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Call for papers – IFLA – Creating a Positive Work Environment for a Multi-generational Library and Information Workforce

Posted by bronwynr on November 22, 2008

Call for PapersContinuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and New Professionals Discussion Group present:

Creating a Positive Work Environment for a Multi-generational Library and Information Workforce

The IFLA Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) and the New Professionals Discussion Group (NPDG) are facilitating this program session at the next IFLA World Library & Information Congress (23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy)

This program session will focus on the generational challenges facing the library and information profession. These include attracting and retaining new professionals, developing leaders, managing across the generations, knowledge sharing and succession planning.

The session will include reports from the IFLA satellite conference organised by CPDWL and NPDG: “Moving In, Moving Up, and Moving On: Strategies for Regenerating the Library and Information Profession” (18-20 August 2009, Bologna, Italy)

The IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section and New Professionals Discussion Group is now seeking proposals from others to present as part of the program.

We are particularly interested in proposals which explore these topics:

What are the challenges involved in creating a positive work environment for a multi-generational workforce, and how best can we meet those challenges?

Do our organizational structures provide the best development opportunities for both new and existing professionals? If not, can we change them – and how?

Those interested in contributing to this program session should not be limited by those questions.  Any proposal which addresses the broad themes of this program session is of interest and will be considered.

Important Dates and Timelines

Please e-mail proposals by December 15, 2008 to and

Proposals should include:
a) Title of proposed presentation
b) Outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 300 words)
c) Name(s) of presenter(s)
d) Position or title of presenter(s)
e) Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution
f) E-mail address
g) Telephone/fax numbers
h) Short biographical statement regarding the presenter/s

All proposers will be advised at the end of February 2009 of the outcome of the review and selection of proposals.

The presenters selected for the program at the Milan conference will be asked to submit a formal paper (for inclusion on the IFLA conference website) no later than May 1, 2009. Papers can be submitted in one of the official IFLA working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish.

The language of the session is English however presenters may also give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages. Simultaneous translation is not guaranteed.

(Note: 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 can be issued to authors/presenters if that is required.)


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