Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Library Buildings and Equipment Section


"Collaborative Strategies for Successful Library Design and Innovative Use "

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10-11 August 2016


Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Designing modern libraries is a complex process involving many stakeholders and participants. Libraries of all types work with an almost limitless range of constituent groups for input, buy-in and successful implementation. Collaboration partners across the spectrum can include the
local community, our students, faculty and campus partners, architects and designers, donors,
governing bodies, local municipal, university, state and national decision makers and facilities
personnel. Successful libraries and library design reflect successful collaboration.

The IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment section (LBE) is hosting a two-day satellite conference
to be held at the Illinois Institute of Technology in vibrant Chicago. We are looking for proposals
that address any areas of collaboration leading to successful library design and innovative use.
Proposals can be individual or team presentations, research studies, case studies or panel

Topics of interest

Topics can be as varied as the potential range of collaborators. The papers can address but are
not limited to:

  • newlibrary design or renovations
  • rethinkingexisting spaces to support new initiatives with new partners or old partners in
  • newways
  • successfulor challenging collaborations with donors and other funding sources,
  • communityorganizations, or research, teaching and learning partners evolving in the
  • digitalage
  • innovativecollaborations with unusual partners and their outcomes
  • withthe result being outstanding library design and services to our user communities

We welcome and encourage proposals relating to libraries of all types, including public,
national, university and special from around the world.

Important Dates:

Deadline forproposal submission: 15 February 2016

Proposals for papers should be in English and include an abstract of no longer than 200 words
as well as brief biographical details of the author/s. The papers will undergo a peer review
process by the Evaluating Committee and ten to twelve papers will be selected for the two day

Submit to:

Diane Koen
Chair, IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section

Successful proposals will be announced by: 14 March 2016

The paper should be delivered in English as simultaneous translation will not be available. If a
paper is selected, authors must commit to presenting it in Chicago.

Presenters to forward complete text of papers by: 16 May 2016

All presenters and their papers will be listed in the conference program. Therefore, presenters
must forward the complete text of their papers by 16 May 2016 to allow time for review.
Papers should be no longer than 20 pages/3000 words.

Conference Registration

Registration fee: 100 Euro per person

28 March 2016
Start of online registration and receipt of payment
1 August  2016 Standard registration fee deadline
10 August 2016 Onsite registration (cash only)


All proposals must be received by 15 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.

The Library Buildings and Equipment website will be updated with the Satellite Pre Conference programme details and registration options in early 2016.

Congress Participation Grants

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

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