Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Education and Training Section

  • 24 November 2017, 12:59
Theme: "Teaching methodologies and curriculum development in LIS Schools: best practices around the globe"

In keeping with the overall theme of the WLIC 2018, the open program session of the IFLA Section on Education and Training will focus on the role of libraries in transmitting LIS education through the right sort of methodologies and curricula.

For our open session, we seek contributions that illustrate the different ways in which all types of library schools must re-position in terms of Teaching methodologies and curriculum development themselves to enhance their effectiveness in educating the LIS students.

We are seeking high-quality, thoughtful and inspiring papers, and we encourage professionals from all continents to submit proposals for papers on topics relating to the session theme.


The following topics are suggested (though other proposals will be considered):

  • The importance of teaching methodologies in building up the future generation of LIS professionals
  • The importance of teaching methodologies in building up the future generation of LIS professionals
  • Evaluating the costs and benefits of different methodological implementations
  • Benchmarking good practices
  • Case studies from continents
  • Role of policies, frameworks and authorities
  • The friction between existing practices and introducing innovations
  • Multi-country assessments and comparisons
  • Introducing Promotion of digital literacies, information literacy and e-research literacy in the curricula


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is  20 January 2018. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by 15 February 2018.
  2. The Program Committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts against criteria which include: innovative content, topical relevance, regional interest, clarity of exposition, originality, and overall quality.
  3. Papers must be original submissions not presented or published elsewhere.
  4. Full texts of papers are due on 15th April 2018. Both abstract and full paper should be submitted as a MS Word file attachment by e-mail.
  5. Papers should be no more than 4,000 words, single spaced in Times New Roman 12 point.
  6. Papers and abstracts should be in English.
  7. The author(s) should include their full contact details and brief biographical notes.
  8. Note: all papers presented at IFLA WLIC 2018 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Authors of submitted papers must sign IFLA’s Authors’ Permission Form which formalizes this.

Content of abstracts:

Informative abstracts (500 words) should be prepared following the template provided below. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.

Purpose of this paper

What are the reason(s) for writing the paper (or the aims of the research)?


How does it relate to the theme of the session?

Design, methodology, approach

How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the study. What is the approach to the topic, and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper?


What was found in the course of the work? This will refer to analysis, discussion, or results.

Research limitations and implications (if applicable)

If the paper reports on research, this section must be completed. It should include suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process.

Practical implications (if applicable)

What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? All papers should have practical applications. What changes to practice might be made as a result of this research/paper?


What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to whom.


IFLA has no funds available to cover the cost of speakers’ attendance at the Congress. Any person submitting a paper proposal to SET is responsible for arranging his/her own travel funding.


All proposals must be received by 20 January 2018.

Please send your abstract to:

Susmita Chakraborty
Secretary, SET and Chair, Program Committee
SET Open and Satellite Sessions, WLIC 2018
Associate Professor, Dept. of Lib. And Inf. Sc.
University of Calcutta, WB, India

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Malaysia. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2018 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

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 letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.