International Association of School Librarianship 2023 (Rome, Italy, 17-21 July 2023): call for papers/posters/workshop - deadline: 15th March 2023

23 February, 2023

Dear friends and colleagues,

The 51st Annual International Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship ( and the 26th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship is being held in Rome, Italy (17-21 July 2023):

The IASL 2023 Conference Team is kindly inviting you to consider to submit a proposal of a research/professional paper, poster or workshop by *next March 15th* (at latest!). Follow the instructions in the Call for Papers webpage:

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Conference Tracks

Conference submissions identify the conceptual, applied, and theoretical research contributions on the following conference tracks for both the streams (A - Research and B - Professional) on the following tracks and possible topics:

a) The healing power of the school library: contributions will focus on bibliotherapy; reading clubs; establishing, implementing and taking care of a school library in the loving memory of a deceased pupil (or a school community member), as a way of overcoming problematic situations.

b) Implementing the UN Agenda 2030 SDGs in and through the school library: contributions will focus on the school library becoming more sustainable and inclusive, educating to sustainability, social responsibility etc.

c) Public and school Library collaboration for inclusiveness: contributions will focus on effective collaboration between public libraries and school libraries not to have any child/ pupil left behind; collections, services and activities jointly designed and delivered to meet special needs.

d) The phygital school library for creativity, inclusion and memory: physical and digital school library’s spaces, places, tools etc. to stimulate creativity, to facilitate inclusion, to testify the memory of the school (Public History, school archives and museums, exploitation of school records, documents, photos etc.).

e) The school library for the STEM/STEAM education: research and practices regarding the school library and AI, coding, makerspaces, etc. for STEM/STEAM education.

A comfortable accommodation (at reasonable rates, including breakfast) is available in the same campus of the conference venue.

Our colleague Anna Cascone (IFLA Relindial, here in c/c) and I are at your disposal for any further information.

Many thanks for your attention!


Cordiali saluti.

Luisa Marquardt

AIB - Associazione Italiana Biblioteche - CNBS (Coordinatore, 2020-2023)

IFLA Division E Deputy Chair (2021-2023)

IFLA School Libraries Section Elected Member (2017-2025) and Secretary


IASL Director for Europe (2009-2016) - IASL Lifetime Member

Forum del Libro

ENSIL - European Network for School Libraries and Information Literacy

(Founding Member)

CNBA - Coordinamento nazionale Biblioteche di Architettura

OPAM - Opera per l'alfabetizzazione nel mondo


Dr. Luisa Marquardt

Università degli Studi "Roma Tre"

Cattedra di Bibliografia e Biblioteconomia

Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione (Studio Docenti, 1° Piano - "Ex

Caserma Sani" - via Principe Amedeo, 184 - 00185 ROMA)

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici (studio Docenti, 1° Piano - via Ostiense,


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HIFA profile: Luisa Marquardt is Professor at Università degli Studi "Roma Tre" - Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione in Italy. Professional interests: Media and Information Literacy; children's library; school library; health education; health information services. luisa.marquardt AT