Category Archives: LTR Standing Committee

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

Call for LIS educator participation in research methods teaching survey

IFLA Library Theory and Research (LTR) Section in collaboration with the Education and Training Section is conducting an international study, Teaching Research Methods in Library and Information Science (LIS) programs. The focus of the study is on professional preparation programs – Bachelor’s or Master’s level programs that offer the degree or credentials required to work as a librarian or information professional. The goals of the study are to examine what approaches to teaching research methods are currently being applied in LIS programs worldwide and to compare international educational models for preparing library practitioners to conduct research and evaluation studies.

We invite LIS educators to participate in this research and share their experiences in teaching research methods courses. Have you taught a research methods course for a LIS program in the past 3 years? If you have experience teaching research methods courses in the last 3 years and agree to participate, you will be asked to read and complete a questionnaire that will take 10 minutes and participate in a brief interview conducted using Zoom or Skype, that will take approximately 20-30 minutes. Your participation is completely voluntary. The link to the questionnaire is:

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Krystyna Matusiak, IFLA LTR Chair [email protected].

LTR Satellite Meeting Postponed

The IFLA Library Theory and Research with Social Science Libraries and IFLA Journal satellite meeting that was planned to be held in Dublin, Ireland, in August, has been postponed due to the cancellation of the IFLA WLIC for 2020.

We look forward to further communications regarding a satellite meeting to coincide with the IFLA WLIC in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2021.

IBI and IFLA Congress: Librarianship, Information Studies and New Media International Perspectives

IBI and IFLA Library Theory and Research, Latin America and the Caribbean and News Media Sections present the Congreso International Bibliotecología, Estudios de la Información, Medio de Comunicación. Perspectivas Internationales. 3-6 Marzo/March 2020 at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Ciudad de Mexico/Mexico City.

Reduciendo la Brecha entre Invesigacion y Practica en Bibliotecología / Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in Library Science and Acopio y Preservación de Documentos de Origen Digital de Medio de Comunicación / Capture and Presearvation of Born Digital News Media.

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
Email: [email protected].

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