Call for Papers

Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group

Role of information literacy in agricultural productivity and food security: An international perspective

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The Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group invites papers to be presented at its open session at the 80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Lyon, France in August 2014 on the theme: Role of Information Literacy in Agricultural Productivity and Food security: An International Perspective.


Information is a productive resource like land, labor, and capital. Agriculture includes a variety of operations, variety of resources. It is concerned with diverse user community that involves decision-makers, policy makers, planners, researchers, teachers, students, program managers, field workers, farmers, ranchers, business community, and others. All of them need different kind of information for a variety of purposes. The agricultural information transfer system consists of four independent, interrelated components; generation, organization, dissemination and utilization of information. Imparting information literacy to various groups involved in each of these components is crucial for productive and sustainable development of agriculture.

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

  1. Distinctive features of agricultural research and information literacy in the country/region
  2. Agricultural information awareness programs for teaching in the country/region
  3. Distinctive features of extension personnel and the scope of agricultural information literacy programs in the country/region
  4. Agricultural information literacy component in secondary education programs in the region/country
  5. Role of libraries/ information professionals in providing agricultural information literacy in the country/region

Submission Guidelines:

Proposal abstract (max 1000 words) must be submitted by 20 February 2014 on any of the topics listed above, with the topic to be discussed clearly identified from the list above. Submission is to include presenter's name, position, institution, and email address.


All proposals must be sent by 20 February 2014 to the Convener:

Dr. Ajay P Singh
Email:  with a copy to:
Dr. Deva E. Reddy

Important Dates

20 February 2014: Deadline for submitting abstracts
15 March 2014: Notification of acceptance
15 May 2014: Deadline for submission of final papers


All proposals must be in before 20 февраля 2014.

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 French 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: 17 February 2014