Call for Papers

Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section

Libraries and Librarians as Forces for Transformative Change: Continuing Education the Fuel

Theme and scope of the session

The Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) is in the process of planning for the Helsinki conference to be held in Helsinki from August 11-17, 2012. The selected theme for its session is: "Libraries and Librarians as Forces for Transformative Change: Continuing Education the Fuel".

Program structure

Building on the conference theme and spinning off from the five sub-topics, this conference program will address the role of librarians in both facilitating and leading change with continuing education as the key requirement for equipping with the tools to do so. This is a Call for Papers to solicit people to share their experiences and case studies that demonstrate how librarians have made a difference in 5 different areas:

  • Digital Content: How has providing access to digital content made a difference? How are librarians using digital content to facilitate change? How are librarians contributing to the development of new digital content experiences to meet user needs?
  • Leadership: What are the ways that librarians are managing and leading change? What kinds of leadership values, attitudes, and beliefs are needed to facilitate change?
  • Advocacy: What are some of the ways that librarians have successfully advocated for change? What are some lessons learned about advocacy and effective approaches in today's evolving communications environment? How can librarians demonstrate value?
  • Cultural Diversity: How do librarians promote cultural diversity of all kinds (religious, ethnic, etc.)? How do librarians engage and support people from different cultures?
  • Mulitilingualism: How do librarians provide access in multilingual environments thereby changing the way information is acquired, managed and delivered?

As we progress with the planning of the programme those who are selected to present will be given more information concerning the format of the programme.


In order to enrich the programme CPDWL is also soliciting materials for a Poster Session during the conference.

Those wishing to participate in the Poster Session should submit an outline of their ideas to Ulrike Lang at, by January 11, 2012.

Proposals should include:

  1. Title of proposed presentation
  2. Outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 300 words)
  3. Name(s) of presenter(s)
  4. Position or title of presenter(s)
  5. Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution
  6. E-mail address
  7. Telephone/fax numbers
  8. Short biographical statement

Important Dates and Timelines

Please e-mail proposals for papers by January 11, 2012 to:
Sylvia Piggott

All proposers will be advised at the end of March 2012 of the outcome of the review and selection of proposals.

The presenters selected for the program at the Helsinki conference will be asked to submit a formal paper (for inclusion on the IFLA conference website and the Sections' websites) no later than May 1, 2012.

Papers can be submitted in one of the official IFLA working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish. The language of the session is English but presenters may give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages. However, presenters are asked to provide the PowerPoint covering their presentation, in English, to facilitate understanding of the ideas presented. Simultaneous translation is not guaranteed.


All proposals must be in before 11 January 2012.

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 Finnish National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 13 January 2012