Call for Papers
Science and Technology Libraries Section
Education and training for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) librarianship: an international perspective
Papers are invited to be presented at 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Singapore, in August 2013 on the theme: Education and Training for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) Librarianship: an International Perspective.
Libraries concentrating on major disciplines such as science, technology, engineering, medicine, mathematics and other subjects are gaining importance worldwide. It is more so, in developing countries where professional colleges, research and industrial institutes have been established in large number. In most academic and research libraries, it is a common practice to have designated subject librarians to provide information literacy and instruction services. Their liaison with the faculty provides opportunities to integrate libraries into the learning and research mission of their institutions.
The session will focus on the existing practices in library and information science (LIS) schools in providing subject specific education and training and the challenges associated with the recruitment of librarians with subject background in developed and developed countries.
Proposals must focus on one or more of the following topics:
- Rationale of subject knowledge for STEM Librarianship
- Key issues confronted in providing subject specific education and training in LIS schools in the country or region
- Challenges associated with the recruitment of librarians with subject background
- Post MLS opportunities for furthering subject-specific specialization in LIS schools in the country or the region
Proposal abstract (max 1000 words) must be submitted by January 25, 2013, on any one or more of the topics listed above, with the topic to be discussed clearly identified by number from list above. Submission is to include presenter's name, position, institution, and email address. Notification of acceptance of proposals will be completed by February 20, 2013.
January 25, 2013: Deadline for submitting abstracts
February 25, 2013: Deadline for notifications of acceptance
May 15, 2013: Deadline for submission of final papers
Deva E. Reddy, PhD
Chair, IFLA Science and Technology Libraries Section
Texas A&M University Libraries
College Station, TX 77843-5000
All proposals must be in before 25 January 2013.
All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.
Congress Attendance Grants
The Singapore National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.
Last update: 4 December 2012