Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Library Theory and Research Section joint with Information Literacy Section

  • 9 January 2018, 11:14
Theme: "Information Literacy: From Practice to Research and Back Again"

The IFLA Library Theory and Research and Information Literacy Sections invite proposals for papers to be presented at their joint session on “Information Literacy: From Practice to Research and Back Again during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 24-30 August 2018.

Since 1974 when the term information literacy was first used, the field has received a vast amount of attention from both practical and research perspectives. With the potential to transform lives and societies, the importance of information literacy is appreciated world-wide. Our understandings of information literacy come from across the globe and ranges in focus from practice-based to highly theoretical; from everyday life to education and workplace settings; and for infants through to the elderly.

This session aims to bring together practice that is based on theoretical underpinnings and theory that can inform practice across the diverse field (of literacies that encompasses the analytical skills critical to information literacy). Our objective is to hear about a range of critical approaches and research models that contribute to building new theory; the challenges of applying theory in practice; the technology dimension in theoretical frameworks; how learning theories can inform practice; and cultural perspectives associated with learning. 

The session will look beyond standards and processes, engaging instead in the potential for developing knowledge to guide information literacy practice across disciplines, contexts and environments. It will also explore how the body of information literacy practice can inform the building of theory, which in turn can inform future practice.

Suggested themes to guide submissions:

  • Construction of knowledge in information literacy
  • Critical approaches and challenges to build new theoretical contexts
  • Cross-cultural contexts in information literacy
  • Emancipatory pedagogy
  • Enabling technology to enhance information literacy theory and practice.
  • Exploring alternative routes to information literacy
  • Information literacies to transform society
  • Information literacy models – from theory to practice and back to theory
  • Informed learning theory
  • Methodological and analytical approaches for exploring information literacy.


  • Selection of papers will be based on an abstract (of no more than 500 words), which should demonstrate the paper’s relevance to one or more of the themes above, and how it will inform practice, research or both.
  • The author(s) should include their full contact details and a brief biographical note with the abstract.
  • Abstracts should be submitted as an MS Word file by e-mail. They will be reviewed by the full Program Committee.

Please email your abstract to the Co-Chairs of Program Committee for the joint Library Theory & Research and Information Literacy Sections’ session:

Dr. Gaby Haddow
Email: and

Dr. Min Chou

  • If accepted, a full paper must be submitted for inclusion on the Conference website. Further details will be provided on acceptance.
  • Depending on the number of submissions accepted, we are expecting that up to 15 minutes will be allowed for each presentation, with 5 minutes for questions.
  • The Program Committee reserves the right to invite authors to participate in a panel discussion to close the Session, rather than present a paper. 


5 March 2018 – Abstract submission with full author(s) details including email contact.

16 April 2018 – Notification of acceptance.

1 June 2018 – Full paper due. Must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.


Dr. Gaby Haddow, Co-chair of Program Committee
IFLA Library Theory & Research Section

Dr. Min Chou, Co-chair of Program Committee
IFLA Information Literacy Section


The language of the session is expected to be English. However, presenters may also give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages. Simultaneous translation is not guaranteed; therefore, presenters are strongly encouraged to provide the PowerPoint in English to facilitate understanding of the ideas presented.


All proposals must be received by 5 March 2018.

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.