Call for Papers

Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group

Social networking for agricultural research, education, and extension service: an international perspective


The IFLA Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group in association with the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) invites papers for presentation at IFLA General Conference, Helsinki, Finland in August 2012.

Social networking is a hawkeyed phrase. It is a tool to connect people to people. Agricultural research, education, and extension are establishing connections with one to one and many to many in sharing and exchange of information. The advent of Internet has greatly facilitated and reinforced these connections by a variety of social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Flicker, Ning etc.

The session will focus on pragmatic approach on the role of social media as a catalyst in establishing connections for advancing agriculture.

Proposals must focus on one or more of the following topics with reference to the country/ region/ institution:

  1. Role of social media for agricultural research
  2. Role of social media for agricultural education
  3. Role of social media for agricultural extension service
  4. Role of social media for sustainable agriculture
  5. Role of social media for agribusiness and marketing


Proposal abstract (max 500 words) must be submitted by e-mail no later than January 20, 2012 on any one or more of the topics listed above to:

Deva E. Reddy, PhD
Convener, IFLA Agricultural Libraries SIG
Associate Professor
Texas A&M University Libraries
College Station, TX 77843-5000
United States
Tel. +1-979-8621062 Fax. +1-979-4580112

Submission is to include presenter's name, position, institution, and email address.

Notification of acceptance of proposals will be completed by February 20, 2012.


All proposals must be in before 20 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