Monday, February 07, 2011

IFLA 77th Call for papers: Health and Biosciences Satellite Session. August 12, San Juan, Puerto Rico

IFLA 77th Call for papers: Health and Biosciences Satellite Session. August 12, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aug 12, San Juan, Puerto Rico

World Library and Information Congress:
77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

Health and Biosciences Section – Satellite Session

Amphitheatre I, School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. (Located on the Third Floor, Main Building, Medical Sciences Campus). San Juan, Puerto Rico
Friday 12th August 2011,
TIME: 10am – 3pm


Developing Health Science Librarians Expertise: From graduate school curriculum, to post-graduate training, and to professional development offered by employing libraries
The Health and Biosciences Section are pleased to invite proposals for papers to be presented at this pre-conference satellite session.
Subjects of interest include:
o   How do we identify the information literacy needs of our customers to determine the skills/competencies needed for health librarians?
o   What are the competencies required for health librarians?
o   Examples of health competency frameworks and how they are being applied
o   What national approaches are being made to develop and maintain health librarian skills and how are these skills recognized?
o   What is the responsibility of library and information associations to support the needs of specialist librarians?
o   How do ‘library schools’ and the library profession work together to ensure graduates are given opportunities to have relevant workplace experiences?
o   Clinical Librarian /Informationist positions are now being created – how are their skills developed?
o   How effective are online training programs in areas such as evidence based healthcare?
o   How can critical knowledge be transferred when experienced staff leave?
o   How are knowledge gaps identified?
Proposals should include:
· A structured abstract (Objectives/Project Scope; Methods; Results; Conclusions/Implications) of 350 – 400 words.
· Summary of the author(s) details (name, institution, position) and brief
biographical statement of no more than 50 words.
· Submit proposals electronically to Heather Todd ( or Carmen M. Santos-Corrada ( no later than February 25th, 2011.
· Selected presenters will be notified by March 25th, 2011.
Papers or presentations
Presenters will be expected to submit final versions of their papers or presentations by June 1, 2011. The language of the session will be English and Spanish. Presenters will have up to 30  minutes at the programme to deliver their presentations, and time will be allowed for an open forum to allow audience interaction.
Please note that the Programme Committee has no funds to assist prospective authors: abstracts should only be submitted on the understanding that the expenses of the attending the San Juan conference (including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the authors(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers. Some national professional associations may be able to help fund certain expenses, and a small number of grants for conference attendance may be available at:
For more information, please contact Heather Todd ( or Carmen M. Santos-Corrada (