IFLA Library Theory and Research Section – Action Plan 2015 - 2017

by LTR members

Publisher: Simon Koiudjam Yameni

IFLA Library Theory and Research Section – Action Plan 2015 - 2017 The IFLA Library Theory and Research Section’s objectives are to:

  • Promote sound research methodology and evidence based practice in library and information Science;
  • Promote reflection and discussion internationally on the theoretical bases of Library and Information Science
  • Provide methodological expertise and support for selected projects closely aligned to IFLA's Strategic Directions;
  • Stimulate discussion and debate about theory and research in relation to activities that contribute to IFLA's Strategic Directions; and
  • Disseminate the Library Theory and Research Section’s programs and satellite conferences through open access journal and book publications.

The Section’s Action Plan is underpinned by its objectives, within the framework of IFLA’s Strategic Plan and Key Initiatives. The Standing Committee members are listed at the end of this document. A Communication Plan lays out the activities, intended audiences and responsibilities for promoting the Actions below. Strategic Direction 1: Libraries in Society Key Initiative: Libraries within a changing environment Action Objective Responsibility Frequency/Date Data Curator Project To develop a glossary of definitions and an ontology relating to the concepts and responsibilities involved in a data curator role Anna Maria Tammaro, Heidi Kristin Olsen, Carolynn Rankin, Sandore Namachchivaya Beth, Terry Weech, Krystyna Matusiak collaborating with Information Technology Section 2015-2016 Linkedin Project To stimulate discussion about theory and research through sharing experiences, advice and publications about research in library and information science Heidi Kristin Olsen Ongoing Key Initiative: Changing attitudes and perceptions Disseminate Library Theory and Research Knowledge To promote library theory and research by publishing papers delivered at the Section’s open sessions and satellite conferences through open access books and journals:

  • Publish papers from the 2014 Congress open session"Libraries in the Political Process: benefits and risks of political visibility" in Library Trends.
  • Investigate the Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics (ARCHI) as a potential journal to publish papers from the 2014 Open Session and Satellite

Conference Program Committee members Peter Lor Jennifer Weil Arns Ongoing Satellite "Theory and research on the convergence of professional identity in cultural heritage institutions (Libraries, Museums, and Archives) beyond technology" Communication Plan To develop a plan for information sharing and promotion of the Section and its activities through online, social media and traditional communication channels The SC committee gives to Jacqueline Bayer, student from Humboldt University and volunteering to accept the task of preparing a LTR communication strategy for young generation Simon Jules Koudjam, Raphaëlle Bats, Krystyna Matusiak December 2015 Strategic Direction 2: Information and Knowledge Key Initiative: A sustainable information environment 2016 Open Session “Participatory Projects in Libraries: Connecting Collaborative Communities” To plan and organize the 2016 open session at the Columbus, Ohio, IFLA Congress Co-Chairs Milan Vasiljevic and Raphaëlle Bats with Jennifer Arns, Sandore Namachchivaya Beth August 2016 2017 Open Session – theme TBC To plan and organize the 2017 open session at the Wroclaw IFLA Congress Heidi Kristin Olsen, Gaby Haddow, Krystyna Matusiak, Carolynn Rankin August 2017 2017 Satellite Conference – theme TBC To plan and organize the 2017 satellite conference at the Wroclaw IFLA Congress Heidi Kristin Olsen August 2017 Petra Hauke stressed the importance of attracting young professionals to research methods and theory, organizing something such as Doctoral Colloquium or Research Clinics Library History Special Interest Group To endorse and support the role and activities of the Library History SIG All Standing Committee members, Kerry Smith Ongoing De Gruyter Saur/IFLA Research Paper Award To participate in the De Gruyter Research Award through suggesting themes and serving as jury for submissions All Standing Committee members Annual Strategic Direction 3: Cultural Heritage Key Initiative: Preservation of cultural heritage 2016 Open Session for SIG Library History To plan an organize the 2016 SIG Library History open session on the theme “History of Indigenous Knowledge” Kerry Smith, Standing Committee members August 2016 Strategic Direction 4: Capacity Building Key Initiative: Advancing leadership Young professionals’ membership in the Library Theory and Research Section To promote the Section to and attract young professions to participate in the Library Theory and Research Section All Standing Committee members Ongoing 2016 Satellite Conference “International Quality Assessment of LIS Education Programs” To plan and organize the 2016 satellite conference Jennifer Arns, Anna Maria Tammaro, Terry Weech collaborating with Education and Training Section August 2016 Key Initiative: Building participation Section Meetings To schedule two open meetings of the Section at the annual IFLA Congress and virtual meetings between congresses Anna Maria Tammaro Ongoing Section Newsletter To publish the Section Newsletter twice a year in electronic form through the Section’s web pages Krystyna Matusiak Ongoing Suggestions:

  1. To tie the 2016 Satellite theme more closely to “A sustainable information environment”? – For example, “We will build a set of resources to inform our policy work on access to information, data and knowledge.” It is possible, by working with the Statistics and Evaluation section, we might be able to include evaluating the impact of advocacy activities in the call for papers.
  2. 2. The IFLA KI “we will measure the progress of access to information and its impact on the Sustainable Development Goals” is an opportunity for the LTR Section to be involved – but how?
  3. 3. Organise a satellite for 2017 relating to the use of multiple languages in our profession, e.g.: (1) For IFLA, how can we be less anglophone and Anglo-American in our thinking? (2) How do IFLA delegates who are not English-speaking experience the WLIC? (3) Is the predominance of English in scholarly literature (generally and in LIS more specifically) increasing? (4) How does this affect libraries in non-English speaking countries? (5) what is the current state of the art in machine translation and is this relevant to libraries?

Publications, Library Theory and Research

Last update: 7 May 2018