• Call for papers

Call for papers

Find out more about the types of paper you could submit for next year's conference.

LILAC welcomes proposals which address information literacy from all sectors and contexts. In 2018 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.

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

The call for papers is now closed.

Important dates for your diary:

  • Call for papers opens: 3 October 2017
  • Call for papers deadline: 15 November 2017 (17:00 GMT)
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 22 December 2017
  • Full presentation submission deadline: 19 March 2018

To submit your paper, you will need to create a LILAC account. Register for an online 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:

Masterclass - New for 2018!

A Masterclass takes a workshop style and can be 30 or 60 minutes in length. The masterclass is where you can share something that you do in your practice. Think of it as a Teachmeet with more time. We want to hear about your good practices that you have refined as your own over a period of time. This could cover any aspect of information literacy instruction. Treat this as a window into something that you do that works really well that you want to share.

Abstract length: 300 words



The Lagadothon is a fun and exciting format which enables you to showcase your prototypes for new and original IL products/games/innovations, with the winning prototype receiving financial support to enable further development. Once accepted you will deliver a 10 minute pitch to small groups of delegates and the judges. This is a great space to share and receive feedback from professional colleagues.

Abstract length: 500 words



Workshops are a way for you to share your classroom originality with others. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate new approaches and creativity in the classroom. Your workshop should give delegates the opportunity to engage with new content, pedagogical methods and innovative activities throughout. When submitting your abstract we ask you to include a summary of the intended learning outcomes and a workshop plan outlining activities and timings. Workshops are 60 minutes long.

There are 2 options for a workshop; you can select a Workshop to take place in a classroom, or a Computer Workshop which would take place in a PC lab with computers.

Abstract length: 500 words (including workshop outline)


Short papers

Have you recently completed an information literacy project? Has it altered your practice in some way? Short papers are an ideal opportunity for you to report on recently completed projects, innovations or other developments in the field of information literacy. Short papers give you 20 minutes to take a high level overview of key elements of the project and share both what you did and what has changed.

Abstract length: 300 words


Long papers

Have you completed an information literacy research project or worked on a recent information literacy innovation and evaluated the outcome? A long paper will provide you with a forum in which you can disseminate your findings with some detail.

Long papers are 35 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.

Abstract length: 500 words



Think of a symposium as a wider discussion or a debate on a topic or a theme. What topics are hot in information literacy in your sector? You should be capable of facilitating a room of people to encourage audience participation and interaction. We encourage submissions from individuals from different institutions and sectors working together who will bring unique perspectives on the topic being discussed.

Symposia are 60 minutes long.

Abstract length: 500 words



If you have data to share, research findings, an innovative application or an unfinished project to progress report on then a poster is the ideal type of paper for you. Poster presenters should be available to discuss their work at a scheduled time during the conference, during which you will have the opportunity discuss your work with interested delegates.

We accept both printed and interactive electronic posters. Select from a printed or interactive poster when submitting.

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 view an example in our archive.

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. In 2017 we accepted 88 out of 123 submissions.
  • 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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