Call for Papers

Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group

Education and training for agricultural library and information professionals: an international perspective


Papers are invited to be presented at 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Singapore, in August 2013 on the theme: Education and Training for Agricultural Library and Information Professionals: an International Perspective.

For advancing agricultural production, universities, colleges and research centers focusing on agriculture, animal husbandry, veterinary science, diary technology and allied subjects have been established in large number. Concurrently, agricultural libraries and information centers in some form or the other are in operation. This session is aimed at finding the perceived education and training needs of agricultural librarians and information professionals and the opportunities available for furthering their expertise.

Proposals must focus on one or more of the following topics:

  1. Distinctive features of agriculturists in teaching, research, and extension and the role of librarians in meeting their information needs
  2. Perceived education and training needs of agricultural librarians and information personnel
  3. Key issues confronted in providing agriculture-specific education and training in LIS schools in the country or region
  4. Opportunities for furthering subject-specific specialization in agriculture for librarians

Submission Guidelines

Proposal abstract (max 1000 words) must be submitted by January 30, 2013, on any one or more of the topics listed above, with the topic to be discussed clearly identified by number from list above. Submission is to include presenter's name, position, institution, and email address.

Important dates

January 30, 2013: Deadline for submitting abstracts

February 28, 2013: Deadline for notifications of acceptance

May 15, 2013: Deadline for submission of final papers


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


All proposals must be in before 30 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: 2 March 2013