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LTR Webinar on International Research in LIS

Title: International Research in LIS

Date: Wednesday, May 26 at 17:00 – 18:30 Central European Time CET/UTC+1

Cost: Free

This webinar will explore international and comparative research in Library and Information Science (LIS). Peter Lor, former IFLA Secretary General and the author of International and Comparative Librarianship will give an introductory talk to examine what is meant by international and comparative research in LIS, what can be learned from such research, and outline what special pitfalls and challenges are to be considered. The introduction will be followed by a panel of LIS journal editors discussing and evaluating the international and comparative LIS research submitted to their journals. The webinar will also include two presentations of international research by Anna Maria Tammaro and Amy van Scoy.


  • Peter Lor (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Anna Maria Tammaro (University of Parma, Italy)
  • Amy van Scoy (University at Buffalo, USA)


  • Kendra Albright and Theo Bothma (Libri)
  • Juan Daniel Machin Mastromatteo (Information Development)
  • Steve Witt (IFLA Journal)


  • Krystyna Matusiak (University of Denver, USA)
  • Egbert Sanchez (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
  • Stefan Schmunk (University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany)

Organized by the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section

Satellite Conference “Transforming LIS education for professionals in a global world”

Draft programme and keynotes: 

IFLA Global vision has highlighted an active role of libraries participating in the UN’s 2030 Agenda to contribute to the achievement of strategic goals for sustainable development. In an increasingly global world, using the opportunities of technology, professionals find themselves extending the traditional role with a new professional ethic. The Satellite Conference starting from the scenario described by the White Paper published by the BSLISE Group (Building Strong LIS education) will stimulate the discussion in one day and half of interactive conversations (30-31 August) led by the Sessions Chairs: Javarani Raju (IFLA SET – Co-Chair BSLISE), Kevin Rioux (ASIS&T SIG ED), Anna Maria Tammaro and Krystyna Matusiak (IFLA LTR), with two keynotes: David Lankes and Lynn Silipigni Connaway. The conclusions will be done by Theo Bothma (Chair IFLA LTR)-

David Lankes

David Lankes is a professor and the director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. Lankes has always been interested in combining theory and practice to create active research projects that make a difference. His work has been funded by organizations such as The MacArthur Foundation, The Institute for Library and Museum Services, NASA, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. Department of Defense, The National Science Foundation, The U.S. State Department, and The American Library Association.

Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society earning him the American Library Association’s Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship in 2016. He also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, The Harvard School of Education, and was the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His book,The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.

Lynn Silipigni Connaway

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., is Director of Library Trends and User Research and leads the User Studies research at OCLC Research. She is the Past President of the Association of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) and was the Chair of the American Library Association (ALA) Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Value of Academic Libraries Committee. Lynn held the Chair of Excellence position at the Departmento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield and a Visiting Scholar at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark. She has received research funding from the IMLS in the US and Jisc and the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. Lynn was the project lead on the ALA ACRL “Action-Oriented Research Agenda on Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success.” Dr. Connaway is the co-author of the 4th and 5th editions of Basic Research Methods for Librarians and of the 6th edition, titled Research Methods in Library and Information Science. Prior to joining OCLC Research, she was the Vice-President of Research and Library Systems at NetLibrary, the director of the Library and Information Services Department at the University of Denver, and on the faculty of the Library and Informational Science program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. To find out more about Dr. Connaway, visit

LTR at the IFLA WLIC 2019 in Athens

LTR will have several meetings and sessions during the IFLA WLIC 2019 in Athens.

Standing Committee meetings for LTR are as follows:

Saturday 24 August
Business Meetings 13:30 – 15:30 HAEF 126

Session 025, SC I – Library Theory and Research

Monday 26 August
Business Meetings 10:45 – 13:15 Business Meeting Room 4
Session 110, SC II – Library Theory and Research


Open sessions LTR are involved in:

Tuesday 27 August
Congress Programme 16:00 – 18:00 MC 3
Session 193, International Framework for the Assessment of Quality Standards in LIS Education: the Role of Associations, Higher Education and the Professional Community – Library Theory and Research and Education and Training

Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Congress Programme 08:30 – 10:30 Mitropoulos
Session 207, Information Literacy in Context: Research Informing Practice informing Research – Information Literacy with Library Theory and Research

• Information Literacy Efforts Addressed to Schools in Greece
Hara Brindesi, Eugenides Foundation Library, Athens, Greece
Alexandra Papazoglou, Libraries of Athens College – Hellenic American Educational Foundation, Greece

