Wednesday, January 17, 2018

CFP: Discovery to Delivery VIII (Indiana Libraries Resource‐Sharing Conference - May 11, 2018 - Indianapolis, Indiana)

Discovery to Delivery VIII conference, hosted by the Academic Libraries of Indiana and the Indiana State Library, is a free one-day resource sharing conference that is open to all Indiana Libraries.  This year’s theme will be The Bigger Picture: Resource Sharing with a Broader Brush!


This year’s conference will be held on May 11, 2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm ET at the Indiana State Library located at 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

[CALL FOR  PROPOSALS]:  Indiana Libraries Resource‐Sharing Conference
    
    Submission Deadline: 3 PM (EST) Friday, March 2, 2018
       
    If you are interested in developing and sharing a presentation, please complete and submit the proposal form located on our D2D website.  Previous years have proven the most well-received presentations are from peer libraries, please share your successes and challenges with your colleagues! This year’s theme is all about thinking about resource sharing as part of the bigger picture.  Not just Interlibrary loan of materials, but sessions about sharing expertise, information, access, and other platforms are encouraged.  
   
    Presentations should be approximately 30-35 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes at the end of each session for questions and discussion.
   
    Suggested Proposal Topics:
  • INSPIRE (20th anniversary in 2018)
  • Acquisitions
  • Collaborations      
  • Best Practices           
  • Copyright     
  • Customer Service
  • E-books
  • E-Resources Licensing
  • Evergreen Indiana
  • Marketing
  • Open Access
  • Patron-Driven Services
  • Professional Development
  • Scholarly Communications
  • SRCS
  • Statistics

        
   The conference is open to all Indiana libraries, and the audience will include attendees from academic, public, school and special libraries.  Presentations from peer libraries are well-received at these conferences.  Please indicate in your program description whether your presentation targets a specific or general audience.
   
Proposals are due Friday, March 2 by 3:00 PM Eastern.

Michelle Bradley
Manager, Member Engagement
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Call for Online Programs: ACRL University Libraries Section

The ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee is charged with supporting the continued development of ULS members by providing professional development opportunities, mostly through online programming. The ULS Professional Development Committee is committed to providing programs on a wide array of topics and in various formats to support academic librarians. The committee is now accepting proposals for online programs. Programs are generally an hour in length and can take a wide variety of formats and can be on any topic of interest to academic libraries.

To submit a proposal, complete the online form available here: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/online-program-proposal-submission-form/

Please send any questions to the Professional Development Committee chair Jason Martin (Jason.martin@mtsu.edu).

Jason Martin, Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Walker Library
Middle Tennessee State University
E-Mail: jason.martin@mtsu.edu

CFP: Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.  The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students. Articles must be related to providing library services/information to distance learners/faculty. Topics can include but are not limited to:
  • Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
  • Information literacy
  • Instructional service techniques
  • Information delivery
  • Reference services
  • Document delivery
  • Developing collections

If you are interested in submitting an article, this journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the “Guide for ScholarOne Authors” at http://journalauthors.tandf.co.uk/submission/ScholarOne.asp before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided at http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=journal&issn=1533-290XWLIS receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/WLIS. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts technical support can be accessed via http://scholarone.com/services/support/.

In addition, JLISDL has just been moved to the iFirst workflow, which will enable us to produce and publish papers online in advance of issues that are final in all respects except for pagination. Once an article is accepted for publications and all edits have been submitted, the articles will appear in a "Latest articles" list on the journal's webpage. They will be identical to the print edition in every way except that they will lack final pagination. Authors can still cite articles using their DOI number and year of publication. The “Latest articles” section can be found on JLISDL’s Taylor & Francis Online page on the left side menu. Once articles are selected for issues, the final version that publishes (with page numbers) will replace this iFirst version, and the article will appear in the issue with all other contents of that issue.

Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

Inquiries and questions are welcome and can be sent directly to the editor, Jodi Poe, at jpoe@jsu.edu.

