Call for Papers: Open Sessions

New Professionals Special Interest Group


"Failing successfully in a librarian's career: is a setback an opportunity to grow, or just an unwelcome incident on the road to success?"

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The IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) invites you to submit a proposal for its open session to be held in Columbus, Ohio, USA, in August 2016.

Theme: Failing successfully in a librarian’s career: is a setback an opportunity to grow, or just an unwelcome incident on the road to success?

Management of failure is a critical topic when referring to innovation and creativity. If failure will be a natural occurrence in every creative and innovative librarian’s professional life, management of failure should be discussed in the library world.

The NPSIG open session will provide an opportunity to share experiences between librarians of different generations (very new professionals, as well as most experienced librarians), and to learn about failure and failure management.

Papers presenting psychological aspects or real library initiatives in the failure management field are preferred. Papers should reflect the 2016 IFLA Columbus conference theme “Connections. Collaboration. Community.”

Online comments received before and during the session will enrich the discussion on-site.

Submission Guidelines

Full abstracts (in any of the IFLA official languages) of up to 500 words should be submitted for review by members of the Section.

The abstracts (and finished presentation) will be original, previously unpublished work.

Please submit abstracts as an attached .odt, .doc or .docx file to:

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract, including title and full author details (name, professional affiliation, postal address, email address) is 28 February 2016.

Presenters will be notified whether their abstract is accepted by 1 April 2016. Completed papers must be submitted no later than 1 June 2016.

Important deadlines

28 February 2016: Submission of abstract
1 April 2016: Notification to authors
1 June 2016: Submission of full text

On the day of the open session, your presentation will be a 10-minute live demo and a participation to the discussion.

We eagerly look forward to your contributions!


All proposals must be received by 28 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 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

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