6th January 2020

Call for papers – LIS Education in Developing Countries joint with Information Literacy

Theme: “Information Literacy in LIS programs in the Developing Countries”

The IFLA LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group and the Information Literacy Section invite interested professionals to submit proposals for the open session to be held in Dublin, Ireland, 15-22 August 2020,

There is an increasing awareness about the prospective and important role of LIS education in the dissemination of information literacy through the changing trends and societies. Implementing powerful learning strategies in librarianship, academic, and practical sectors through which awareness about the importance of information in todays’ life, business and education should be a vital role of LIS education in developing countries.  This call to action urges LIS educators to work on their program plans and curriculums.

This session’s goal is to provide a clear view of the presence of information literacy components in LIS programs worldwide with a special focus on developing countries.

IFLA are particularly interested in proposals which explore these issues:

  • The impact of new information technologies on library education
  • The experiences of LIS educators in introducing information literacy course within their curriculums.
  • Implementation of IL through e-learning for librarians and library users
  • LIS departments’ role in IL awareness in their institutions.

Language of the session:

The language of the session is English. However, presenters may also give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages. Simultaneous translation is not guaranteed; therefore, presenters are encouraged to provide the PowerPoint in English to facilitate understanding of the ideas presented.

Important dates

28 February 2020: All proposals must be in.

30 March 2020: Successful candidates will be notified.

31 May 2020: Full paper must be submitted.


Details on the format and length of the final paper will be emailed to those candidates whose abstracts are accepted.

Proposals should include

1. Title of proposed presentation

2. An extended structured abstract of the proposed paper of 1,000 words maximum; for information about structured abstracts, see  http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/authors/guides/write/abstracts.htm

3. Name(s) of presenter(s)

4. Position or title of presenter(s)

5. Employer or affiliated institution of presenter(s)

6. Email address

7. Telephone/fax numbers

8. Short biographical statement(s) regarding the presenter(s)

Please email your proposals to:

Mr. Waleed (Session coordinator)
Email: w72161643@hotmail.com

and copy to:

Saif AlJabri
Email: saljabri01@gmail.com

Min Chou
Email: minchou.njcu@gmail.com

All proposals must be received by 28 February 2020.

Please note:

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Dublin. 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.

The paper must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2020 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 author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & Awards webpage.

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