Jodi W. Poe, Editor
Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wlis20
Professor & Head of Technical Services
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
Email: jpoe@jsu.edu

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CFP: STS Forum Research Papers and Posters - ALA Annual (New Orleans, LA - June 2018)

The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting its Annual Research Forum (Sunday, June 24, 2018) and Poster Session (Sunday, June 24, 2018) at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The Research Forum and Poster Session provide an excellent opportunity to share a wide range of research projects relevant to science and technology librarianship.

Submissions for the paper and poster presentations are selected based on the quality of the abstract and the demonstration of significant progress toward completing the research project by June 2018. Your submission should include:
  • brief background information about your project, 
  • the research question or problem that drove your project, 
  • the methods used, 
  • your findings and a brief discussion that includes the impact of your project. 
Your proposal should total no more than 250 words. Because this is a blind review process, be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and email addresses of all participants (not part of word count) separate from your abstract (the form has separate fields for these items).

Please submit your proposal via this form: goo.gl/LqfEbV

Submission Categories:

  • Research Forum Featured Paper Presentation. The Featured Paper Presentation is 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a thoughtful 10-minute critique from a guest commentator, who will offer suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication. Proposals should reflect research that has been completed or initiatives that have already been implemented. At a minimum, significant progress should have been made toward completion or implementation.
  • Research Forum Short Paper Presentations. Short Papers are 10 minutes in length and will be followed by a thoughtful 5-minute critique from a guest commentator, who will offer suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication or generate additional ideas that will move the paper forward. Proposals should reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or are currently in progress.
  • Poster Presentations. Posters should cover research endeavors or practitioner projects that enhance science and technology librarianship. Proposals should provide useful and practical findings, and describe opportunities for discussion with participants.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Friday, February 23, 2018. Submissions are selected by the STS Research Committee. The Committee adheres to mentoring principles and a “blind” review process to select proposals. We strongly encourage you to remove any identifying information in your proposal prior to submission; otherwise, the STS Research Committee co-chairs will take responsibility for removing identifying information, which may unintentionally alter the text of your submission.

Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to present at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Travel support from STS is not available. Specific logistical details will follow upon acceptance. Please submit your proposal via this form: goo.gl/LqfEbV

If you have any questions, please ask the STS Research Committee co-chairs:

CFP: LACUNY Institute 2018: Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity (NYC May 2018)

Call for Proposals
LACUNY Institute 2018: Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity

Friday May 11, 2018 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY)

Submission Deadline: Friday February 16, 2018
Poster session deadline: Friday March 2, 2018Submission Form: https://tinyurl.com/LACUNY-Inst-2018-CFP
Web Site  https://2018lacunyinst.commons.gc.cuny.edu/


The LACUNY Institute is an annual, one-day conference open to LIS professionals, students, and the general public. It is organized by the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY), and although geared to academic librarians, it strives to have broad relevance to the profession. 
In a time of a polarized political climate, economic uncertainty, and social inequity, how can libraries actively support themselves and their communities? How can we advocate for ourselves and for communities we serve? What is our role in upholding democratic values of intellectual freedom, free speech, and free expression? How can we resist fascism, misinformation, and censorship? How can libraries foster inclusivity and empower the disenfranchised?
We invite proposals addressing this year’s conference theme, Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity.

Example topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The librarian as advocate  
  •  Inclusive librarianship
  • The role of technology in upholding library values
  •  The politicization of (mis)information
  • Digital privacy
  •  Intellectual freedom
  • Censorship
Types of proposals:
  • Panel discussion (15 minutes/presenter): Moderated panel presentations with time for questions and discussion.
  • Interactive presentation (45 minutes): Teams of two lead a discussion on topic of their choice related to the theme, with one person presenting context and the other facilitating conversation.
  • Alt-sessions (15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics through multiple ways of knowing (e.g., short documentary, spoken word, performance art).
  • Poster sessions
Please submit proposals by February 16, 2018
Submission Form : https://tinyurl.com/LACUNY-Inst-2018-CFP

