacy Section and the SIG on Indigenous Matters invite proposals for papers to be presented at a three­hour programme.

Subjects of interest include:

  • How do we identify the needs of multicultural population in the field of the information literacy?
  • How can librarians, through information literacy programs, help develop understanding and tolerance for cultural diversity?
  • How have you overcome obstacles to introducing information literacy strategies among cultural diverse societies?
  • What are the benefits of offering information literacy programs to diverse populations and which strategies have worked best in your library?
  • What unique or interesting ways have libraries reached out to diverse communities to provide information literacy?

Proposals should include:

  • An abstract of paper approximately 500 words.
  • Attach summary of the author(s) details (name, institution, position) and brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words.
  • Submit proposals electronically to no later than January 25, 2011 and indicate “IFLA proposal” in the subject line.
  • Selected presenters will be notified by March 7, 2011.


Presenters will be expected to submit final versions of their papers by May 1, 2011. Papers should be in English (or in one of the official IFLA languages, with an English translation attached). The language of the session will be 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 Programme Committee has no funds to assist prospective authors: abstracts should only be submitted on the understanding that the expenses of the attending the San Juan conference (including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the authors(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers. Some national professional associations may be able to help fund certain expenses, and a small number of grants for conference attendance may be available.

For more information, please contact Stephen Stratton ( or Zuza Wiorogórska (


All proposals must be in before 25 January 2011.

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.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Puerto Rico National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Please check our Conference Participation Grants webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Last update: 15 January 2011