LARK 2020 Symposium CfP

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22 April 2020 – Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney (Australia)


We live in times of transformation in knowledge-related fields, as well as increasing interest in lifelong learning in its many forms. Many changes are ignited by the proliferation of information and new ways in which we interact with information. The existence of scholarly and professional groups such as ASIS&T’s InfoLearn, situated at the intersection between information and learning sciences, points to a growing need to revise disciplinary boundaries and consider new areas of investigation. In practice, librarians enable and support new forms of learning every day, and often gather evidence of emerging trends. 

LARK wishes to explore research and practice in learning and information. We invite submissions of paper proposals to be presented at the symposium ‘Information for learning’. We welcome submissions from researchers in the field of library and information studies, education, IT and other allied disciplines. 

The proposed papers need to be based on research in practice, or academic research with clear implications for practice. Potential topics include:

  • Information behaviour during formal and informal learning
  • Learning and information design for particular outcomes
  • Development and assessment of information skills
  • Design of information systems to support learning
  • Organisational challenges involving learning and information in the workplace.

We invite written proposals for: 

  • Short papers (10 minutes) – typically, presentations on work in progress and small practice-based research projects
  • Long papers (20 minutes) – papers presenting results of finished projects.

Proposal length – around 300 words excluding references
Indication whether it is for a short or long paper
Please send your proposals to by 21 February 2020. 

Proposals will be reviewed by the Organising Committee and successful applicants will be notified by 2 March. Presenters are required to register for the event.

The symposium will be a whole day event held at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Croydon Sydney. Registrations will be open early in March. Presenters are required to register for the event.

Expected registration cost
ALIA members $100
Non-members $130

We wish to encourage attendance by library and information students, and colleagues outside Sydney. We will offer several grants to cover the registration cost. Once the registration is open, we will invite grant submissions. The priority will be given to: 

Professionals from rural and remote areas
Full-time library and information students
Indigenous library and information workers and students

We will ask for 

  • Proof of regional or remote address and/or current full-time student status
  • Letter of recommendation: 
  • STUDENTS – from an academic staff who taught the applicant during their current course of library and information studies
  • EMPLOYED APPLICANTS – from the current supervisor
  • INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONALS – from an academic staff or former work supervisor.

21 February – paper submission closed
2 March – authors of successful paper submissions notified
Early March – registrations and grant submissions open

Dr Suzana Sukovic – Director of Research and Library Services, PLC Sydney
Ms Janet Chelliah – Scholarly Information Manager, UTS Library
Dr Mary Anne KennanAssociate Professor, Charles Sturt University
Mr Edward Luca – Manager Academic Services (Medicine and Health), The University of Sydney Library


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