Questions may be directed to the 2018 LACUNY Institute Co-Chairs Mark Aaron Polger, markaaron.polger@csi.cuny.edu or Junior Tidal at jtidal@citytech.cuny.edu   

Thank you!
LACUNY Institute 2018 Planning Committee

Monday, January 08, 2018

CFP: HEAd'18 - 4th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (June 20 - 22, 2018. Valencia, Spain)

HEAd'18: Call for Papers
4th International Conference on Higher Education Advances
June 20 - 22, 2018. Valencia, Spain
http://www.headconf.org
twitter: @headconf

Scope
After the great success of the previous HEAd conferences, which received submissions from 51 countries, we are pleased to announce the Fourth International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'18). This conference is an excellent forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions and research results relating to the preparation of students, teaching/learning methodologies and the organization of educational systems.

The HEAd'18 conference will be held on June 20-22, 2018 at the Faculty of Business Administration and Management of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), which has been recently ranked as the best technical university in Spain by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2017.

Topics of interest
The program committee encourages the submission of articles that communicate applied and empirical findings of interest to higher education professionals. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

  • Innovative materials and new tools for teaching
  • Teaching and learning experiences
  • Educational technology (e.g., virtual labs, e-learning)
  • Evaluation and assessment of student learning
  • Emerging technologies in learning (e.g., MOOC, OER, gamification)
  • Experiences outside the classroom (e.g., practicums, mobility)
  • New teaching/learning theories and models
  • Globalization in education and education reforms
  • Education economics
  • Learning for employment
  • Education accreditation, quality and assessment
  • Competency-based learning and skill assessment

Important Dates
  • Submission deadline: February 9, 2018
  • Author notification: April 11, 2018
  • Camera ready due: April 30, 2018
  • Conference dates: June 20-22, 2018


Publications
All accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings with a DOI and ISBN number. They will be published in open access by UPV Press and submitted to be indexed in major international bibliographic databases. Previous editions are indexed in the Thomson-Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Web of Science Core Collection (former ISI Proceedings).

Awards
The Program Committee will select the winners for the Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards. To be eligible for the best student paper award, the presenting author of the paper must be a full-time student.

Submission guidelines
Authors from all over the world are invited to submit original and unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal. All papers will be peer reviewed by the program committee based on their originality, significance, methodological soundness, and clarity of exposition.

Submitted papers must be written in English and should be in PDF format. They must follow the instructions in the template file, available in Microsoft Word format at:

http://www.headconf.org/template.docx

Paper length must be between 4 and 8 pages, incorporating all text, references, figures and tables. These guidelines are strict: papers failing to adhere to the guidelines will be rejected without consideration of their merits. Submissions imply the willingness of at least one author to register, attend the conference, and present the paper.

HEAd'18 is using the OCS platform of UPV Press to manage the submissions. This platform provides you with a submissions homepage where you can register your paper submission and make appropriate changes. The submission website is:

http://www.headconf.org/submission-instructions/

About the venue
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It embraces culture and tradition from the past combined with singular architecture, exciting gastronomy, nightlife, and beautiful white sand beaches. Valencia is the capital city of the Comunitat Valenciana region, which is major tourist destination in summer. More info at:

http://www.headconf.org/venue/about-valencia/

The organizing committee looks forward to welcoming you all to a fruitful conference with open discussions and important networking to promote high quality education.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

CFP: Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference (Springfield, IL - Sept 2018)

Call for Proposals Open for Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference in Springfield, IL in September 2018.

  • Submit proposals here: Proposal Submission Form
  • We will be accepting a maximum of TWO proposals per presenter, including individual and group presentations.

  • PRESENTER DISCOUNTS:We will be supplementing registration for those selected to present at conference at a $100 discount per session selected. If presenters are selected to repeat a session, there will be a $150 conference registration discount. For multiple presenters, any conference discount will apply to the lead speaker only. No additional funding will be available for this conference (scholarship are a separate award).

  • DEADLINE: Proposals are due by 5 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Please be sure to keep a copy of your proposal!

