Call for Proposals

Submission deadline: 15th  February 2019

The 2019 ILN Spring Symposium will take place April 24-25 at New York University-Abu Dhabi with the theme “Education, Impact, and Reflections.” The planning committee invites proposals for potential symposium sessions to take place during the 2-day event. To complete the proposal form, you will require the following information:


Speakers and proposer: Name, Job Title, Institution and Email for session proposer and all speakers; bio for each session speaker (50 words max per person).


Session information: session format (see below), session title, session description (max 100 words), session setup requests, and a description of why your session is relevant to libraries in the Gulf Region right now and how you think delegates will benefit from attending it (max 200 words).

Your presentation should follow one of the following formats:


  • Research Report. This will be a 40-minute presentation with an additional 10 minutes for questions. If accepted, you will have the option of submitting a research paper to the online conference proceedings.

  • Workshop. This will be a 40-minute hands-on workshop with an additional 10 minutes for questions. It will illustrate the use of an instructional strategy, concept, practice, or tool related to information literacy.

  • Panel Discussion. This will be a 50-minute discussion on a ‘hot’ topic in information literacy with a minimum of three speakers. (Note that we would prefer you to identify all speakers to present. However, if this is not possible, feel free to present yourself as one speaker to your suggested topic, and if accepted, we might be able to help you find other speakers and a moderator.)

  • Lightning Talk. This will be a 5-minute presentation plus two minutes for questions on a tool or strategy for information literacy instruction; something you have tried or would like to try.

  • Poster Presentation. You will be required to bring a poster related to instruction, trends or research in information literacy. The poster will be on display at least one full day and we will ask you to introduce it during symposium coffee breaks and/or lunch.


Thank you in advance to all that submit proposals. Session proposals likely to be accepted are those that relate to this year’s theme and are relevant to the GCC. We will review and respond to submissions as per the schedule posted on ‘Important Dates’ symposium page. You are welcome to submit more than one proposal.


Also, note that all presenters will also have to register for the Spring Symposium as attendees.

If you have any questions regarding proposal submissions, please contact Jeff Verbeem