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Call for papers

The call for papers for LILAC 2017 is now closed. Find out more about the types of paper you could submit for next year's conference.

The LILAC 2017 call for papers is now closed. 

LILAC welcomes proposals which address information literacy from all sectors and contexts. In 2017 we invite you to present on any aspect of information literacy, there are no specific themes. We ask that your proposal makes explicit reference to your innovative practice or research in information literacy. All submissions to the conference are peer reviewed before acceptance.

This year we are accepting abstracts for the Lagadothon via the online submission system too, so read below for information on how to submit your abstract.

Our short video provides some insight into our review process and also some top tips to take into account when writing your abstract.

Submissions must be received by Wednesday 2nd November 2016 (17:00 GMT).

Important dates for your diary:

  • Call for papers opens: 3 October 2016
  • Call for papers deadline: 2 November 2016 (17:00 GMT)
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 21 December 2016
  • Full presentation submission deadline: 20 March 2017

To submit your paper, you will need to create a LILAC account. Click here to register for an account and once logged in follow the instructions under "Submit Your Paper".

Register to submit your paper


There are a number of different types of paper you can submit and they are as follows:


This exciting new format enables presenters to showcase their prototypes for new IL products/games/innovations to small groups of delegates in a supportive environment. Presenters deliver concurrent 10 minute demonstrations whilst gathering feedback and ideas for improvement. The winning prototype will receive support to enable further development. See the Lagadothon page for details on last year's entries.

Abstract length: 500 words



Workshops are actively encouraged to demonstrate new approaches and creativity in the classroom. They involve active participation and discussion giving delegates the opportunity to engage with new content, pedagogical methods and innovative activities. You can submit a proposal for a workshop to take place in a room with computers or in a classroom.

Your abstract should include a summary of the intended outcomes and a workshop plan outlining activities and timings. Workshops are 60 minutes long.

Abstract length: 500 words (including workshop outline)


Short papers

Short papers should report on recently completed projects, innovations or other developments. A key requirement is that the paper has a clear focus that highlights the key elements of the project. Short papers should be no more than 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.

Abstract length: 300 words


Long papers

Long papers will typically report on completed and evaluated in-depth projects, research or innovations. Long papers should be 35 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.

Abstract length: 500 words



A symposium will involve audience participation and interaction. They could take the form of a debate or may present different viewpoints on a theme. A symposium will normally be led by two or more people and we would encourage submissions from individuals from different institutions and sectors. Symposia are 60 minutes long.

Abstract length: 500 words



Posters are a way to share information visually, such as research findings or innovative applications: they can be used to visualise the progress of an unfinished project, outline collaboration and share data. This year we are accepting both printed and interactive electronic posters. For both submissions you will need to subtract a 300 word abstract. Presenters will be expected to be available to discuss their work at a specified time during the conference. At this time you will be able to talk with interested delegates about your work.

For printed posters you can provide one A4 handout to further explain your work. Your poster should be no larger than A1 (594 x 841 mm) and in portrait format.

Interactive electronic posters should contain links to supporting online information. These will displayed on touch screens. You can see an example from 2016 here.

Abstract length: 300 words (plus an appendix of extra content for interactive posters)


Please note:

  • We recommend your paper title is clear and reflective of your presentation's content.
  • We also require 3 keywords to define your paper. These should not include broad terms like ‘information literacy’ but be unique to your paper submission.
  • All submissions should have citations, where necessary, in the author, title style. Reference lists will not be included in the word count.
  • Your abstract should include why people should attend the talk and what they might get out of it. You should consider how you are going to engage LILAC delegates, some of whom attend every year.
  • Even if your submission meets the criteria, it does not guarantee acceptance. We receive many high quality submissions and not all can be accommodated within the programme. Last year we accepted 84/140.
  • All presenters will be expected to register as delegates and are eligible for the discounted/early bird rate.
  • All presentations will be made available in our online archive following the conference.

Present @ LILAC

LILAC is great opportunity for our fellow professionals to present their ideas, share best practice and show case new thinking in our sector. If you have an idea then we'd love to hear about it. We have many options for the types of sessions you might run from a symposium to a workshop. Visit our Call for papers page to find out how to apply.

Book your place

Places at this year's conference are likely to be in demand more than ever before. Each year our conference grows increasingly popular and this year promises to be no different. Don't miss out and book your place now for this year's conference.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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