Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Public Libraries Section


"21st Century Literacies in Public Libraries"


10-11 August 2016


The Free Library of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


IFLA Public Libraries Section invites you to submit a proposal for the IFLA Satellite Meeting to be hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 August 2016.

Conference theme and focus

For many years literacy has been core to the provision of public library services but as the world in which we live has changed, so has the concept of literacy. It has expanded from the traditionally understood definition as ‘the ability to read and write’ to encompass proficiency in a range of other fields. We now talk about civic, health, financial, digital, and information literacy (to name but a few).

What role does the public library have in developing and delivering these services? This is the question we will address through our exciting program which will comprise a combination of keynote speakers and targeted papers We are seeking innovative examples of wide-ranging literacy initiatives in public libraries with transferrable outcomes

Over the two days of the meeting delegates will have the opportunity to spend time with colleagues and to share and learn from others’ experiences. The expected audience is likely to include public library staff, cultural workers, students and scholars, other professionals working in the information industry and government representatives.


The conference organisers invite proposals that meet the conference theme and focus.
Preference will be given to presentations that will equip participants with ideas and skills that can be applied in their workplace.

The Section is also eager to receive proposals under these themes that relate to mobile libraries.

15 minutes will be allowed for a presentation in the Conference followed by 5 minute discussion/question time. The full written paper is not to be read.

Proposals should include

  • Title of the presentation
  • Abstract of no more than 400 words
  • Author(s) name, professional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address
  • A brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words

The conference will be conducted in English. All proposals, papers and presentations will be required to be in English.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be sent before 27 February 2016 via email to:

Corinne Hill
Conference Convenor

Submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee with successful proposals identified and announced by 6 March 2016. Successful applicants will have until 20 March 2016 to confirm acceptance of the offer.

The length of oral presentations will be discussed with the presenters, but is most likely 15 minutes with 5 mins question time. The Program Committee may contact you to refine your proposal.

The full paper is due on 30 June 2016.

The Program Committee may contact you to refine your proposal.

Key Dates

Date Action
27 February 2016 Closing date for call for papers. Brief abstract required
6 March 2016 Applicants will be informed as to whether their paper has been accepted
20 March 2016 Applicants to confirm their acceptance of the offer
30 June 2016 Full papers must be submitted to the planning team


All proposals must be received by 27 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.