Monday, January 21, 2013

cfp extended: Re-defining and refining Information Literacy and Reference Services in the digital age

The call for papers has been extended to 15 February 2013, and the scope also extended, for the Information Literacy Section and  Reference and Information Services Section's conference Re-defining and refining Information Literacy and Reference Services in the digital age to be held August 15-16, 2013, in Singapore, immediately before this year's IFLA conference. There are now some broader information literacy themes. Themes are:
Connections / interconnections between information literacy and reference services such as (but not limited to): Role (integration) of information literacy in reference work; Media literacy, Civic literacy,Transliteracy, Metaliteracy, E-literacy, Digital literacy, Computer literacy, Scientific literacy, Visual literacy or Digital empowerment and reference work

Providing better reference services and improving librarians' information literacy competency e.g.
- Redirecting resources from reference services to user instruction, research assistance and outreach
- Deploying paraprofessionals in informational and instructional services
- Professional competencies of reference and information literacy librarians
- Training of information literacy and reference librarians

Planning strategies for information literacy AND/OR reference services
- Branding, promotion and marketing
- Partnership and collaboration
- Collaborative relationships and strategic integration
- Complementary roles of librarians, teachers and parents

Papers addressing any topic related to information literacy AND/OR reference services from more than one perspective are also welcomed. The scope of the conference includes (see website for all the examples)
- Impacts of technological developments on reference service, information literacy and outreach (e.g. web 2.0 ; web 3.0 ; mobile technologies ; trends, emerging technologies and innovation; growth of digital resources; gaming and application software (apps); digital reference tools; tiered reference services)
- Strategies in e-learning to promote self-directed and sustainable learning in the area of information literacy skills
- Developing effective and innovative information literacy instruction
- Developing information literacy skills for the next generation: the complementary roles of librarians, teachers and parents
- Branding and promotion of information literacy in schools, organizations and communities
- Evaluation of reference services
- Issue of future reference services (e.g. commercial reference services, staff training, work fatigue and stress)
- Artificial intelligence for reference services (e.g. siri)

Paper Submission They accept research reports, smaller scale interactive roundtable discussions, train-the-trainer workshops, pecha kucha and poster sessions.
Proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2013 using the proposal submission form. All proposals must be in before 15 February 2013.
See the Conference website for additional details at:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Dancing snowman, Sheffield, January 2013

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