University of Cambridge, 19-21 April 2023

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Call for Presentations

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

The call for presentations is now open

The call for presentations for LILAC 2023 is now open and it will close on the 16 November 2022 (17:00 GMT).

LILAC welcomes proposals which address information literacy from all sectors and contexts. In 2023 we invite you to present on any aspect of information literacy, there are no specific themes. We ask that your presentation makes explicit reference to your innovative practice or research in information literacy.
There are several different types of presentation you can submit, including short/ long presentations, workshops, panel discussions, wildcards, and at LILAC 2023 we are also introducing TeachMeets & poster presentations. Check the different types of presentations.

We recognise that preparing to write your conference abstract for a proposed presentation can be quite a daunting task, especially if you haven't done it before. We are hosting a 'Writing a conference presentation abstract for LILAC 2023’ workshop on Friday 14th October, 2-3pm BST (online). This workshop will explore the different types of presentations you can submit and what proposals for these should include. We will be showing some “best practice” guidance as well as answering pre-submitted questions from attendees.

LILAC is committed to encouraging diversity at the conference and we would specifically like to encourage proposals from ethnic minorities and other under-represented communities and sectors.

Deadline for proposals:

  • Call for presentations opens: 6 October 2022
  • Call for presentations deadline: 16 November 2022 (17:00 GMT)
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 16 December 2022
  • Full presentation submission deadline: 30 March 2023

To submit a presentation you will need to register for an account, if you already have an account then you just need to login and go to ‘my account’ where you’ll see details of how to submit.
All submissions to the conference are anonymously peer reviewed before acceptance.


There are several different types of presentation you can submit and they are as follows:


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 presentation

Have you recently completed an information literacy project? Has it altered your practice in some way? Short presentations are an ideal opportunity for you to report on recently completed projects, innovations or other developments in the field of  information literacy. Short presentations 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 (30 minutes total).

Abstract length: 300 words


Long presentation

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

Long presentations are 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions (60 minutes total).

Abstract length: 500 words


Panel Discussion

Do you want to present a wider view of a specific topic you have been working on? Is there a hot topic in IL that you think is relevant to everyone irrespective of the sector they work in? Do you want to share your experiences alongside a diverse range of voices, experiences and environments? If so then you might want to hold a panel discussion. 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.

Panel discussions are 60 minutes long.

Abstract length: 500 words



We still want to hear from you even if your work does not suit any of the formats that we have on offer! Use the Wildcard option to  suggest something different and we can have a chat about how we can accommodate your suggestion in relation to the place and space that we are using.

Abstract length: 300 words



Have you worked on a project that would best be communicated visually? Posters are a fabulous conference entry point to display an aspect of your practice using images and text via print.

Abstract length: 300 words



What innovative approaches to teaching activities have you undertaken? What information literacy activities have worked to engage your communities? Would you like to share a resource that you have created in an informal setting? Then the Teachmeet is for you. You will have 7 minutes to share with delegates as part of a round robin session. 

Abstract Length: 300 words


Open Review

Would you like to see your writing published in the Journal of Information Literacy? Would it be helpful to receive peer feedback through discussion? Submit your draft paper to the conference for an open review with 4/5 information literacy peers and the journal editors in a live discussion taking place during the conference.

Abstract length: 300 words

It will be necessary for you to have a draft of the paper suitable for review for the conference dates.


Writing a conference presentation abstract for LILAC 2023 workshop

Friday 14th October, 2-3pm BST (online)

Preparing to write your conference abstract for a proposed presentation can be  quite a daunting task.

In this workshop we would like to answer questions and prompt discussions amongst you about what you can think about and do before you write a conference abstract proposal for LILAC. To do that it is important to understand the purpose of a conference abstract: is it to summarise the content? To engage the audience? to inform and connect with delegates? Or all of these? 

At LILAC, our anonymised peer reviewers are asked to look for papers that are critical, relevant, have something innovative or important to say, are well researched and clearly show a connection to Information Literacy in both theory and practice. Many papers that could show great work are not selected because their proposals do not demonstrate these things. Think of it as a job application; unless you clearly evidence why you meet the criteria, you are not going to get invited to interview.

This year we’re opening up the types of papers we will accept, from the traditional long and short paper format to including TeachMeets and poster presentations. This workshop will explore all these types of paper and what proposals for these should include. We will be showing some “best practice” guidance as well as answering pre-submitted questions from the attendees.

The workshop will be led by Sam Aston (University of Manchester) and Jess Haigh (Leeds Beckett University) both of whom are members of the LILAC programme team. Sam and Jess will encourage you to work together and to reflect upon the following questions: 

Where does your work sit within the landscape? Why does your work matter to the Information Literacy community? How can you best communicate your work to the world?

The workshop will be recorded in part. There will be an opportunity for questions to also be asked at the end of the session which will not be recorded.

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 Please note:

  • We recommend your title is clear and reflective of your presentation's content.
  • We also require 3 keywords to define your presentation. These should not include broad terms like ‘information literacy’ but be unique to your 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. The acceptance rate for the conference varies but is typically 65-75%. .
  • 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 Presentations 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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