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*IFLA Library Theory And Research Section (LTR) and Education And Training
Section (SET)  Joint Open session*


THEME: *International and Comparative Librarianship: Valid, Relevant and*

*Authentic Research and Education*

Colleagues from around the world are invited to submit an abstract for
consideration for a paper to be presented at the LTR-SET Open Session, in
collaboration with the LIS Education in Developing Countries Special
Interest Group (SIG).

The IFLA Section on Library Theory and Research (LTR) and Section for
Education and Training (SET) seek papers for an Open Session on the
topic *International
and Comparative Librarianship: Valid, Relevant and Authentic Research and
Education.* This topic has been chosen in accordance with the main theme of
the conference*, **"**Libraries Now! - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering.**"

We are particularly interested in papers and perspectives from LIS
educators, scholars, practitioners, students and community partners that
will contribute to raising the standard of research and education in
international librarianship and cross-national comparisons.  Research and
practice-based papers must be original, covering research and education on
international and comparative librarianship, especially those addressing
issues related to validity, relevance and authenticity such as:

       Methodological issues in international and comparative research

       Comparative studies (e.g., policy, practices, etc.)

       Comparative studies of library, archival, museum and/or information

       Critical approaches to international development aid in LIS

       Theory, evaluation and approaches to international LIS education

       International cooperation in LIS education and research

       Applications of international library, archival or museum standards

Preference will be given to papers that reflect critically on theory and

*Language of the session: *The paper should be in one of the IFLA official
languages. It is suggested that if the presentation is delivered in one of
the other official languages, then the slides should be in English.  NOTE:
Proposals should be in English.

*Important dates and information:  *Proposals for papers must be submitted
by: *1st February  2012* to Clara M. Chu [log in to unmask] and Marydee Ojala
[log in to unmask]* *The proposal should clearly indicate the session it
is for and include a title, an abstract (maximum 750 words), plus a brief
biography (150 words) for each author and contact details. All proposals
should be submitted in English even if the paper will be in another
official IFLA language. Do indicate the language of the final paper if it
is not English. All proposals will be reviewed by a committee representing
the IFLA Sections on Library Theory and Research, and Education and
Training, and the LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG. Please address
general queries to the Open Session Co-Chairs Peter Lor
[log in to unmask] (LTR)
and Clara M. Chu [log in to unmask] (SET).

Successful candidates will be notified by end of February 2012* *and must
supply the full paper by* 11 May 2012 *to allow time for the review of
papers and preparation of translations*.  *Details on the format and length
of the final paper will be emailed to those candidates whose abstracts are
accepted*. *

At least one of the paper's authors must present the paper at the IFLA 2012
joint LTR-SET Open Session in Helsinki.  PLEASE NOTE that the sections have
no funds to assist prospective authors: abstracts should only be submitted
on the understanding that the expenses of attending the IFLA conference
(including travel, expenses and registration fee) will be the
responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers. Some
national professional associations may be able to help fund certain
expenses, and a small number of grants for conference attendance may be
available at: