Monday, November 30, 2009

Don't Wait to be Asked: towards next generation reference services and information literacy

There is a call for papers for the two hour session at the IFLA (World Library and Information) Conference which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, next August. This session is organised by the IFLA Reference and Information Services Section and the Information Literacy Section. Subjects of interest include: How do we transform and integrate reference and information literacy into new models of instruction and service? How can we identify and understand the future needs of our users? How will the relationship and collaboration between librarians and users change? What information skills will be needed in 2010 and beyond in all sectors of society? How do we transform our users' computer savvy into the ability to use and evaluate information efficiently, effectively, and ethically? What is the role of the library website? How can we move from passive pages to interactive learning tools and valued information assets? How can we deliver innovative and effective information literacy support, guidance and programmes to the right people at the right time? How will we define and develop the reference and instruction librarians of tomorrow?
Proposals should include: abstract of paper (max. 500 words); author details (name, institution, position) and brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 22, 2010 and they should be sent via email to Amanda Duffy ( with "IFLA proposal" in the subject line.

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