Call for Papers
Knowledge Management Section
Potential of Knowledge Management in Public Libraries
The IFLA Knowledge Management Section (KM) provides an international platform for professional communication and understanding of the significance of KM for libraries. It gives a voice to KM on a global scale and follows the developments in KM, promoting its practical implementation within the global library community.
The 2012 WLIC Conference
The annual IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) provides an opportunity to present innovative models, case studies and research. Delegates and speakers from all parts of the world come together to discuss new developments and successful practice in libraries. The conference motto for the 2012 Conference in Helsinki, Finland is: "Libraries Now! - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering"
The IFLA Knowledge Management Section invites librarians and knowledge managers to submit proposals for papers in a 2-hour session at WLIC Helsinki, 11-17 August 2012.
The KM Conference Programme
"Potential of Knowledge Management in Public Libraries" is the KM Section's theme for its 2012 Open Programme during the conference. We are looking for speakers who can highlight use of KM, from a global and theoretical perspective but also with a practical aspect. The focus should be on using KM in the public library setting, including reports from agencies whose tools support these KM initiatives.
We invite presentations that showcase:
- Knowledge creation and knowledge sharing in public libraries particularly across boundaries of language, culture and technology
- Innovative use of technology to support knowledge sharing, joint research and learning (workplace learning, e-learning)
- Case studies in application of Knowledge Management tools that support the success of the library
Please send an abstract of approximately 500 words, in English, no later than January 31, 2012 to:
Agnes Hajdu Barat, Programme Chair
Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. The abstracts will be reviewed by Programme Committee members of the Knowledge Management Section.
Please also attach a summary of the proposed paper, curriculum vitae of the author(s), contact details, professional affiliation(s), and a brief statement on their career(s). Also, a digital photograph(s) would be useful.
Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere. Please attach a declaration about originality of the proposed paper and verify that it has not been published anywhere.
Successful applicants will be notified by the end of February, 2012.
The selected presenters for the program at the Helsinki conference will be asked to submit a formal paper (for inclusion on the IFLA conference website) no later than May 1, 2012. Papers can be submitted in one of the official IFLA working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish. Papers should be submitted with a one-page abstract in English. Papers should not be longer than 20 pages. Papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere. Selected papers may be nominated by the Section for inclusion in an IFLA publication.
January 31, 2012: Deadline for submitting abstracts
End of February, 2012: Deadline for notifications of acceptance
May 1, 2012: Deadline for submission of full papers
Presentation at the Conference
A maximum of 20 minutes will be allowed for the presentation of each paper during the Section's session in Helsinki. Please note, although every effort will be made to provide simultaneous interpretation into other IFLA languages, interpretation may not be available. Therefore presenters are encouraged to use a PowerPoint in English to facilitate understanding of the ideas presented. The PowerPoint for the presentation should be submitted to the Program Chair by 1 July, 2012.
At least one of the authors of the paper must present the paper. Please send a promissory note with your signature verifying intent to attend the IFLA Conference in Helsinki to the Program Chair.
Unfortunately, the Programme Committee has no funds to assist prospective authors: abstracts should only be submitted on the understanding that the expenses of attending the IFLA conference (including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
All proposals must be in before 31 January 2012.
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 Finnish National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.
Last update: 13 January 2012