Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Copyright and other Legal Matters Advisory Committee joint with Information Literacy Section


"Models for Copyright Education in Information Literacy Programs"

The IFLA Copyright and other Legal Matters Advisory Committee and the IFLA Information Literacy Section welcome proposals from individuals and organizations for an offsite session to be held on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the University of Lower Silesia, Strzegomska 55, 53-611, Wrocław, Poland.

Objectives of the offsite session

The purpose of this day-long event is to discuss models for education on copyright, licensing, and other legal matters within the scope of information literacy programs. We encourage proposals to share views and implementations on copyright education in libraries and in universities aimed at introducing instructors, students, and librarians to the history, current laws, and application of copyright law. The session will focus on effective teaching methods of the full range of copyright and licensing issues for libraries, research and publication, and education: exclusive rights, copyright duration, limitations and exceptions, digital copyright, licensing in the digital environment, applications of the law nationally, the international copyright system, and the legal framework for open access licensing.

The offsite session will be devoted to methodologies for providing a comprehensive knowledge of the legal landscape for copyright, licensing, and related legal and policy matters in libraries and universities. Due to time constraints, presentations focused on advocacy or to promotion of particular views on copyright reform are beyond the scope of the session.

Topics of interest

Subjects of interest may include:

  • Implementations of copyright education into information literacy programs
  • Integration of copyright and licensing issues into the LIS curriculum
  • Experience with copyright education programs and initiatives in libraries and higher education
  • Knowledge of copyright as a fundamental requirement in higher education and research
  • Building information literacy in copyright, licensing, and related legal matters
  • Legal frameworks for open access licensing
  • Knowledge of copyright, licensing, and related issues for participation in the information society

Target audience

The session may be of interest to library directors; librarians with responsibilities for copyright and other legal matters; information literary specialists; library and information science educators; and policy specialists.

Submission Guidelines

We are requesting proposals for 20-minute presentations in English. Powerpoint slides are strongly advised.

Proposals should include:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Full abstract of 250-500 words
  • Author’s full name, professional affiliation including organization, city, and country, address, and email address
  • Full name, professional affiliation including organization, city, and country, address, and email address for additional presenters
  • Brief biographical information of up to 200 words for author (full CV is not needed)

The offsite meeting will be conducted in English. The full presentations are required to be in English. 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 proposals must be received by 15 March 2017.

Proposals should be sent by completing the online proposal form at:

Successful applicants will be advised of the acceptance of their proposals by 1 April 2017.

The full text of presentations that the author intends to publish on the IFLA conference website should be submitted for review by 15 June 2017, to:

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Member, IFLA Information Literacy Section,

All papers presented must be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence; authors of submitted papers have to sign IFLA’s Author’s Permission Form which formalises this. All papers presented will be made available through the IFLA Library in advance.Further information will be available on the WLIC2017 Guidelines for Authors and Presenters page in due course.

Important Dates

15 March 2017 Completing the online proposal form at:
1 April 2017 Notification to authors
15 June 2017 Submission of full text

Please note

  • The conference organizers are pursuing a publication outlet for papers. Further information will be released when available. Authors wishing for their papers to be published in an academic journal may notify the session organizers at any time.
  • Presentations may also be posted to the IFLA conference website for the offsite meeting, following the instructions in the 2017 WLIC Guidelines for Paper Authors and Presenters.

Congress Participation Grants

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No particular financial support can be provided by IFLA for participants in this session, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors. A list of opportunities for general support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Thank you in advance for your interest!

Contact information:

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Member, IFLA Information Literacy Section

Tomas A. Lipinski
Member, IFLA Copyright and Other Legal Matters Advisory Committee

Janice T. Pilch
Member, IFLA Copyright and Other Legal Matters Advisory Committee