call for papers


The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites proposals for papers and posters for the 40th Annual IATUL Conference in Perth, Western Australia, 23-27th June 2019.

IATUL offers an influential and inclusive community of university library directors from around the world. The Annual Conference is a unique opportunity to share views and develop new collaborations.

The IATUL 2019 Conference will provide opportunity to explore challenges and innovative solutions at an international scale to address the conference theme:

Shifting Sands and Rising Tides: Leading Libraries through Innovation

Technology has disrupted the role and the identity of the academic library, providing many opportunities and challenges requiring leadership and innovative solutions. These include digital and open sources of knowledge, online tools and services for students, teachers and researchers, and the increasingly important, but changed, role of the library’s physical place on campus. Proposals should consider:

  • Next Generation Information Discovery and Access
  • Best Practice in Information and Digital Literacy
  • Structures and Skills for Future Work
  • Library Spaces for Outstanding Student Experience and Research Excellence
  • Pathways to F.A.I.R. (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) Research
  • Strategic Advocacy and Partnerships, Locally and Globally
  • Value and Impact with Data Analytics and Business Intelligence

Proposals should reflect international perspectives and provide insight into regional issues, with the aim of engaging attendees in networking and relationship/capacity building.

Important dates

Deadline for proposals/abstracts: 21 January 2019 Extended to 4 February 2019

Notification of acceptance: 26 February 2019 5 March 2019

Submission of final abstract and biographical note ready for publication on the website: 8 April 2019

Submission of full-text paper for conference proceedings: 14 June 2019 Extended to 31 July 2019

Instructions for abstracts, papers and posters

  • Please keep the length of your abstract to 2,000 characters including spaces and your biographical note to 500 characters including spaces.
  • All papers submitted must be original, and not have been published or presented before.
  • Abstract, papers and power point presentation will be published online.
  • Authors of accepted papers/poster must attend the conference for the paper/poster to be presented.
  • Authors will be given 20 minutes to present their paper with 5 additional minutes for discussion with the audience.
  • Authors are encouraged to consider how they can make their presentations engaging to the audience, and whether the topic would lend itself to an interactive format. Authors may be approached by the Program Committee to discuss alternative forms of presentation.
  • Posters will be displayed in a designated space at the conference venue. More information about poster format will be forthcoming.

Please 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 IATUL.

Selection criteria

The IATUL Program Committee will evaluate submissions for quality, relevance to the conference, theme, clarity, originality and timeliness.

Best Poster Award

The posters will be evaluated by a committee of IATUL Board members for content, innovation, and presentation of the poster.