Call for Papers: Open Sessions

LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group


"Connections and collaboration among LIS schools from developing countries"


Discuss challenges and opportunities for global collaboration in LIS education

Look for opportunities of collaboration in teaching, research and continuing professional development among LIS schools from developing countries

Encourage exchange of ideas and experience about collaboration among LIS educators from developing countries


The LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group invites you to submit an abstract in ENGLISH of no more than 500 words in electronic format related to collaboration in LIS education among developing countries, which would cover, but not limited to any of the following topics:

  • Faculty – teaching – research
  • Continuing professional programs
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Formal and semi-formal networking
  • Collaborative and international programs
  • Online and e-learning education
  • Sharing of educational resources
  • Standards and accreditation

The proposal must include

  • Name(s) of presenter(s)
  • Institution affiliation
  • Institution address
  • e-mail address
  • Title of the proposed paper
  • Brief biographical statement of author(s) maximum 100 words

Papers should be in any of the IFLA official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish. However an English translation will be welcome. Simultaneous translation would be offered during the SIG session.


Please submit your proposals by 15 February 2016 to:

Felipe Martínez Arellano
Convener, LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (SIG)

Important Dates:

15 February 2016               Submission of proposal

15 March 2016                    Notification to author(s) about acceptance/rejection

31 May 2016                        Submission of full final papers

30 June 2016                      English version of the final paper, if it is in another IFLA language

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.

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