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World Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships"

19-23 August 2007, Durban, South Africa

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Call for Papers

Division VII: Education and Research

Theme: The Internet, Libraries and the Changing Information Behaviour: Perspectives for Research and Education

Division VII: Education and Research will hold a 2- hour Program in Durban, South Africa as part of the World Library and Information Congress/ 73rd IFLA Conference.

We invite IFLA Members to respond to this Call for Papers for a program concerned with the topic:
The Internet, Libraries and the Changing Information Behaviour: Perspectives for Research and Education

The objective of the program is to present research into the issues raised by the emergence of and the ever more widespread access to and use of the Internet. We wish to examine the challenges and opportunities for libraries that the Internet presents. In the session we want to concentrate on the implications of changing user information behaviour in relation to all types of libraries and information service providers. The topic is of interest to both researchers and professionals.

It is important to note that we are looking for research-based papers in the following areas:
  • What does the widespread access to the internet mean for the use of libraries - be it public libraries or academic libraries?
  • Are LIS educational programs and CPD - programs appropriately responding to changing information behaviour?
  • Does access to Internet resources lead to new patterns of reading for pleasure, work and learning?
  • What theory development and research are needed as the information seeking strategies of users change due to the use of Internet?
  • How can information literacy assist in helping people cope with the new information behaviour shaped by Internet?
  • What can we learn from library history that is relevant to the current questions and concerns on changing information behaviour

The papers will be reviewed on their academic merits by an international panel.

Proposals for papers must be submitted by 15 February 2007 to:
Professor Niels Ole Pors,
Department of Library and Information Management,
Royal School of Library and Information Science,
Birketinget 6,
2300 Copenhagen S,
E-mail: nop@db.dk

The proposal should include a 4-500 word abstract and all relevant biographical information.

Successful proposers will be notified by 15 March 2007 and must supply the full paper by 1 May 2007.