Monday, February 18, 2019

IFLA World Library and Information Congress participation grants

IFLA World Congress logoPlanning to attend the IFLA World Congress in Athens, Greece, this year?

With generous support from a variety of sources, grants and awards are available every year to help delegates attend IFLA World Library and Information Congress, providing financial support to cover congress registration and/or other costs (travel, accommodation, daily expenses). While some grants focus on certain regions or career stages, others are open to all. Be sure to read through the descriptions, check the eligibility criteria for each of the grants and apply for the most suitable one for better success!

IFLA is pleased to announce an expanded range of conference participation grants this year, including a special grant in honour of Margreet Wijnstroom, the first female Secretary General of IFLA. In addition, the International Librarians Network (ILN) generously provides opportunities to librarians in need of support to attend the Congress in Athens.

Some recent calls for grant applicants include:
  •    IFLA WLIC Participation Grants 2019
  •    New Professionals WLIC Attendance Grant 2019 (NEW!)
  •    Margreet Wijnstroom Grant for attending the IFLA WLIC 2019 (NEW!)
  •    International Librarians Network IFLA WLIC Grant 2019 (NEW!)
  •    Dr. Shawky Salem Conference Grant (SSCG) 2019

Find the full list of grants on the IFLA WLIC 2019 website.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Best Student Research Paper Award 2019 

Since 1950, through 67 volumes, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies has been a leader among scholarly journals in the international library and information science world. As part of its strategy to remain one of the premier library and information science journals, Libri is issuing a call for “Best Student Research Paper of 2019.” This competition supports Libri’s goal of publishing the best articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals. We are proud once again to recognize the very best article with this special award.

Students who are currently enrolled for a Masters or PhD or who have completed their Masters or PhD during the 24 months preceding the closing date of the competition[1] are invited to submit articles with clarity and authority. There is no stated theme. Research papers should address one of the significant issues facing today’s librarians and information professionals. Case studies, best practices, and pure research papers are all welcome.
  • Length: approx. 5,000 – 7,000 words (excluding the abstract and list of references) 
  • Language: English 
  • Deadline: June 30, 2019

The best paper will be selected by an independent panel consisting of selected members of the Editorial Board, the Advisory Board and other international experts. Submissions will be judged on the basis of

  • originality of thought and observation 
  • depth of research and scholarship 
  • topicality of problems addressed 
  • the international readership of the journal 
  • the quality of the composition

The article will be published in the 2019:4 issue. The author of the winning article will be honoured with an award of 500.00 € and with a complimentary subscription to Libri for 2020.

Manuscripts should be submitted to When submitting a paper for the Best Student Research Paper Award, please choose “Best Student Research Paper Award” at the drop-down menu “Manuscript Type.”  

Author instructions and further indications of the scope of papers suitable for publication in Libri are available at the Libri site at

 All submissions should include a cover sheet confirming:

  • the name of the institution where the student is or was enrolled 
  • the degree for which the student is or was enrolled 
  • the dates when the student is or was enrolled 
  • the degree/course/module for which the paper was prepared 
  • the date when the paper was written

[1] Exception: Senior information scholars returning to school for additional degrees outside the field of library and information science are not eligible for this award.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Building Best Pactices to Serve Women & Girls - Call for Proposals

The Women, Information, & Libraries Special Interest Group in partnership with Libraries without Borders invites you to submit proposals for our session around Building Best Practices to serve Women & Girls at the IFLA World Congress in Athens, Greece, August 24-30th.

We are looking for proposals that outline concrete examples of how you have successfully or unsuccessfully reached out to and supported women and girls in your local community, gotten them into your spaces, attended your events, and what you have learned from those experiences. We are hoping for a wide variety of experiences from serving women and girls in cities, rural areas, indigenous communities, refugee camps, and everything in between.  We plan to build off these experiences during the session to publish a series of best practices and thematic kits to train actors around the world in empowerment of women and children across the globe.

Submit your abstract before March 10th to