[Irtalk] Fwd: [IFLA-L] REMINDER! IFLA WLIC Call for Papers: Quality Assurance in LIS Education (IFLA SET/LTR/LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG)

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From: Gillian Hallam <g.hallam at qut.edu.au>
Date: 5 January 2015 at 06:27
Subject: [IFLA-L] REMINDER! IFLA WLIC Call for Papers: Quality Assurance in
LIS Education (IFLA SET/LTR/LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG)
To: "ifla-l at infoserv.inist.fr" <ifla-l at infoserv.inist.fr>

Please distribute through your professional networks!

 *World Library and Information Congress:*
*80**th** IFLA General Conference and Assembly*

 *17-23 August 2015, Cape Town, South Africa*

*Section for Education and Training (SET)*
* Section for Library Theory and Research (LTR)*

*LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG *
*Call for Papers*

 *Education and Training Section** jointly with Library Theory and Research
Section and LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group *

* Theme: *

*Quality assurance of Library and information science (LIS) programs*

The topics of quality assurance in library and information science (LIS)
education and the challenges relating to the equivalency and reciprocity of
qualifications for LIS professionals have long been subjects of interest to
the IFLA community (Tammaro, 2006; Tammaro & Weech, 2008).  It is widely
acknowledged that approaches to quality assurance of academic programs vary
considerably across the world and involve many different stakeholders, for
example external bodies such as government agencies and professional
associations, and internal representatives of the education institutions.
In this fast changing world, it is timely to develop a clearer
understanding of current practice in LIS education.

The focus of an academic LIS program is critical not only for members of
the profession itself but also for the public in general as it effectively
defines the arena of professional practice in libraries as enterprises and
institutions. These days the boundaries of the profession are also moving:
LIS knowledge and expertise extends beyond libraries to be applied in a
broad range of contexts within the business and government sectors.  At the
same time, the evolving digital information environment is stimulating the
creation of exciting new roles which require contemporary professional

These fresh horizons are particularly important given the decline in
traditional library positions, especially those in the public and
quasi-public sectors. In order to survive, it is argued that LIS education
and research must pay greater attention to the broader aspects of quality
assurance and excellence. Changes and developments can be best observed
from the comparative perspectives which will allow us to trace quality
assurance processes across different educational environments and to share
our understandings about the issues and challenges we face as educators,
researchers and practitioners.

At the WLIC in Cape Town, South Africa, the IFLA Education and Training
Section <http://www.ifla.org/set> (SET), Library Theory and Research Section
<http://www.ifla.org/library-theory-and-research> (LTR) and the LIS
Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group
<http://www.ifla.org/lis-education-developing-countries> are coordinating a
joint session to explore the topic in greater depth. The three hour forum
will focus specifically on the accreditation (which encompasses terms such
as ‘certification’, ‘approval’, ‘recognition’ and ‘sanctioning’) of
education programs for future library and information professionals.  It
should be noted that the broader landscape of certification of continuing
professional development programs will not be considered in this session.

The session aims to bring together practitioners, researchers and educators
from the field to examine the key issues relating to the quality assurance
in LIS programs and to compare and discuss many of the international

*For this very significant session, we invite papers which address issues
such as the following:*

1.       Accreditation by professional bodies, e.g. ALA, CILIP, ALIA

2.       The European experience, e.g. the Bologna process, ECTS,
accredited studies, agreements between institutions, comparative processes

3.       The role of quality assurance in the internationalisation of LIS

4.       Quality assurance issues in developing countries

5.       The impact of the iSchools’ curriculum-focused research activities
on quality assurance

6.       The recognition of new areas of skills and knowledge relevant to
LIS practice, beyond the traditional core professional knowledge

7.       The involvement of representatives of industry as key stakeholders
in the quality assurance process.

*To submit a proposal*

*Proposals are invited for:*

·         Individual paper presentations

·         Comparative international contributions (e.g. with two or three

*The proposal should include:*

·         An extended structured abstract of the proposed paper, approx.
1,000 words
[For information about structured abstracts, see

·         A summary of the author(s) details (name, institution, position)
and a brief biographical statement of approx. 50 words for each author

·         Contact details (email address) for the lead author.

Subject to scholarly peer review, a selection of the best papers will be
also published in one of the Emerald journals.

*Proposals should be submitted by email to:*

Gillian Hallam
Email: g.hallam at qut.edu.au

No later than *18 January 2015*
Please indicate ‘*IFLA proposal*’ in the subject line.

Selected presenters will be notified by *28 February 2015*.

*Full papers*

To meet IFLA WLIC deadlines, the final version of the full papers accepted
for the session must be submitted by *14 May 2015*.  As the language of the
session will be English, papers should be in English or in one of the
official IFLA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian
or Spanish) with an English translation attached.

Each presenter will have 20 minutes in the programme session to deliver
their papers, and time will be allowed for an open forum to allow audience

*Important dates*

*18 January 2015*

Deadline for Proposals for papers

*28 February 2015*

Deadline for notifications of acceptance

*14 May 2015*

Deadline for submission of full papers


Tammaro, A.M. (2006).  Quality assurance in library and information science
(LIS) schools: Major trends and issues.  *Advances in Librarianship, 30, *

Tammaro, A.M & Weech, T. (2008). *Feasibility of international guidelines
for equivalency and reciprocity of qualifications for LIS professionals. *


*All proposals must be in before 18 January 2015.*

*Please note*

Every paper accepted must be presented in person by one of the authors at
the IFLA WLIC in Cape Town, South Africa.

Authors are required to permit non-exclusive publication of papers chosen
for this session on the IFLA website and digital repository, the IFLA
Library <http://library.ifla.org/>. Author(s) must agree to make their
paper available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Unported License <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>. Papers that
are accepted but not presented in person at the conference will not be made
available on the official conference website nor will they be considered
for nomination as a best paper of the conference.

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 letter
<http://conference.ifla.org/ifla81/node/75> can be issued to authors.

*Congress Participation Grants*

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference
Participation Grants
<http://conference.ifla.org/ifla81/conference-participation-grants> webpage.
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