Call for Papers

Reference and Information Services Section

Change as a constant: infinite possibilities for reference and information services

The Reference and Information Services Section's 2-hour Open Session is entitled: Change as a Constant: infinite possibilities for reference and information services

In a rapidly changing digital environment, new possibilities for reference and information services can arise. This calls for new service models as well as competencies in delivering the reference and information services through the various channels, especially through social media and the increasingly popular mobile channels. There are also new possibilities in delivering reference services to people with special needs.

We have the following suggested themes for potential speakers

  • Role & Place of library information service in a hybrid information resource environment
  • Integrating Social media with reference services
  • Discovery tools for greater discovery of reference resources
  • New service models in reference and information services
  • Information discoveries in infinite combinations
  • How will the relationship and collaboration between librarians and users change?
  • Redefining reference and information services competencies (emphasis on competencies)
  • The roll of pedagogical skills in delivering reference and information services (emphasis on pedagogical skills)
  • Providing reference services to people with special needs
  • Marketing of reference services to people with special needs

During the session we aim to have between 4 and 6 speakers, presenting a paper in advance of the Conference - see important dates below - but also giving a 15 to 20 minute summary during the RISS Session. You can select any theme from our Call for Papers, although we would retain the option to ask for changes if there was serious overlap with the other speakers. IFLA has accepted that it may be impractical to require that every speaker prepares a formal paper, as well as the PowerPoint presentation. If speakers cannot produce papers, however, they must prepare a substantial abstract, including references such as URLs and bibliographies, to accompany their presentation.

On this basis, the RISS Committee is looking primarily for both papers and presentations, but we are prepared to accept some submissions for just presentation and abstract.

The annual IFLA Conference attracts nearly 4,000 delegates from over 100 countries. Speakers, therefore, have the opportunity to address a large and diverse audience, plus any papers given are published on the IFLA website and may appear later in the IFLA Journal.

Please note that, unfortunately, the Section has no funds to assist with your attendance at the Conference. Please also note that In accordance with IFLA's Open Access Statement all papers that are presented at the WLIC 2013 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

Important dates

31st January 2013 Deadline for submitting Proposals for Papers & Presentations or Substantial Abstracts and Presentations plus a very brief biography of the Speaker

February 2013 Successful Speakers notified, and IFLA forms completed by RISS and the Speakers

1st April 2013 Deadline for Abstracts- to be approximately 150 words or 500 words if not accompanying a Paper

1st May 2013 Deadline for submission of completed Paper to RISS.

Mid- June 2013 Deadline for PowerPoint presentations from Speakers

The paper should be no more than 3000 words in length. The paper should be in one of the IFLA official languages, but the conference language is English. If the paper is in any other official IFLA language than English, an accompanying translation in English must be attached. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

The papers will undergo a review process by the RISS Standing Committee.

The Proposals should be sent to:

Jane Weller
Secretary RISS
United Kingdom

Please put in the Subject line "IFLA RISS Papers". These will then be considered by the Chair, Judy Ng, National Library Board, Singapore, and fellow Committee members.


All proposals must be in before 31 January 2013.

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

Last update: 26 November 2012