Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Information Technology Section joint with Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group


"Women & Library Technology – Empowering Women’s Participation in Open Technology & Culture"

[Deadline extended to: 20 March 2016]


11 August 2016


Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL, USA

IFLA’s Information Technology Section, the Women, Information, and Libraries SIG, and Northwestern University Libraries, invite proposals for a Satellite UnConference around theme of Women & Library Technology – Empowering Women’s Participation in Open Technology & Culture.

We are soliciting proposals for 40, 20, or 5 minute lightning talks. These can be how-to sessions, facilitated discussions, or traditional presentations. Submitting a proposal for a discussion does NOT mean you need to lead the discussion.

Submission Guidelines

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Barriers women have with salary negotiation;
  • How to balance the desire for children with career advancement and workplace support;
  • Using Trello to improve project management;
  • How to get involved with Wikipedia;
  • Lessons on how to be more inclusive in your job postings to attract diversity and women into technology positions;
  • How to get involved with open source communities, or
  • Three things everyone should know about sexual harassment.

Please submit your proposals no later than 29 February 2016 the extended deadline of 20 March 2016 at

We will analyze the proposals and then open it up for voting during the week of March 7th.  Speakers will be notified of their acceptance by early April.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to:

Mathilde Koskas
Email:, or

Evviva Weinraub
Email: for more information.

Important Deadlines

20 March 2016 Submission of proposal
March 2016 The proposals  will be reviewed
Early April Notification of acceptance

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.