International Federation of Library Associations WLIC 2019 - HBS calls for papers (2)

4 February, 2019

Further to Octavia's message 2 days ago, here are more details, forwarded from AHILA-net (Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa). It's interesting that dialogue, connection and multisectoralism are emerging as key themes. HIFA welcomes more health librarians around the world to join us to help address these challenges:


Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Health and Biosciences Libraries Section

31 January 2019, 16:59

Theme: "Health information professionals - Developing the dialogue, addressing the challenges of the future"

Of the many threads that run through IFLA’s emerging Global Vision, “dialogue” and “connection” are arguably the most significant. The Global Vision encourages the international library community to better understand community needs around health and well being, advocate, develop a spirit of collaboration, and give young professionals the chance to lead. This approach requires all, especially young professionals, to look at their work in a much more integrated and holistic way, breaking down silo barriers and working across boundaries.

In order to meet the challenges of IFLA’s Global Vision, how do we need to grow as an international community of health and biosciences librarians? What emerging opportunities are there for collaboration? How do we engage with younger members of the profession and give them a voice? How can health and biosciences librarians embrace the ideas raised by the Global Vision to contribute to improved health and well being for all?

The IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries (HBS) section wishes to engage in the broadest possible consideration of this theme, through lightning talks which explore dialogue, connection, innovative advocacy and new leadership within health sciences librarianship. We are especially interested in hearing the perspectives of new professionals within our specialty.

The Lightning Talk format allows presenters to articulate a topic, share an experience or present an argument in a quick, clear and insightful manner – for this session talks will be 5 minutes long. We look forward to a fast and thought provoking 1-hour session.


The following three subthemes are of particular interest to us, but contributions outside of these themes will also be considered.

Subtheme 1. Contributing to improved citizen health and wellbeing

This theme invites papers from all sectors of the profession, including academia, on breaking down silos and working across traditional boundaries. It may involve establishing new connections and networks or other innovative approaches.

Subtheme 2. Technology as a vector for communication

This theme invites innovative and practical ideas, especially ones that can be used in low tech settings, not just to share and promote reliable health information, but to encourage individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and as well, that of their families and local communities.

Subtheme 3. Equipping our future workforce

This theme invites papers on how health librarianship is preparing librarians for a multifaceted and rapidly changing future; a future which will require a range of transferable soft skills and a high degree of emotional intelligence.

Papers are especially invited from students at undergraduate and postgraduate level reflecting on how their training is equipping them (or not) for a changing future and on how curricula might change to better enable them to learn transferable skills.

Submission Guidelines

Selected presenters will be required to prepare three slides, including a title slide, and will have five minutes in which to speak. Questions will follow each set of 4 lightning talks.

An abstract must be submitted in an electronic format, containing:

– Title of lightning talk

– Summary of abstract (250 – 300 words maximum)

– An indication of the sub-theme the abstract is focusing on

– Speaker’s name, address, telephone number(s), professional affiliation, email address, keywords (not more than five) and biographical note (40 words).

– Presenters should confirm that they will be able to attend the conference in person and present the lightning talk if selected.

Important dates

15 March 2019 (Friday): Deadline for submission of abstracts

12 April 2019 (Friday): Notification of acceptance/rejection

31 May 2019 (Friday): Deadline for submission of presentation slides


Please submit abstracts by 15 March 2019 as an attachment in MS Word to:

Martin Morris, IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section


and copied to

Emma Farrow, IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section Secretary


Receipt of all submissions will be confirmed.

Abstracts will be reviewed by Members of the HBS Standing Committee.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Athens. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2019 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on the Conference Participation Grants webpage.


Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Library and Information Services (with special focus on Population Health, Disasters, and Disease Outbreaks)

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