Friday, December 07, 2007

CFP: 37th IASL Conference is: World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries

CFP: 37th IASL Conference is: World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries

Location: University of California at Berkeley
Dates: August 4, 2008 – August 8, 2008
Call for Papers Deadline: January 15, 2008

The conference coordinator is Dr. Blanche Woolls,



1. Digital Literacy — For example, digital libraries, digital resources related to reading, specialized strategies and techniques for “reading” online text, images and multimedia.

2. Building a Community of Readers — For example, book clubs, literature circles, collaborative reading projects.

3. Strategies for Building Literacy Skills in School Libraries — For example, How can the school librarian use his/her library curriculum and instruction to develop reading and literacy skills among students? What reading and literacy skills can be”taught” in school libraries by school librarians? What are best practices for teaching these skills?

4. Support Reading Instruction — For example, how school libraries can provide resources for classroom teachers and staff support for literacy initiatives throughout the school, including collection development, literacy libraries, reader’s advisory, reading incentive programs.

5. Research Forum — For example, scholarly research about school libraries. Researchers are encouraged to discuss their research methodologies as well as the results.

Four types of presentations will be offered in this conference:

-Professional papers: Papers that describe and discuss the presenter’s work in relation to theory and/or practice.
-International Research Forum Presentations: Papers that describe the presenter’s research, either completed or on-going, in relation to the conference theme.
-Workshops/Demonstrations: Presentations that feature one or more persons working with a group to help them develop skills in a specific teaching or research technique.
-Poster Sessions: Description of practice or theory presented visually. Presenters are required to be present for a specific period of time in order to answer questions.

All proposals will be independently reviewed before acceptance. The Review Panel for the International Research Forum will be drawn from IASL members worldwide.

Criteria for Selection:
-Relevance to conference themes
-Clarity of description
-Intellectual significance
-Relevance to audience

All proposals must be in English and submitted by 15 January 2008.

For information - please follow the links above.