Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section


"Transforming Libraries: What does this mean for continuing professional development and workplace learning?"


10-12 August 2016


Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL)  invites you to submit a proposal for the Satellite conference of IFLA’s Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning to be held in Cleveland (USA) 10-12 August 2016.

Conference theme and focus

This satellite meeting intends to focus on the role professional development in preparing librarians and staff for changes in the library.  In particular, CPDWL is interested in exploring  how librarians can support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Lyon Declaration;  strategies for planning for new library sectors and programs;  what should CPD look like in a modern workplace; and librarians as leaders in their organizations.

Selected papers will be presented at the sessions. They may be research papers but also best practice reports, personal stories, case study presentations. Though the planning team is interested in a broad range of concepts, preference will be given to papers that reflect one or more of the following themes:

  1. The future of Continuing Professional Development in the context of Lyon Declaration and UN agenda & Continuing Professional Development guidelines at national and international level: Informing librarians about the Lyon Declaration and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is critical to having libraries perceived as strong development partners.  Librarians will also need training to prepare them to support the UN SDGs.
  2. Transitioning to new library sectors. Case studies and strategies; low-cost Continuing Professional Development: are there alternative ways to manage your own Professional development? Do social media offer any further opportunities? And library associations/communities?
  3. Using Continuing Professional Development to manage change in your library: what professional development and workplace learning is needed to have librarians engaged in transforming spaces, services, outreach to users and collections?
  4. Leading your own change: leadership from where you are in the organization. Advocating for libraries, mentoring and finding mentors, strategies to influence the organization starting from where you are.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals should include:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Abstract of no more than 400 words
  • Author(s) name, professional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address
  • A brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words
  • Request for mentoring, if needed.

Proposals should be submitted by completing this Application form and should be sent before 15 January 2016 by Email to:

Matilde Fontanin

Submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee with successful proposals identified and announced by 15 February 2016. Successful applicants will have until 29 February 2016 to confirm acceptance of the offer.

Full text papers should be submitted in a Word file by 30 April 2016.

Language for abstracts:  English.
Language for presentations: English

The planning team reserves the right to ask applicants to make small adjustments to the style of their papers to support the needs of the program.

Key Dates

Date Action
15 January 2016 Closing date for call for papers. Brief abstract required
15 February 2016 Applicants will be informed as to whether their paper has been accepted
29 February  2016
Applicants to confirm their acceptance of the offer
30 April 2016 Full papers must be submitted to the planning team



Mentors are available to help finalizing accepted papers, request should be stated along with paper submission

Conference location

The satellite conference will be held at Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing.

The Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is the third largest public research library in the United States, with 27 branches and a downtown campus comprised of the Main Library, the Louis Stokes Wing, and the Eastman Reading Garden.  Highlights of the downtown campus include  TechCentral & MakerSpace, the Cleveland Digital Public Library and Preservation Lab, and the Special Collections Department, which houses the world’s largest collection of chess literature and a Rare Books Collection of over 74,000 volumes.  The downtown campus is located within walking distance of several hotels as well as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center.

Conference Language

The conference will be conducted in English.  All papers and presentations must be submitted in English


All proposals must be received by 15 January 2016.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program of the Satellite Meeting.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2016 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 for attending the satellite meeting (eg. travel, accommodation, etc.) are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.

Congress Participation Grants

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