Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Audiovisual and Multimedia Section joint with Information Literacy Section and School Libraries Section


"Media is the Message: Critical Use of Video in the Digital Age"

The IFLA Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS) joined by, Information Literacy Section and School Libraries Section invite interested professionals to submit proposals for the open session to be held during IFLA WLIC in Wroclaw, Poland, from 19-25 August 2017.

The way we communicate and interact has changed significantly over the last few years. Driven by digital network technologies, we increasingly use new approaches, tools and media types to collaborate and share information. Intensive use of digital media impacts our entire life cycle, from pre-school to university to the workforce and daily life. Ultimately, these changes have a profound effect on the way we find, evaluate, and organize information.

It has become very popular to find, share, and communicate information via short videos on digital networks like Facebook and Twitter, using simple aids such as smartphones and free web applications. As creators and consumers of information delivered in this format, we need to develop skills that enable us to think critically about media messages, the media we use to create our own messages, and the information contained therein.

In this open session we would like to see innovative approaches to media and information literacy that empower us to ACCESSANALYZEEVALUATECREATE, and ACT, using video in the classroom, the lecture hall, the workplace, or the boardroom.

We hope to showcase ideas from diverse institutions: school, public, academic, government, nonprofit or industry libraries.

Some examples of possible topics are:

  • Librarians’ role in teaching video skills
  • Libraries as video service centers
  • Teaching the literacy of video information creation and consumption
  • Library collections of student-made or community-made videos
  • Student videos for school library advocacy
  • Creating video assignments as an alternative to research papers
  • Evaluating non-print media sources: how to translate traditional information literacy concepts of authority and purpose
  • How is authority constructed in the context of YouTube channels?
  • Designing and assessing information literacy outcomes in relation to makerspaces

Submission Guidelines

  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details, including name, position, affiliation, and email address of each author, is 31st January 2017. Selection of papers will be based on the abstract. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Audiovisual and Multimedia Section, the Information Literacy Section, and the School Libraries Section. Selection of papers will be based on the abstract. Presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by the end of March 2016.
  2. The full paper is due on 31st May 2017 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.
  3. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort.
  4. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced.
  5. The conference will be conducted in English. All proposals, papers and presentations will be required to be in English.
  6. 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read. It is strongly recommended that the presentation is supported by a visual element such as PowerPoint, Prezi, or other presentation software.
  7. Authors should indicate their personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper.

Important dates

31 January 2017 – All proposals must be received;

31 March 2017 – Successful candidates will be notified;

31 May 2017 – Submit the full paper along with the accurate title of the paper on an author permission form so that the paper may be posted online.


All proposals must be received by 31 January 2017.

Please email your abstract to:

Michael Miller, Chair, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section


Deborah Benrubi, Program Coordinator, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section 2017

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Wrocław, Poland. 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 2017 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 authors.

Congress Participation Grants

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