  • SELECTION TIMELINE: We hope to have selected presenters notified by March 11, 2018. Please understand that session selection takes time and there is a team of volunteers working outside their day jobs to make this happen but we ask for patience. If the date for presentation selection changes, we will announce that.

  • CONTACT: When you successfully submit a proposal, you should receive a confirmation email with a summary of your submission. If you do not receive confirmation or if you have other questions, please direct them to Jennie Garner, 2018 Program Chair, via email at jgarner@northlibertyiowa.org

Submit proposals here: Proposal Submission Form

Visit ARSL here: https://arsl.info/

Friday, January 05, 2018

CFP: ALA Annual Conference Poster Session (New Orleans - June 23-24, 2018)

The 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Poster Session Committee invites everyone to share your best ideas and work with the library community by presenting a poster at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. The poster sessions will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2018.

Proposal Submission Link: https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp?EventKey=WHQCZKYM

We are excited to announce two additional poster sessions this year, with the migration of the Diversity Fair and the ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section into the general poster session.

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries on any topic relevant to librarianship, and may include a description of an innovative library program, an analysis of a solution to a problem, a report of a research study, or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text, and more - and will informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during assigned 1 ½-hour time periods. For information on 2018 posters and the submission process, please visit this page: https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp3/home.asp

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 16, 2018. Following a double-blind peer review process, applicants will be notified by late March if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference.  Start your application process now: https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp3/home.asp  (you must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application).

Please direct any questions about poster session presentations and submissions to Alee Navarro, the Annual Conference poster session staff liaison, anavarro@ala.org.

Registration for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference opens January 10, 2018, Noon (Central).

Thank you!

Blake Doherty
Co-Chair, ALA Poster Session

Blake Doherty
Research, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian
Frost Library, Amherst College
bdoherty@amherst.edu
413.542.2979

Thursday, January 04, 2018

CFP: CSUDH Technology in Education Day (Carson, California - April 5, 2018)

CSUDH Technology in Education Day
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Presenters notified by Friday, February 9, 2018

Technology in Education Day is a one-day symposium held on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus.  This is a unique opportunity for instructors, librarians, administrators and instructional designers to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations, and ideas in online instruction. We invite you to share your work at this year’s symposium.

Possible topics for presentation include:
  • The state and future of learning management systems (LMS)
  • Open Education Resources (OERs) & freely available web resources
  • Using Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) to make your class more accessible to students.
  • Using shared repositories in online classes
  • The digital publishing model (e-textbooks, e-publishing, e-readers)
  • Student assessment in an online classroom
  • Retention in an online classroom
  • Student testing practices and facilities in online learning
  • Encouraging student interaction in the online classroom
  • Assistive and accessible technology
  • State and future of mobile learning
  • Cloud computing for the university
  • Campus IT Security and disaster recovery
  • How I learned to love elearning and technology
  • Best practices in online instruction
  • Using Quality Matters to optimize your online classroom
  • Best practices for student engagement and retention
  • Emerging trends in online learning

Presentation Types

Breakout Session - panel (30 min)
Breakout Sessions are intended for panel presentation format. Individuals or small groups collaborate to present a panel format on a topic of shared interests. This format will allow each presenter a limited time for individual comments followed by audience discussion and interaction.

Lightning Round (10 min, depending on the number of speakers)
A Lightning Round session will combine multiple presenters, each presenter giving a ten-minute, fast-paced talk with no interruptions. Lightning rounds are an opportunity to present an idea that will promote further discussion, sharing, and brainstorming with peers. Lightning Round presenters are strongly encouraged to also host a round table on their topic to engage in further discussion on their topic.

Round Table Discussions (30 min)
Round table Discussion sections are designed for small group discussion of specialized topics, with the presenter leading the discussion. Typically, several round table discussions are scheduled simultaneously in one large room, with no audiovisual use. Presenters of other session types may opt to also lead a round table as an opportunity to engage in more discussion on their topic.

