• 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 2019 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.

The call for papers is now closed. We will provide more information for 2019 submissions in the autumn.


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


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



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


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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