Call for Papers – IFLA Satellite Meeting “International Research in LIS: Challenges and Opportunities”

We are pleased to announce the IFLA Library Theory and Research with Social Science Libraries and IFLA Journal satellite meeting to be held in Dublin, Ireland, 13-14 August 2020. Please see IFLA Satellite Meetings ( for details.

Submission of abstracts is 7 March 2020.

We envisage a workshop-style meeting with a practical focus, aimed at improving the quality of international and comparative LIS research. The emphasis will be on how to do good research, particularly the nuts and bolts of researching internationally. Any social science/information science research methods can be applied in international and comparative librarianship, but we aim to raise awareness of the potential impact of national, linguistic and cultural differences.

The target audience for the meeting will include post-graduate students, post-doc and other researchers, faculty supervising graduate research, editors of LIS journals, and other interested LIS professionals.

We anticipate that contributions will cover topics such as:

  • Theory and research paradigms in international and internationally comparative research
  • Insights from other international/comparative disciplines  (e.g. Comparative Education or Global Studies Education; Transnational sociology; Political science; Transnational Business Studies; Organizational Anthropology; Media/Communication Studies)
  • Methodology for international and internationally comparative research: including choices between quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches
  • Comparative method: aspects peculiar to comparative research design and research strategy.
  • Ethics in international research
  • International research collaboration
  • Open research data

The language of the event will be English. Simultaneous interpretation will not be available, but contributions in other IFLA languages may be considered if relevant arrangements can be made in consultation with the Organizing Committee.

Direct enquiries to:
Dr Krystyna Matusiak