• Approaching Information Literacy Through an Understanding of Students’ Information Behavior
Kaur Kiran, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hani Syazillah, Department of Education, Kuantan, Malaysia

• Game-Based Learning: a Cognitive Pedagogical Approach for Improving Students’ Information Literacy
Marina Encheva, University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria
Anna Maria Tammaro, University of Parma, Italy
Mats Brenner, University of Gävle, Sweden

• Integrating Action Learning into Information Literacy Instruction in a Cross-Disciplinary Blended Learning Environment
Naicheng Chang, Tatung University, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
Hsuan-Yu Sheila Hsu, Wenzhou University, China

• Authority, Context and Containers: Student Perceptions and Judgments When Using Google for School Work
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Research, Dublin, OH, United States
Joyce Kasman Valenza, Rutgers University, Rydal, PA, United States
Christopher Cyr, OCLC Research, Dublin, OH, United States
Tara Tobin Cataldo, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, United States
Amy Buhler, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, United States

• Integrating Information Literacies with Indigenous Paradigm
Rukuwai Jury, University of Auckland, New Zealand


Library History SIG programme

Thursday, 29 August 2019
Congress Programme, 13:45 – 15:45, Trianti

Session 271 Local History Collections, Genealogy and Oral History as Critical Information Services in Libraries – Local History and Genealogy with Asia & Oceania Section and Library History (SI)

  • Safeguarding the local history and tracing the genealogical history of Balifrom generation to generation – Ari Kurnia (Airlangga University, Java, Indonesia)
  • Inheritance and Innovation: Local History Collections in the Academy Library Shunqing Wang (Fudan University Library, Shanghai, China)
  • Archival research project. The unknown story of the Athens Municipal Library as part of the city’s history Georgia Antonopoulou (Athens, Athens, Greece)Vasiliki Sfika (Athens, Athens, Greece)
  • Oral Histories in Africa: Preserving Critical Knowledge Cherie Bush (FamilySearch International, United States, United States) Russell Lynch (FamilySearch International, United States, United States)
  • The Manila American Library exhibit at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition Brendan Luyt (Nanyang Technological University, Jurong West, Singapore) Karryl Kim Sagun (Nanyang Technological University, Jurong West, Singapore.

Post-conference satellite meeting 

Transforming LIS education for professionals in a global information world: digital inclusion, social inclusion and lifelong learning

Rome, 30-31 August

Library Theory and Research Section together with the Education and Training Section and Information Technology Section, in collaboration with the Vatican School of Library Science and ASIS&T SIG Education

For details, please see

LTR call for papers:open session WLCI 2016

The IFLA Library Theory and Research Section (LTR) is pleased to invite submissions for its forthcoming open session in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Theme: Participatory Projects in Libraries: connecting collaborative communities

Aim and Scope of the Session

The theme “Participatory Projects in Libraries: connecting collaborative communities” reflects the global theme of the IFLA 2016 Congress, “Connections. Collaboration. Community.”
How are libraries reconnecting with the public and demonstrating their value and relevance in contemporary life?
How are libraries inviting their communities to actively engage as cultural participants, not passive consumers?
The LTR Section would be most interested in hearing from libraries around the world about the research methodology used to investigate on these issues.
See the detailed or full call for papers on  this link:

[LTR Events] Newsletter July 2015 // Lettre d’information Juillet 2015

Dear colleagues,

the last issue of our newsletter is now available in English and in French. Spanish version will come soon.

Please contact us for any questions.



Chers et chères collègues,

le dernier numéro de notre lettre d’information est maintenant disponible en anglais et en français. La version en espagnol sera accessible prochainement.

N’hésitez pas à nous contacter pour toute question,

bien cordialement,

[LTR Events]

In 2015, the LTR Section participated in the selection process for the De Gruyter / IFLA Research Paper Award by proposing its theme and appointing a jury to select a winning paper. Thanks to all candidates and congratulations to Ana Parvan for winning the Award!

Ana’s winning paper, The role of data curator in the CERN Particle Physics Data-Sharing Community, will be published in the September issue of LIBRI, a leading international scholarly journal published by De Gruyter. The author also receives prize money of EUR 1.000, donated by De Gruyter Saur. The award will be formally announced in Cape Town on 18 August during the IFLA Awards Presentation (Session 132).

Ahead of next month’s publication of the winning paper, we would like to share the papers of the top runners-up. They are all worthy of your attention as well!

Have a nice and fun congress at Cape Town