Leeds Beckett University, 25-27 March 2024

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Call for Presentations

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

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LILAC welcomes proposals which address information literacy from all sectors and contexts.
There are several different types of presentation you can submit, including short/ long presentations, workshops, panel discussions, wildcards. Check the different types of presentations.

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.

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.

Watch our workshop 'writing a conference presentation abstract for LILAC’, to help you reflect on where your work sits within the landscape. Why does your work matter to the Information Literacy community? How can you best communicate your work to the world? We also explore the different types of papers we accept and what proposals for these should include, plus share some 'best practice' guidance for writing an abstract.

The conference programme team have also written a post with tips and suggestions for writing a presentation proposal LILAC 2024, you can read it on the ILG blog.

Writing a conference presentation abstract


LILAC is committed to encouraging diversity at the conference. We would specifically like to encourage proposals from individuals from groups that are traditionally under-represented in academia, and from those that have not presented at LILAC, or any conference, before.

Accessible presentations

We encourage presenters to make their presentations accessible to people with disabilities.

If you are creating a PowerPoint presentation, check Microsoft guidance on accessibility.

Designing for diverse learners has created guidelines on how to create inclusive digital content.

Copyright Notice

LILAC supports open access and authors retain copyright of presentations showcased at the conference. You are free to deposit a copy in your institutional repository but we would appreciate an acknowledgement that it was first presented at LILAC with a link back to the LILAC website.

Deadline for proposals

  • Call for presentations opens: 2 October 2023
  • Call for presentations deadline: 9 November 2023 (17:00 GMT)
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 15 December 2023
  • Full presentation submission deadline: 4 March 2024


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: 500 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. Explain what you would like to do and tell us what your requirements are in terms of time and space and we will see what we can do.

Abstract length: 500 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.

Posters should be A1 Portrait and printed on paper for display on poster boards.
Please bring the posters with you.
Submit a digital version for the archive in an accessible format,  ideally a PowerPoint or a PDF that will work with a screen reader.

Abstract length: 500 words


Lightning Talk

Have you tried something that didn’t work as well as you had hoped? 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? A lightning talk might be just what you want, 7 minutes to present your work as part of a small group of presentations.  

Abstract Length: 500 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. Find out more about the process and experience in this ILG blog post from one of the LILAC 2023 presenters.

Abstract length: 500 words

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


 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.

LILAC Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree to the LILAC Code of Conduct. The conference committee and organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.


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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Leeds Beckett University, 25-27 March 2024

Leeds Beckett University, 25-27 March 2024