Call for Submissions

37th Annual IATUL Conference,
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
5 – 9 June 2016

*The call for submissions for the 2016 IATUL conference is now closed.

Libraries are developing services for new emerging trends such as data management and curation, scholarly communication/publishing, copyright, open access, text and data mining (TDM) and digital initiatives. Libraries are also reshaping spaces to better respond to the ever changing and growing needs of end user communities. We see more and more collaboration between different units in order to create new and better learning environments where different professionals are joining forces to use their skills and knowledge to support their different communities.

This year’s theme: Library Leadership in a Sea of Change reflects not only our host Institutions’ locale by the ocean, but also provides the opportunity for you to share your cutting edge experiences and knowledge during this time of continuing change in the world of libraries. The programme will be organized around the following five sub-themes:

  • Collaboration
  • Preparing the workforce, skills development
  • Changing role of libraries in scholarly communication and assessment
  • Physical library; Learning spaces
  • Data management/Science

Selection criteria:
The IATUL Programme Committee will evaluate submissions for quality, relevance to the conference, theme, clarity, originality and timeliness.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for proposals/abstracts: February 5 2016 (now closed)
  • Notifying of speakers acceptance: February 15 2016
  • Final abstract, biographical note and passport size photograph for conference programme: March 21 2016
  • Full text of paper and IATUL Copyright form: April 25 2016
  • Submission of Power Point Presentations: May 20 2016

Instructions for papers:

  • Papers must be written in English and should not exceed 4,000 words incl. spaces.
  • All papers submitted must be original and have not been published or presented before.
  • Authors of accepted papers must attend the conference for the paper to be presented.
  • Authors will be given 20 minutes to present their paper with 10 additional minutes for discussion with the audience.
  • Abstracts, papers and Power Point presentations will be published on the IATUL web site.
  • Should your presentation have special technical requirements, please inform us on time.
  • See the detailed IATUL 2016 Author Guidelines.

Instructions for posters:

  • Posters are informal presentations featuring solutions to problems and innovative projects with lessons for the academic and research library community. Your topic could be described by text, graphics, photographs, illustrations,…
  • Posters must be written in English.
  • The best configuration of your poster is A1 vertical (841mm x 594mm).
  • Authors of accepted posters must attend the conference for the poster to be displayed and presented.
  • Posters will be displayed in a designated space at the Conference venue. Display panels will be provided. Please bring your printed poster as we are unable to provide printing service.
  • Display panels for posters will be ready by Monday, 6 at 10:00 am and all posters should be put up before 14:30 pm.
  • A final abstract for the poster as well as your profile will be published in the Conference programme and on the IATUL website.

Best Poster Award:
The posters will be evaluated by two IATUL Board members for content, innovation and presentation of the poster. The Irmgard Lankenau Poster Prize will be announced at the conference closing session on Thursday, 9 June 2016.

Please note:
All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IATUL.

To encourage global participation the IATUL Travel Grant programme provides financial assistance to library and/or information professionals from developing countries to attend the conference.

Evaluation committee:

Gwendolyn Ebbett, University of Windsor, Canada

Sharon Bostick, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Donna Bourne-Tyson, Dalhousie University, Canada

Louis Houle, McGill University, Canada

Madeleine Lefebvre, Ryerson University, Canada

Reiner Kallenborn, University of Munich, Germany