Call for Papers

Education and Training Section

Internships and placements for the new information society


As part of the 77th IFLA General Conference & Council, the Section on Education and Training is organising an off-site half-day session with the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan. This event represents a great opportunity for LIS educators and professionals from Latin America, the Caribbean and elsewhere in the world to meet and share knowledge and experience about current practice and issues relating to internships and placements in the new information environment.

Colleagues in the region are looking to develop the existing range of internships and placements to reflect the new information society and the opportunities it affords.

This session will take place on the morning of 16th August, (9.00 – 12.30).

We are particularly interested in proposals for papers which explore these topics (but not exclusively):

  • finding and working with new partners in business, industry, government, etc.
  • selection of students and placements
  • helping students with CVs / resumés / interview techniques
  • assessment and performance monitoring
  • developing relevant professional information skills in the workplace
  • integrating placements with the curriculum and involving professional bodies
  •  the benefits of internships / placements for students, educators, host organisations and employers
  • placements and internships and future employment.

We are also keen to receive proposals for posters on the above subjects, from students / recent graduates for posters that share experience of placements and internships from the region and elsewhere.

The language of the session is English, although any IFLA approved language is welcome. Simultaneous interpretation, however, is not available during IFLA off-site sessions. Speakers will be requested to use English for their PowerPoint presentations.

Important dates and information

  • Proposals for papers and posters must be submitted by February 28th 2011
  • Successful proposers will be notified by March 21st 2011
  • Full papers/poster outlines must be submitted by May 23rd 2011

Proposals for papers should include:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 300 words)
  • Language of presentation
  • 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 about the presenter(s).

Proposals for posters should also include the above, but with an A4 outline of the poster instead of a 300 word summary.

All proposals will be evaluated by a refereeing committee representing the IFLA Section of Education and Training: Cristobal Urbano (Spain), Anna Maria Tammaro (Italy), Graham Matthews (United Kingdom) Charles Lowry (United States), Luisa Vigo-Cepeda and Carlos Suarez Balseiro (Puerto Rico)

Please send proposals to:
Graham Matthews, e-mail:

A separate call for papers has been issued for the Section’s Open Session, Education for digital curation.

For information, please visit the IFLA Education and Training Section.


All proposals must be in before 28 February 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.  SET has no funds to assist prospective presenters.

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: 12 February 2011