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World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"

10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada

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Call for Papers

Information Literacy and Academic and Research Libraries Sections

Theme: Return on Investment: Learners' Outcomes in Information Literacy. Do they really learn?

The Information Literacy (IL) and the Academic and Research Libraries (ARL) Sections of IFLA will be holding a joint open program at the IFLA General Conference in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 10-14, 2008. IL educators or practitioners are invited to submit proposals for papers related to the theme: "Return on Investment: Learners' Outcomes in Information Literacy. Do they really learn?"

From high school to university current trends indicate a small but growing number of studies about learning outcomes for IL. Effective assessment of student learning outcomes is a critical component to improving information literacy programs.

In this call for papers, we are interested in a wide range of techniques that provide objective measures for assessing students' information competencies. We are looking for speakers who can relate experiences from a practitioner's perspective, as well as presentations of research on assessment of IL programs. The focus can be on diagnoses concerning incoming students, evaluating students' progress towards achieving IL skills or exit assessments.

Here are some questions to consider:
  • How are they used to evaluate the IL courses quality and their cost-effectiveness?
  • What indicators should be identified to measure competency or fluency?
  • What comparison can be made between different contexts, levels or disciplines?
  • Do assessment tools vary according to program needs?
  • What is the impact on pedagogical methods?


The proposal should include a title, an abstract of 200-400 words and a one-page biographical sketch for each author, with current employment information and title, containing a selected list of previous presentations and publications. Submissions will be rated on how well they fit with the program theme.

The abstract should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail, in English, no later than 30 January 2008 to:
Agnes Colnot
Service commun de documentation
CS 64302 Université Rennes 2
Haute Bretagne
F-35043 RENNES Cedex
E-mail: agnes.colnot@wanadoo.fr

Submissions will be acknowledged by return email. Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome of the review panel by 1 March 2008. Papers (3-21 pages) are required to meet IFLA guidelines posted at: http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla74/callinfo-en.htm.

Presentations at the conference will be limited to approximately 20-30 minutes and will be a summary of the original paper and may use PowerPoint.

The full paper is due no later than 1 May 2008 and must be an original submission not published elsewhere. Papers may be written and presented in any of the IFLA working languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish) however, simultaneous translation is not guaranteed.

Please note that all fees, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the authors of accepted papers. For additional information, please contact Agnes Colnot
E-mail: agnes.colnot@wanadoo.fr

Linda J. Goff
Head of Instructional Services University Library
2021 California State University
Sacramento 2000
State University Drive, East Sacramento, CA 95819-6039