Call for Papers — Open Sessions
National Information and Library Policy Special Interest Group
- 8 April 2019, 15:48
Theme: "National information and library policies in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals"
The open session of the IFLA Special Interest Group on National Information and Library Policy (NILP SIG) will contribute to this year’s WLIC theme of “Libraries: Dialogue for Change”, by discussing “National information and library policies in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals”.
The session will be in the form of short papers, followed by a moderated panel discussion, and Q & A discussion with the audience.
Four panelists will each make a presentation on the ways in which information policy and library policy and planning in their country could support – or actively do support – their country’s ongoing progress toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Questions which each panelist may address could include:
- How have these national policies been developed, or how are they being developed at present?
- Are their national policies in these areas formal or informal? Is the emphasis top-down or bottom up?
- What is the relation between overall national and sector policies? How effective are the linkages?
- How well informed is the national community about the UN’s programme of SDGs?
- Does the country in question aim to include wider regional interests in its planning for information and library services? And if so, how does it consult within its region?
- What has been the country’s experience in translating library and information policies into practice? What obstacles have been encountered, and what solutions tried?
- How does the country in question evaluate policies and their implementation? What lessons have been learned and changes made?
- Other issues which panelists may suggest…
The panelists will be free to discuss information and library policy broadly, or by focusing on a particular sector, whether social, economic, cultural, etc. They are requested to focus mainly on national cases.
Abstracts should be indicative (200-300 words), with the short papers being not more than 3000 words. In evaluating the submitted abstracts, the committee will be looking for content that is: topical, innovative, instructive, clearly expressed, able to contribute to the body of knowledge which informs IFLA’s international advocacy, and of high overall quality.
The session will be interactive: each panelist will have 10 minutes to make a PowerPoint presentation based on the full paper. Then a moderated discussion among the panelists will be a basis for a wider discussion with the audience.
Important dates and other details:
26 April 2019: The deadline for submitting an abstract and full author details. Selection of papers will be based on the abstract.
3 May 2019: Successful applicants will be notified.
15 June 2019: Full texts of papers are due on.
Papers must be original submissions not presented or published elsewhere – (IFLA rule).
Papers should not be more than 3,000 words, single spaced in Times New Roman 12 point.
Papers and abstracts should be in English (there will not be interpretation at the NILP session).
The author(s) should include their full contact details and attach a brief biographical note.
Any questions about submissions should be emailed to the Convenor of NILP SIG:
Mr W. Roberts
All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2019 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.
All expenses for attendance at the congress, including registration fees, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters: no financial support can be provided by IFLA. A special invitation letter can be issued to authors on request.