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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

General information &
Call for Papers for Satellite meeting:

Continuing Professional Development: Pathways to Leadership in the Library & Information World

14-16 August 2007, Johannesburg South Africa

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This is a satellite conference immediately prior to the World Library and Information Congress in Durban South Africa, August 2007.

The theme for the satellite conference is: Continuing Professional Development: Pathways to Leadership in the Library & Information World.

The IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section invites proposals for presentations - key note/plenary presentations, smaller scale interactive round-table presentations, workshops, and poster sessions.

The conference organisers especially wish to invite contributions to the conference from Africa and/or proposals which address themes relevant to developing leadership in the African library & information profession.

In order to meet publication deadlines (for availability of the published Proceedings at the conference) proposals must be submitted by November 10th, 2006.

Conference Themes and Focus

The broad focus of this conference is the role of continuing professional development in developing leadership in the library and information world. This encompasses libraries and information services centres in all sectors as well as professional library associations and groups, commercial organisations, and any others interested in the development of leaders in the library and information world.

The conference organising committee wishes to showcase examples of best practice in leadership development and practice through both research based scholarly presentations and experiential and practical stories of success and failure (or limited success). The organisers are particularly interested in receiving proposals for presentations (in any of the formats: key-note/plenary presentation, interactive round table presentation, break-out session workshop, or poster session) on any of the following key themes and issues.

Proposals on any other topic related to the theme Continuing Professional Development: Pathways to Leadership in the Library & Information World are also welcome and will be considered.
  1. What are the skills needed by emerging leaders in the library & information world? Can these skills be learnt and developed? If so, how?
  2. What are the effective tried-and-true models of leadership development? What has worked and why? What has not worked so well and why and/or what could work better and how?
  3. Are there different approaches to leadership development in different parts of the world/different cultures?
  4. Generational issues in leadership. Is Millennium Generation leadership different to Baby Boomer leadership?  Do the characteristics of generations affect the way they lead? What can different generations learn from one another about leadership?
  5. What is the role of leaders in promoting the value and values of the library & information professions? How can the skills and knowledge to lead in this respect be developed?
  6. What is learnt and what is taught about leadership?
  7. How to identify and motivate potential leaders in the library & information world.
  8. What role is there for succession planning and/or mentoring in developing leaders in the library & information world?

Conference Format & Structure

The conference will be structured to maximise opportunities for interaction and learning with a focus on both expanding knowledge and understanding and enhancing capabilities in this key area of professional practice. Active sharing of ideas and knowledge will be encouraged. Presenters are encouraged to think laterally and relatively about the most effective ways of delivering their presentations.  The conference will be arranged to include a mix of plenary sessions, with time allowed for discussion and comment on each paper, smaller scale interactive presentations ( where presenters make their presentation to a small group and then engage in participatory/interactive work with that group), breakout sessions/workshops and poster presentations. To encourage participation and to enable information exchange and networking the smaller scale interactive presentation sessions may be repeated multiple times and the poster sessions may be staffed at several times throughout the conference.

Published Proceedings

All key-note presentations and a selection of other significant presentations at the conference will be peer reviewed and published by K.G. Saur as part of the IFLA publication series. The editors of the Conference Proceedings will be Ann Ritchie (Department of Health & Community Services Library, Northern Territory, Australia) and Clare Walker (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) assisted by Paul Genoni (Curtin University, Australia). The peer and editorial review of papers proposed or selected for publication in the Proceedings will focus in particular on: originality of ideas, readability, intellectual rigour and the level of authority and scholarship demonstrated, validity of the results of any empirical research.

Conference Language

The conference will be conducted in English. All papers and presentations will be required to be English.

Conference Location

The conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa . The conference venue (to be confirmed) will be the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre http://www.birchwoodhotel.co.za . This centre, located in 30 acres of landscaped gardens, is located close to the Johannesburg airport with hourly shuttle services to both the airport and a local shopping mall.

Registration Costs etc

Details of the cost of the conference (registration fees, accommodation options and costs etc.) will be available later in 2006. Invited speakers and presenters will be required to pay the registration fee and their own travel, accommodation and associated costs. The registration fee will cover a set of the published conference papers, lunch, mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments, and the conference dinner.

Registration options will include registration for the full 2.5 day conference and single day registration. Registration and meals/accommodation packages will be available or registration only.

Submission of Proposals for Conference Presentations

To submit a proposal for presentation at the conference please complete the Proposal Submission Form (MS Word file)

Proposals must be submitted in electronic format - preferably by email, or by post (3.5" diskette or CD-ROM). Proposals must be in either a generally available word-processing file format or in RTF format.

Proposals should be sent, no later than November 10th, 2006 to both of the program convenors:

Ujala Satgoor
Email: ujala.satgoor@up.ac.za
Leader, Service Unit, Economics & Management Sciences
Academic Information Services
University of Pretoria
Republic of South Africa

Ian Smith
Email: i.smith@latrobe.edu.au
Manager, Library Human Resources
La Trobe University Library
Bundoora, Victoria, 3086

Review and Selection of Presentations

Proposals for papers for presentation and publication will be assessed by the Conference program committee and will be subject to a peer review process. The program committee will decide which proposers should be invited to develop and submit full presentations and /or papers. Confirmation of invitations to present at the conference will be subject to the receipt and approval, following second-round peer review, of the full paper (if for publication in the Conference Proceedings) or presentation outline/poster as applicable.

Revisions may be required before final confirmation and acceptance.

Guidelines for Published Papers

Presenters whose papers are selected for publication in the Proceedings will be provided with detailed guidelines on the required format for manuscripts.


  • Proposals for papers must be submitted by November 10 th 2006
  • Successful proposers will be advised of the acceptance of their proposal in early December 2006
  • Conference papers for publication in the Proceedings must be submitted for review by January 31 st 2007
  • Presentations which are not for publication must be submitted for review by March 31, 2007
  • Invited contributors/presenters will be advised of final confirmation/acceptance of their paper, (following peer review), in April 2007.


The Program Co-convenors will be happy to hear, and will respond to, questions or comments about this conference. Please direct questions to either or both:

Ujala Satgoor
Tel.: +27 12 4202565; Fax: +27 12 3625100
Email: ujala.satgoor@up.ac.za

Ian Smith
Email: i.smith@latrobe.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 94791918; Fax:+ 61 3 94793018