Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Knowledge Management Section


"How does knowledge management inform change agency?"

The IFLA Knowledge Management Section invites interested professionals to submit proposals for the open session to be held during IFLA WLIC in Wroclaw, Poland, from 19-25 August 2017.

Knowledge management and information professionals will contribute to the 2017 WLIC theme of Libraries, Solidarity and Society by sharing examples of organizational change management. Abstracts/papers that focus on the role of knowledge managers and information professionals in organizational change management are welcome. Any exploration of methods for communication and training, establishing solidarity with those affected by change, as well as case studies on adoption of innovation in the library, workplace, academe, and society will be considered for this open session.

Abstracts/proposals with an emphasis on using knowledge management techniques, strategies, and tools to facilitate change readiness and adoption will be especially considered.

Submission Guidelines

The proposals must be submitted in an electronic format and must contain:

  • Title of abstract/paper.
  • Summary of abstract (250 – 300 words maximum).
  • Speaker’s name, address, telephone number(s), professional affiliation, email address, keywords and biographical note.
  • Authors whose abstracts are selected should prepare full papers that should not be longer than 5000 words.

Important dates

24 February 2017:  Deadline for submission of abstracts
10 March 2017: Notification of acceptance/rejection
2 June 2017: Deadline for submission of full paper


All proposals must be in before 24 February 2017.

Submissions should be sent as email attachments, by the dates indicated above, to:

Elizabeth Turner
Chair, IFLA Knowledge Management Section 2017 Open Session

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Knowledge Management Section Standing Committee.

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