E-learning SIG and Information Literacy Section: Call for papers IFLA WLIC 2012 Helsinki

Information literacy meets
E-learning: Let's talk
about interconnections and outcomes

Over the past ten years, there has been a growing awareness about the
potential role of E-learning in the context of Information Literacy,
encompassing information literacy instruction through to information literacy
education. E-learning is often regarded
as an effective way to extend library presence through innovative services and
to reach new communities.

As learning and teaching environments develop, librarians are required
to change their own understanding of information literacy skills instruction,
particularly in terms of how to understand and make optimum use of new
E-learning platforms and academic content management systems to help students
construct social knowledge and critical thinking.

The Information Literacy Section and the E-learning Special Interest
Group invite papers that address a number of questions of research and

  • Is there any
    evidence to show that E-learning effectively promotes self-paced and
    sustainable learning in the area of information literacy skills?
  • Has E-learning
    enabled libraries to extend their reach to new populations, or provided their
    existing population with new services and fresh possibilities for learning?
  • While online
    tutorials are mainly used in the academic environment for large populations of
    students, what strategies have been introduced in public libraries to encourage
    lifelong E-learning? 
  • Are there any
    advantages in teaching information literacy skills using a virtual learning
    environment (VLE) or course management systems (such as Moodle, Blackboard,
    WebCT) in a blended learning context?
  • Can information
    literacy education benefit from collaborative learning through forum, chat and
    distance learning class experiences?
  • What aspects of
    information literacy (eg information skills instruction, research process
    education…) are significantly enhanced by the E-learning experience?  What elements of the E-learning have the
    greatest value in information literacy training?
  • Many tutorials
    focus specifically on information seeking and citing sources; can E-learning go
    beyond this to address a wider range of information literacy outcomes?

Proposals should include:

  • An abstract of paper approximately 500 words
  • Attach summary of the author(s) details (name, institution, position)
    and brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words

Proposal submission 

Submit proposals electronically to infolitelearn@gmail.com no later than February 5, 2012 and indicate “IFLA proposal” in the subject line.

Selected presenters will be notified by March 14, 2012.


Presenters will be expected to submit final
versions of their papers by May 14,
  Papers should be in English
(or in one of the official IFLA languages[1], with an English
translation attached).  The language of
the session will be English. Presenters will
have 15 minutes at the programme to deliver summaries of their papers, and time
will be allowed for an open forum to allow audience interaction.

Please note that the Programme Committee has no funds
to assist prospective authors: abstracts should only be submitted on the
understanding that the expenses of the attending the Helsinki conference
(including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of
the authors(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
At least one author will be expected to attend
conference to deliver the paper.
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:

For more information,
please contact Agnes Colnot
agnes.colnot@univ-rennes1.fr or Gillian Hallam g.hallam@qut.edu.au

[1] Arabic, Chinese, English, French,
German, Russian, and Spanish.

Information literacy, E-learning

Last update: 5 October 2012

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