Knowledge Management Satellite Conference for the IFLA WLIC 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Conference Theme: Is knowledge management the new library science?

Date: Thursday 23 August 2018

Venue: Xiamen University Malaysia campus (XMUM), Salak Tinggi, Selangor, Malaysia (15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Organizer: IFLA Knowledge Management Section

Primary contacts: Program Chair: Long Xiao (; website manager: Spencer Acadia (; members: Sylvia Piggott (, Frank Cervone ( and Elisabeth Freyre (

Satellite meeting focus

Knowledge management, as an organizational capability, integrates people, technologies, processes and strategy to create, use and share knowledge and information in ways to better satisfy customer and the organization's needs.

But is Knowledge Management (KM) a separate discipline or just a label for a subset of library science? The library and information press has suggested for a number of years that KM is a separate and growing field of great interest to information professionals since many of the skills necessary in KM are similar to the skills of librarians and information professionals. However, as a discipline, KM is critical to all types of organizations as they attempt to better manage their knowledge and information to offer services that can best satisfy customers.
The satellite meeting aims to understand, describe, and demonstrate how KM and library science intersect and differ, especially in terms of how graduates of library science programs use the skills and techniques of KM as they manage corporate and organizational information assets. In addition to exploring these issues, we will investigate how future trends in KM can be met especially as the scope of KM grows into other areas and the need to on-going continuing professional development increases.

Examples of possible topics include:

  •  The similarities and differences between KM and library science; is it important? why might it matter?
  •  Trends in KM in library science and other academic programs
  •  How do the concepts learned in KM programs apply to the real world?
  •  Capturing knowledge in corporate or government organizations; how does KM or a library science perspective make a difference?
  •  Comparing the key competencies and skills of knowledge professionals vs. information professionals
  •  How do the issues of intellectual property and copyright differ between information and knowledge professionals?
  •  Successes and failures of KM in libraries and information organizations
  •  Will KM replace library science as a discipline?

Submissions and selection process

Information and knowledge professionals interested in submitting a paper proposal should provide a proposal which includes the following in English:

  •  Name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s)/presenter(s)
  •  Proposed title of the paper
  •  Proposed abstract of the paper (no more than 500 words)
  •  Brief biographical information of all author(s)/presenter(s)
  •  Contact information, including email, of all author(s)/presenter(s).

Deadline proposal is February 1, 2018. Send proposals in .docx or .pdf format to Frank Cervone ( and Wu, Yue ( (on behalf of Long Xiao, Program Chair).
Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the IFLA KM Satellite Conference Organizing Committee. Selection will be based on proposal content and fit to the conference theme. Proposal authors will be notified via email by March 15, 2018.
Papers should be original work in English, the official language of the satellite meeting, not published elsewhere, and no longer than 15 double-spaced pages using a standard 12-point font. Authors must present their papers at the IFLA KM Satellite Conference for the paper to be published on the IFLA website. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes with a period for questions and discussion. Presentations should be engaging, interactive, and designed to elicit thoughtful discussion from the audience. Use of PowerPoint or other visuals is encouraged. In accordance with IFLA’s Open Access Statement, all papers must be made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) license.
For questions on the Call for Papers, please contact: Sylvia Piggott at

Important Dates
November 15, 2017 - Call for proposals opens
February 1, 2018 - Deadline for proposal submission
March 15, 2018 - Authors will be notified via email
June 1, 2018 - Deadline for submission of final papers. No papers will be accepted after this date
August 18, 2018 - All presenters and participants must register for the IFLA KM Section Satellite Meeting by this date
August 23, 2018 – Satellite meeting is held

All expenses are the responsibility of the authors/presenters.

No financial support can be provided by IFLA or the IFLA KM Section. The Satellite Conference is free of charge, but registration is still required. Lunch and possibly other refreshments on the day of the Satellite Conference will be provided.