Poster Session
Poster sessions will be presented in the vendor area, allowing presenters to engage with participants about their topic. Posters will remain up for the duration of the symposium so participants can view the poster during passing periods, but presenters should be prepared to stay with their poster during designated Vendor Times to engage in discussion and answer questions about their topic.


Submission Review

All submissions will be reviewed by the planning committee. Presenters will be notified that their submissions have been accepted by Friday, February 9, 2018. If accepted you will be required to reply and register for the conference to verify your commitment to make the presentation at Technology in Education Day at CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA.

If your proposal is accepted, presenters agree to:
  • Agree to present on the day assigned
  • Register and pay conference fee (a nominal fee to cover food and parking will be asked of non-CSUDH presenters)
  • Arrange and pay for your own travel and lodging.
  • Lead presenter is responsible for notifying any co-presenters of the status of the proposal
  • Provide electronic file of handouts & PowerPoint presentation to Reza Boroon (rboroon@csudh.edu) by 5:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24 for inclusion on the conference website.
  • If you have any questions or technical needs, please contact Reza Boroon (rboroon@csudh.edu).

Call for Chapters - Homeschooling and Libraries

Homeschooling and Libraries
Book Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters (3,000-5,000 words) sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members. Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of aspects and angles of the library role and impact on homeschooling process, families, and students, within the library walls and beyond. We are also looking for ideas (whether implemented or not) that can serve as a basis, a foundation, to incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. A tentative Table of Contents can be provided per request.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-5,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters by the same author(s); author discount. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary or brief outline of the main talking points by February 28, 2018, with brief bio on each author; place HOM, Your Name, on subject line to gubnitv11@gmail.com

Call for Chapters - Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action
Book Publisher: McFarland

Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-5,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published. Public, school and special librarians, LIS instructors are especially encouraged to submit.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by February 28, 2018, brief bio on each author; place TOL, LAST NAME on subject line to: epsteinsc@gmail.com

Call for Chapters - Creativity for Success and Personal Growth for Librarians

Creativity for Success and Personal Growth for Librarians
Book Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor, Gender Studies in the Library (McFarland, 2017); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members. Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of aspects and angles of the library profession as a creative endeavor, within the library walls and beyond such as being an artist, writer, photographer, editor. Ideas needed that can serve as a foundation, incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well kick-start personal career goals planning. The focus is on library staff professional and personal growth and development, NOT creative programming and services for patrons. Request a helpful tentative Table of Contents.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-5,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters; author discount. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary by February 28, 2018, with brief bio on each author; place CRE, Your Name, on subject line to gubnitv11@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

CFP: "Sanctuaries in the city: the public library as a safe space" - Metropolitan Libraries programme at WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur

Call for papers: Metropolitan Libraries programme at WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur

IFLA’s Metropolitan Libraries Section invites you to submit a proposal for its programme at the 84th IFLA World Library and Information Congress to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 24-30 August 2018. 
Theme:
"Sanctuaries in the city: the public library as a safe space"
The Section intends to explore how public libraries of large urban areas all over the world are becoming a neutral and comfortable haven where all kinds of people can feel safe in difficult personal and social situations.
We are seeking 5-6 thoughtful, high quality papers (presentations of 10-15 minutes each), addressing how public libraries provide a safe space to:
  • Communities during social unrest and protests;
  • Communities involved in natural disasters (flooding, earthquakes, etc.);
  • Difficult users;
  • Ethnic, cultural and religious minorities;
  • Homeless and poor people;
  • Immigrants and refugees;
  • Isolated users (i.e. people with dementia);
  • People with disabilities;
  • Teen users targeted by bullying, for gender, sexuality, the way they dress;
and how public libraries:
  • Partner with police and social workers
  • Select policies (i. e. for collections and meeting rooms)
  • Train staff
The IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Section provides an international platform for professional communication and understanding of topics related to libraries of cities and urban areas of more than 400.000 inhabitants. 
The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract is 18 March 2018
Please refer to the IFLA WLIC 2018 website for full details.