Call for Papers — Satellite Meetings
Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section
- 11 January 2019, 13:44
Theme: "Librarians and information professionals as (pro)motors of change: immersing, including and initiating digital transformation for smart societies"
20-21 August 2019
National and University Library in Zagreb, Hrvatske bratske zajednice 4, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
The Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) focuses on all aspects of professional development and learning in the workplace and brings together those library and information professionals who are interested in and responsible for developing the skills and expertise needed in a rapidly changing world. This Satellite Meeting represents a collaboration with the Croatian Library Association (Hrvatsko Knjižničarsko Društvo) to present a forum where ideas about the impact of the digital world on our current and future skillsets can be discussed and shared.
Digital technologies are transforming every aspect of modern life: they have a big influence on how people live, work, communicate and learn. Smart cities and smart societies are seen as paramount, to achieve a ‘better world shaped by use of data and technology’. Smart societies are based on the more intelligent and deep use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and digital data to improve the quality of people’s lives. Smart societies arise when digital technologies, thoughtfully deployed by government, public, cultural and heritage institutions, enhance the well-being of citizens and the effectiveness of their organisations.
Librarians and information professionals have the responsibility to be (pro)motors of digital change in their communities and to initiate digital transformation for smart societies. To participate in the creation of digital societies, information professionals need to be able to immerse themselves in the process of digital transformation, to include others in the journey and to initiate the transformational impetus required in their communities. By adopting a concerned and critical approach to this changing world, library and information professionals can demonstrate their commitment to the goal of ensuring “equal and free access to information and knowledge” (IFLA Global Vision 2018 highlights). However, their focus on fostering citizens’ informed access to, use and evaluation of information demands an effective, focused path for continuous professional development.
Under this umbrella of this topic, the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following subthemes:
- The importance of building information professionals’ competencies in the domains of digital inclusion, critical thinking, argumentative reasoning, data literacy, open education resources;
- Evidence of information professionals as (pro)motors of digital transformation in society, through embedded librarianship, co-creation, e-participation, e-democracy, social networks and digital collaboration;
- The value of exploring new ways of working and learning through work in libraries and heritage institutions: makerspaces, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart services, robotics, assistive technologies, chatbots, smart learning and BYOD strategies;
- The development of new sets of competencies in the fields of big data ethics, privacy in the age of big data, data-protection officers, research data and open data repositories;
- The imperative for collaborative learning to ensure heritage institutions are technology-enabled through data-empowered services, data analytics and data visualisation;
- Coaching and peer mentoring of information professionals in the areas relating to the sustainability of libraries and heritage institutions, raising awareness and empowering of communities.
Proposals are invited to develop a rich and interesting conference program.
Submissions for presentation may include:
- Regular papers (2000 to 4000 words)
- Short papers (discussing current work in progress: 1000 to 2000 words)
All proposals must be received by 25 February 2019.
All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work, and abstracts must be in ENGLISH but the full paper when accepted may be in any of IFLA’s official languages. Abstracts must include:
- Title of proposed presentation
- Abstract of the proposed paper (no more than 500 words)
- Name (s) of presenter(s) plus position/s and/or title(s)
- Language of presentation
- Employer/affiliated institution
- Contact information including eMail address, telephone number(s)
- Short biographical statement of presenter(s) (no more than 100 words)
Please submit abstracts by 25 February 2019 as an attachment in MS Word to:
Receipt of all submissions will be confirmed.
All submissions will be reviewed by the CPDWL/CLA program team and submitters will be notified by 18 March 2019.
Camera-ready papers must be submitted no later than 1 July 2019.
At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program of the Satellite Meeting.
Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.
All expenses for attending the satellite meeting (eg. travel, accommodation, etc.) are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.
Congress Participation Grants
List of opportunities for support is available on the Conference Participation Grants webpage.