Call for Papers: Mapping the 21st Century Information Landscape: Borders, Bridges and Byways

Canadian Association for Information Science: Call for Papers

The Canadian Association for Information Science invites abstract submissions for its 37th Annual Conference, to be held May 28-30, 2009 at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, as part of the 2009 Congress of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Deadline for proposals is January 16, 2009. Proposals, including the name(s) of the author(s), mailing and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers, should be sent electronically (Word or rich text format please) to

The conference theme is “Mapping the 21st Century Information Landscape: Borders, Bridges and Byways”.

We are seeking submissions that address any aspects of the following questions:
· How are the traditional information institutions of the 20th century and the broader information landscapes within which they continue to operate responding to the real and perceived pressures of a 21st century information economy?
· Has globalization and its effects on the information landscape produced a “sea-change” in our understanding of the role and function of information institutions, information services and information workers?
· Does history help or hinder our ability to describe, analyze and interpret contemporary conditions? What are the historical continuities or discontinuities that shed light on current issues in library and information science?
· Many argue that “the local” matters more and more. What are the boundaries and bridges between the local and the global in existing and emerging information landscapes?

Papers that address other aspects of information and library science or other aspects of the conference or congress themes are also warmly invited.

Submissions should include a title, the name(s) of the author(s), a statement of how the content relates to the conference themes and be no longer than 750 words. Proposals that report on completed or ongoing research will be given preference. Diverse perspectives (theoretical and applied) and methodologies are welcomed. Proposals may be submitted in English or French. Doctoral candidates are especially invited to submit proposals for the conference. With permission of the authors, full manuscripts of the highest ranked papers will be published in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de bibliothéconomie with their abstracts appearing in the online proceedings.

Student to CAIS/ACSI Award: Papers submitted by graduate students will be considered for this award. The award includes a monetary prize as well as publication of the full manuscript in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de bibliothéconomie. Details of the award, including previous winners, can be found at the CAIS/ASCI website (

Conference proposals will be refereed by the Programme Committee. Authors will be notified of the Committee’s decision no later than February 27, 2009. All presenters must register for the conference. Papers to appear as full-text in the electronic proceedings must be submitted no later than April 17, 2009.

For further information, please visit the CAIS/ACSI website ( or email the Programme Committee at