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CFP: Managing Human Resources in the library and information context: How do we want to work tomorrow (IFLA Satellite Meeting)

By sgodbey on September 28, 2015 5:13 PM | Permalink

IFLA Satellite meeting, Toronto, Canada August 10-11 2016

Call for Program Proposals

Managing Human Resources in the library and information context:

How do we want to work tomorrow?

The library environment is currently characterized by many challenges due to profound changes driven by a variety of factors, including, technological, economic, socio-political, and educational developments. At the heart of these changes we find our most valuable resource, the personnel working in libraries. Human resource management is therefore at the forefront of many complex issues and opportunities, which need to be understood, debated, and deliberated upon, in order to strengthen our organizations and find new and dynamic solutions to unique problems, currently challenging the library environment.

Keeping the above in mind, the IFLA Management and Marketing Section is organizing a satellite meeting on «Managing Human Resources in the library and information context: How do we want to work tomorrow?» to take place before the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in 2016.

Research papers, case studies and articles are invited. We encourage innovative and practical perspectives on current and forward looking approaches to library human resource management initiatives, programs, issues, and policies. An indicative list (not exhaustive) of such areas is stated below:
Change management/innovation and human resources
Changing needs for highly qualified people (HQP)
Competencies/training/education (initial and continuing)
Organizational structures/models/cultures
Leadership/motivation/management of teamwork
New roles/tasks/functions (professional/non-professional)
Job analysis and job market for library personnel
Ethical/deontological issues
Performance evaluations
Working with unions
Equitable salary structures
Life balance
Turnover/retention/succession planning
Hiring practices
Gender imbalance in libraries
International comparisons
Historical aspects


University of Toronto, Hart House (Canada)

How to submit a proposal

Interested persons are invited to submit a proposal for a paper and presentation of about 20-25 minutes on the topics listed above.
The conference presentations will have to be given in English or in French (funding for simultaneous translation has been requested). Proposals may be sent in any IFLA official language.
The proposal should be not more that 500 words long (1 page), be submitted in electronic format, and be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae of the author(s).

Proposals should be sent to:

Professor Réjean Savard, Ph.D

EBSI – Université de Montréal (Canada)

Proposal evaluation: Evaluation of the proposals will be based on scientific quality (pertinence, theoretical base, methodology, originality) and on the competencies of the candidate(s) based upon: quality/quantity of their publications/communications; importance; relationship with the theme of the colloquium, professional experience etc.

The following schedule will be applied:

1 December 2015: Deadline to submit proposals
25 February 2016: Notification of acceptance and dissemination of the program
1 June 2016: Deadline for authors to submit the final papers
10-11 August 2016: Meeting
Autumn 2016: Publication of the proceedings