Thursday, January 16, 2014

CFP: Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference (Bosnia & Herzegovina - June 2014)

Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference
JUNE 11th-14th 2014  Juni na Uni 2014. - Hotel "Opal" Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Conference website:

Call for Papers
Theme: Embracing relentless change: Information literacy and lifelong learning in a digital age:
For all who are engaged in learning in this information rich society the challenge to achieve information literacy is vital in capitalising on the diverse and often overwhelming range of information choices with which we are continually faced. This is confounded further by the rise of digital and social media tools which doubtless have brought with them some stunning innovations and some colossal challenges. Information Literacy can help us discover, critically evaluate and generate new information to cradle these new diverse digital media
forms which are as inspiring and transformational as they are formidable and at times impenetrable. Information literacy and lifelong learning are vital for active participation of individuals everywhere in social, cultural and political contexts- in the Western Balkans, in Europe and indeed worldwide. They enable us to learn how to learn. They are crucial in helping us realise educational and professional goals and aspirations. Harnessed together Information literacy and lifelong learning help us successfully survive and compete in the 21st century- in
this digital age, a time of relentless change.

Main Themes and Topics: Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference.
A. Information literacy in the modern world
· information literacies (media literacy, digital literacy, visual literacy, financial literacy, health
literacy, cyber wellness)
· Information Literacy and academic libraries
· Information literacy and adult education
· Information literacy and blended learning
· Information literacy and distance learning
· Information literacy and public libraries
· Information literacy and the knowledge economy
· Information Literacy in the modern world (e.g. web 2.0 ; web 3.0 ; mobile technologies ;
YouTube, trends, emerging technologies and innovation; growth of digital resources;
gaming and application software (apps); digital reference tools; tiered reference services).
· The future of information literacy
· Workplace information literacy

B. Librarians as support to the lifelong learning process
· Digital empowerment and reference work
· Information Literacy across the disciplines
· Information literacy and digital preservation
· Information Literacy and online learning (e.g. self-paced IL modules)
· Information Literacy and Virtual Learning Environments
· Innovative IL approaches
· Instructional design and performance for information literacy (e.g. teaching practice,
session design, lesson plans, self-paced student modules)
· Integrating information literacy into the curriculum
· Putting information literacy theory into practice
· Supporting users need through library 2.0 and beyond
· Student engagement with Information Literacy

C. Media and information literacy – theoretical approaches (standards, assessment,
collaboration, etc.)
· Information literacy and Artificial intelligence
· Information Literacy and information behaviour
· Information literacy and reference services: cyber reference services, virtual reference
services, mobile reference services, expert crowd sourcing, global reference volunteers
· Information literacy cultural and contextual approaches
· Information literacy evaluation and assessment
· Information literacy in different cultures and countries
· Information literacy project management
· Information literacy theory (models, standards, indicators, Moscow Declaration etc.)
· Measuring in information literacy instruction assessment

D. New aspects of education/strategic planning, policy, and advocacy for information literacy
in a digital age
· Branding, promotion and marketing for information literacy
· Cross –sectorial; and interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships for information literacy
· Information literacy policies and development
· Leadership and Governance for information literacy
· Strategic planning for IL
· Strategies in e-learning to promote self-directed and sustainable learning in the area of
information literacy skills.

Paper submission:
Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:
· Full paper to be published in conference proceedings
· Presentation
· Roundtable discussion
· Poster session
· Train-the-trainers workshop
· PechaKucha

Papers submission dateline: Friday 16 May 2014
Important Dates
Paper submission deadline May 16, 2014
Notification of acceptance May 31, 2014
Dissemination of final programme June 03, 2014
Deadline for authors to submit slides June 05, 2014

For further information: please see the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference website for additional details at:

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 the Conference
Committee, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.