Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Knowledge Management Section


"Sharing Practices and Actions for Making Best Use of Organizational Knowledge in Libraries"


12 August 2016


Langsam Library, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA


Knowledge Management Section

Conference Focus

This one-day Satellite Conference will focus on organizational knowledge in all varieties of libraries and information centers with particular attention to best practices and activities for optimal dissemination and use. With a global interest in mind, this Satellite Conference will aim to provide a thoughtful and engaging discussion about an array of worldwide issues regarding the organization of knowledge within library and information settings.

Some examples of possible topics:

  • Best practices for advisory committees
  • Building leadership from within
  • Capturing the organizational knowledge and making it available for reuse
  • Developing successful mentoring and job-shadowing programs
  • Developing better workflows
  • Innovative use for staff blogs and intranets
  • Research data services
  • Supporting and funding staff/student innovation

Librarians, information specialists and professionals, knowledge managers, researchers, and others interested in knowledge management are invited to submit paper proposals on topics pertaining to KM and the central theme of the conference.

The KM Section welcomes case studies and theoretical papers from different contexts (e.g., different types of libraries, information organizations, cultural institutions, and public and private sector institutions).

Submissions & Selection Process

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please provide the following in English:

  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s)/presenter(s)
  • Proposed title of the paper
  • Proposed abstract of the paper (no more than 500 words)
  • Brief biographical information of all author(s)/presenter(s)
  • Contact information, including email, of all author(s)/presenter(s)

The deadline for proposals is 1 February 2016. Email proposals in .docx or .pdf format to Spencer Acadia, Program Chair,

All proposals will be reviewed by four members of the IFLA KM Satellite Conference Organizing Committee. Selection will be based on proposal content and fit to the conference theme. Proposal authors will be notified via email on March 15, 2016.

Authors should submit proposals only if they are able to attend the Satellite Conference. At least one author for each accepted paper MUST attend the Satellite Conference presentation. This requirement ensures that the author(s) of the papers and attendees of the Satellite Conference have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussion with colleagues about the presentations and other KM topics, leading to a more robust professional experience.

The deadline for final papers is 1 June 2016. Papers should be original work written in English, not published elsewhere, and should be no longer than 15 double-spaced pages using a standard 12-point font. Authors will be required to present their papers at the IFLA KM Satellite Conference. Presentations should last about 15-20 minutes and time will be allotted afterwards for questions and discussion. Presentations should be engaging, interactive, and designed to elicit thoughtful discussion from the audience. Use of PowerPoint or other visual program is encouraged for the benefit of the entire audience. The official language of the Satellite Conference is English.

In accordance with IFLA’s Open Access Statement, all papers presented at the Satellite Conference will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. Authors of accepted papers will need to sign IFLA’s author form upon notification. Papers and presentations will be made available through the IFLA website.

Important Dates

15 November 2015
Call for paper proposals begin

1 February 2016
Deadline for submission of paper proposals (No proposals can be accepted after this date!)

15 March 2016
Notification to authors by email

1 June 2016
Deadline for submission of final paper (No papers can be accepted after this date!)

15 July 2016
Deadline for Satellite Conference free registration (all presenters and participants are required to register)

12 August 2016
Satellite Conference in Cincinnati, OH, USA

13 August 2016
Main IFLA Conference begins in Columbus, OH, USA


For questions about the Call for Papers, please contact:

Spencer Acadia, Program Chair


Additional information about the IFLA Knowledge Management (KM) Section can be found online via the following:


All proposals must be received by 1 February 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.