Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Education and Training Section joint with Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section and Information Technology Section


"All about E-Learning: Connection. Collaboration. Community"

The IFLA Education and Training Section joint with Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section and Information Technology Section invite interested professionals to submit proposals for the open session to be held in Columbus, Ohio, USA, from 13-19 August 2016.

There is an increasing awareness about the prospective and important role of e-learning not only in LIS education but also in continuing education for professionals and in applying innovative services in order to reach new communities. Implementing powerful e-learning strategies in librarianship, academic, and practical sectors makes us think about the IFLA president’s theme, “Call to Action.” This call to action urges information technology personnel to work on the infrastructure for connecting all available and needed platforms serving this area.

E-learning/online education is a noteworthy tool for education and training in general and especially for librarianship and information science fields. Nowadays, the Internet is the best tool of information production in general; the education field has experienced significant gains due to the wide connections offered by the Internet. It currently facilitates a variety of services ranking from a quick virtual lecture to a comprehensive course or program that can offer new perspectives for scholars, professionals, and community members.

This session’s goal is to provide complementary coverage of new techniques, infrastructure, and academic and professional aspects of e-learning.

We are particularly interested in proposals which explore these issues:

  • The impact of new information technologies on library education
  • The experiences of LIS educators and the pedagogy for online library education and training
  • Implementation of e-learning for librarians and library users
  • Infrastructure for online library education and training
  • Employer perspectives in using e-learning, e.g. views of human resource managers or supervisors with responsibility for staff development and performance planning and review

Language of the session:

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

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should include:

  1. Title of proposed presentation
  2. An extended structured abstract of the proposed paper of 1,000 words maximum; for information about structured abstracts, see
  3. Name(s) of presenter(s)
  4. Position or title of presenter(s)
  5. Employer or affiliated institution of presenter(s)
  6. E-mail address
  7. Telephone/fax numbers
  8. Short biographical statement(s) regarding the presenter(s)

Please email your proposals to:

Suzanne Samir
Email: and

Lisa Travis

All proposals must be in before 22 March 2016.

Successful candidates will be notified by 21 April 2016 and must submit the full paper by 14 June 2016.

Details on the format and length of the final paper will be emailed to those candidates whose abstracts are accepted.


All proposals must be received by 22 March 2016.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Columbus, Ohio. 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 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, 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.