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Call for Papers

Submissions Closed
The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites proposals for papers and posters for the 43rd Annual IATUL Conference in the United Arab Emirates, 13-16 March 2023. IATUL offers an influential and inclusive community of university library directors from around the world. The Annual Conference is a unique opportunity to share views and develop new collaborations.

Papers are invited on the following theme: Libraries Pushing Boundaries

Proposals should align with the following tracks:

Vision, leadership and Professional Development

Highlighting value and quality
Strategic partnership and collaboration, globally and locally
Leading and transforming / emerging leaders
Work environments – problems and solutions

Developing Capable Citizens

Information- and further- literacies (globally and locally)
Student success pathways
Employability and career support
Sustainability initiatives

Digital and Service Delivery

Users as co-creators of services and spaces
Spaces for discovery
AI and robots in the library
Discovery services and systems
Marketing for maximum returns

Impact and Surfacing Research

Sharing and promoting research
Managing openness
#Hashtag social media experiences
Mapping Sustainable Development Goals

  • Proposals should reflect international perspectives and provide insight into regional issues, with the aim of engaging attendees in networking and relationship/capacity building.
  •  A written paper will be required for the conference proceedings, however a range of presentation formats are possible (Presentations, Posters, or Workshops).
  •  Poster presentations are invited. Poster authors will have an opportunity to speak briefly to their poster at the   conference during the ‘Poster Presentation Session’.
  •  Workshops proposals are welcome. Presenters should aim for a 90 minute session that is interactive
     and focused.
  •  Presenters are expected to attend the conference in person and register as an attendee.

The Call for Papers is now closed.

More information and submission details are available at