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Taking Charge of your LIS career

Conference call for papers from Library Hi Tech News

Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section


Theme: Taking charge of your LIS career: Personal strategies, institutional programs, strong libraries

The IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) invites proposals for papers, research reports, workshops, personal stories, and poster sessions. Some proposals will be considered for publication in the online proceedings in the IFLA institutional repository. First-time presenters and new professionals are encouraged to apply. Students in the final year of studies are also invited to participate.
The satellite conference will be held immediately prior to the World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.
Date: 12-14 August 2015
Venue: Milnerton Public Library, Cape Town, South Africa
Organizer: Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning

Conference Theme and Focus

The conference organizing committee wishes to showcase examples of best practices for forging a vibrant library work force. We are interested in exploring how individual librarians have successfully managed their careers by embracing change, professional development, and training or by providing the professional development opportunities for others. We want to examine how enhanced library skills contribute to stronger libraries.
We are interested in these issues as they cut across a variety of organizational structures, library types, different cultures and geographical regions. We encourage a diversity of voices.

The organizers are particularly interested in proposals for presentations on any of the following, or related themes:
Personal Strategies
Developing institutional programs that are responsive to demographic changes
Strong Libraries

Presentation Formats:
The organizing committee would like applicants to indicate the presentation format in their proposal:
1. Papers – Presentation on Satellite themes. Please indicate if you would like your proposal to be considered for peer-review and inclusion in the online conference proceedings.
2. Research Reports – A more formal report that highlights trends, findings, and research in the field of professional development and workplace learning. Please indicate if you would like your proposal to be considered for peer-review and inclusion in the online conference proceedings.
3. Interactive Roundtable Discussions – A short presentation followed by discussion with a small group of participants. The presentation may be repeated several times during a time slot.
4. Workshop – A limited number of two-hour workshop will be accepted.
5. Personal stories – Participants will have the opportunity, in a facilitated session, to tell a story about an event or person in their career that had an impact. Personal stories will be limited to 10 minutes.
Poster Sessions – IFLA Trend Report
The organizing committee is also accepting poster proposals. Poster proposals have a slightly different theme. We ask that they be tied to the IFLA Trend Report. The proposals should address what professional development and training programs libraries might offer to implement the trends in their institution. The proposal could also document how librarians are currently implementing ideas from the Trend Report in their libraries.

Submission of Proposals for Conference Presentations

Proposals should be sent, in electronic format, no later than January 2 2015, to Ewa Stenberg at [email protected]; please use "Proposal" in the subject line.
Deadlines/Timelines for Published Papers:
• Proposals for papers must be submitted by January 2 2015.
• Notification of acceptance will be early February.
• Full paper must be submitted for review by March 15 2015
• Final acceptance of papers (following peer review) will be May 1 2015.
Deadline/Timelines for Non-Published Papers/Presentations/Posters:
• Proposals must be submitted by January 2 2015
• Successful proposals will be notified of acceptance in early February.
• Final presentations/papers/posters must be submitted for review by 1 July 2015.

Review and Selection of Presentations:
Proposals for papers for presentation and publication will be assessed by the Conference program committee and will be subject to a peer review process. The program committee will decide which proposers should be invited to develop and submit full presentations and/or papers. Confirmation of invitations to present at the conference will be subject to the receipt and approval, following second round peer review, of the full paper (if for publication in the Conference Proceedings) or presentation outline/poster as applicable.
Revisions may be required before final confirmation and acceptance.
The Program Convener will be happy to respond to questions or comments about this conference. Please direct questions to Ewa Stenberg [email protected]
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