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CALL FOR PAPERS - IFLA Information Literacy Section and E-learning Special Interest Group

Papers are invited to be presented at the 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly at Helsinki, Finland, 11-17 August 2012.

Theme : Information literacy meets E-learning:
Let's talk about interconnections and outcomes.

Over the past ten years, there has been a growing awareness about the potential role of E-learning in the context of Information Literacy. E-learning is often regarded as an effective way to extend library presence through innovative services and to reach new communities.

Proposals must focus on one or more of the following topics :

-          Is there any evidence to show that E-learning effectively promotes self-paced and sustainable learning in the area of information literacy skills?
-          Has E-learning enabled libraries to extend their reach to new populations, or provided their existing population with new services and fresh possibilities for learning?
-          While online tutorials are mainly used in the academic environment for large populations of students, what strategies have been introduced in public libraries to encourage lifelong E-learning? 
-          Are there any advantages in teaching information literacy skills using a virtual learning environment (VLE) or course management systems (such as Moodle, Blackboard, WebCT) in a blended learning context?
-          Can information literacy education benefit from collaborative learning through forum, chat and distance learning class experiences?
-          What aspects of information literacy (eg information skills instruction, research process education…) are significantly enhanced by the E-learning experience?  What elements of the E-learning have the greatest value in information literacy training?
-          Many tutorials focus specifically on information seeking and citing sources; can E-learning go beyond this to address a wider range of information literacy outcomes?


Proposals should include :

·         An abstract of paper approximately 500 words
·         Attach summary of the author(s) details (name, institution, position) and brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words
·         Submit proposals electronically to [log in to unmask] no later than February 5, 2012 and indicate “IFLA proposal” in the subject line
·     Selected presenters will be notified by March 14, 2012.


Presenters will be expected to submit final versions of their papers by May 14, 2012.  Papers should be in English (or in one of the official IFLA languages[1], with an English translation attached).  The language of the session will be English. Presenters will have 15 minutes at the programme to deliver summaries of their papers, and time will be allowed for an open forum to allow audience interaction.

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