WLIC 2019: Call for papers: Library Love Stories

Call for papers: Library Love Stories

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The IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and Management and Marketing Section is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at a two-hour session at the next IFLA General Conference on 24-30 August 2019 in Athens, Greece.

Library love stories

Would you fall in love in a library? Can a place of culture, knowledge and information be a place of passion?

During the 2-hour session, we would like to address four main issues:

1. Love among users – Are some libraries more suited for people to meet and fall in love? Can libraries and librarians play a role as cultural matchmakers in the community? Can our collections help our users with their love life?

2. Love among librarians – Have you ever fallen in love with a colleague? How should managers deal with a couple in their team? How important are passion and desire in professional relationships?

3. Love between librarians and library users – Can we fall in love on both sides of a reference desk?

4. The dark side of love – How do we manage unwanted love in the library? When does it become harassment, and how do we deal with these situations?

We would like to address these issues traditionally, through a call for papers and an international survey, from the point of view of sociology, geography and library sciences.

Nevertheless, the topic is an opportunity to challenge the conventions of IFLA sessions, for instance through a visual performance or a participatory event.

We are seeking proposals for 7 lightning talks (~6 minutes each) aimed at igniting lively discussions among the audience: share your stories, thoughts, images, films and experiments with us!

The talks may include PowerPoint presentations (but it’s not a must!), a short movie, a slam poem, a sketch, or an intriguing dialogue on the stage. We welcome all innovative and outside-the-box approaches as long as they fit in 6 minutes.

Language of the session

The working language of the session will be English. Nevertheless, presentations can be made in any of the IFLA’s official languages.

Important dates:

All proposals must be submitted by March 15th, 2019.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 1st, 2019.

Successful candidates will submit a full paper by June 1st, 2019. The full paper will be posted online.

Proposals should include:

– Title of proposed presentation

– An abstract of the proposed paper of 500 words maximum, in English

– Name(s) of presenter(s)

– Position or title of presenter(s)

– Employer or affiliated institution of presenter(s)

– Email address

– Short biographical statement(s) regarding the presenter(s)

Proposals will be evaluated by the programme committee, comprising representatives from the New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and the Management and Marketing Section.


All proposals must be in before March 15th, 2019.

Please email your proposals to: npsig.ifla@gmail.com

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.