Call for Papers

Science and Technology Libraries Section

The Challenges and Changing Roles of the Science and Technology Libraries

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The Science & Technology Libraries Section invites the submission of proposals for papers on the topic:
The Challenges and Changing Roles of the Science and Technology Libraries

The dynamic information landscape poses unique and interesting challenges for science and technology librarians. We must juggle budgets to provide access to more and different formats of resources. We must meet clients' information needs, expectations and behaviors that are changing constantly. React to the new and intriguing opportunities that present themselves to us such as data curation and digital repositories. We must engage with communities beyond our immediate sphere of operation. Throughout all, we must demonstrate our value to our organization through strong community integration and appropriate assessment.

  • What approaches and/or strategies have been successful and are transferable to librarians throughout the world?
  • What resources exist that provide tools and methods to adapt to our new roles?
  • How are we being proactive rather than reactive?
  • How are new librarians being prepared to accept the challenge we face in this dynamic landscape?

The language of the session is English. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in duration. There will be additional time for questions and discussion. Proposals for papers should include an abstract no longer than 400 words. A short biography of the presenter and contact information (name, full address, phone, fax, email, etc) should be included with each submission. Full papers must be between 3000 and 6000 words in length.

Important dates

Proposals should be submitted by 1 February 2011 to
Successful proposals will be identified by 1 March 2011. Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of members of the Standing Committee of the Science and Technology Libraries Section.
Papers will be due by 1 June 2011. Papers should be in English and contain an abstract.

Please note: All expenses incurred for attending the Gothenburg conference are the responsibility of the authors whose papers are accepted. Authors/presenters are expected to attend the conference and present their papers in person.

Submitted on behalf of the STL Standing Committee

Ms Janet Webster
Chair, Standing Committee of the Science and Technology Libraries Section
Oregon State University Libraries
2030 Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365 USA


All proposals must be in before 1 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.

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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: 18 January 2011