For immediate release | October 23, 2012

Call for International Papers and Projects Session

CHICAGO — The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers and Projects Session scheduled for June 29, 2013.

The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world. The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal.

The 2013 International Papers and Projects theme is: Emerging Technologies, Emerging Economies: Transforming International Libraries.

This program will feature various projects, trends and issues related to the use of emerging technologies in libraries around the world. Particular attention will be given to presentations which highlight the transformation that has occurred in different areas of library service due to technological change. Specific limitations, restrictions and/or creative solutions implemented by librarians are also of interest.

Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include—but are not limited to:

  • E-books and other forms of e-content for mobile devices;
  • Digital libraries (including institutional repositories);
  • Creative use of social media and/or gaming technologies.


Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.

Proposals should include:

  1. Title of the presentation;
  2. Name, title, institutional affiliation and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter;
  3. Abstract (300-500 words);
  4. A short biographical profile of each presenter.

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to International Relations Office via email to with a copy to and

Deadline for submitting proposals is December 21, 2012.


Three official and three (3) alternate proposals will be selected. Alternate proposals will be ranked and considered in place of official ones, in case substitutions are necessary. All proponents will be notified of the selection results by Jan. 27, 2012.


The International Papers & Projects Program is 1.5 hours total. Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a Q & A session. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so. Optionally,presenters may submit a formal paper (5,000-10,000 words), to be published on the International Papers Committee website.

We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on IRRT's International Papers and Projects Session Committee site.


Delin Guerra

Program Officer

International Relations Office (IRO)