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Learning across boundaries – a call for papers

Planning by the two sections in Lyon

Planning by the two sections in Lyon

IFLA’s Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and Public Libraries Sections invite you to consider submitting a proposal for the joint session being planned for the 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly  to be held in Cape Town South Africa 15-21 August 2015. (Program dependent on acceptance of Joint Session proposal by IFLA)

Theme:   Learning across boundaries: a workshop
Date: 15-21 August 2015
Venue:  Cape Town South Africa
Web site: http://conference.ifla.org/ifla81

Session theme and focus
The session will be developed as an Idea Café (Workshop?). Although the planning team is interested in a broad range of concepts, preference will be given to papers that reflect one or more of the following themes:
1. Diversity and Inclusion:  Creating an effective learning and working environment for people from other cultures and people at risk with a focus on customers’ colleagues.
2. Cross Border Collaboration or Exchange:  Facilitating global partnerships to support projects and or ongoing work
3. Cross Sector Collaboration:  Facilitating strong relationships with different types of libraries
4. Engaging staff :  Creating rich learning and development opportunities for the wide spectrum of staff employed in 21st century libraries – both professional and non-professional.
5. New Roles:  Preparing the next generation of staff and managers for new skills and competencies
One spot is available for an emerging author who requires mentorship.

Submission Guidelines:
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

Proposals should be sent before 22 November 2014 via email to:  ifla@orange.nsw.gov.au

Submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee with successful proposals identified and announced by 22 January 2015. Successful applicants will have until 22 February 2015 to confirm acceptance of the offer.

To provide for dynamic content, full text papers in draft form should be submitted in a Word file by 22 May 2015. Papers should be 3-20 pages long and must include an abstract and an appendix with practical recommendations derived from the paper. Final versions of the paper, incorporating new insights gained during the presentation, must be submitted for publication shortly after the conference. These will be published on IFLA Library.  An abbreviated version of the paper will be published on the CPDWL and Public Libraries section websites.

The length of oral presentations will be 10minutes. Presenters should be prepared to pose discussion questions to engage the audience in their work as part of the Idea Cafe. The full written paper is not to be read.

Language for abstracts:  English.
Language for presentations: English

The planning team reserves the right to ask applicants to make small adjustments to the shape of their papers to support the needs of the program.
Key Dates:


Date Action
22 November 2014 Closing date for call for papers. Brief abstract required
22 January 1915 Applicants will be informed as to whether their paper has been accepted
22 February , 2015 Applicants to confirm their acceptance of the offer
22 May 2015 Full papers must be submitted to the planning team


All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters.