PAARL 2017 International Conference in Dubai: Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) is delighted to announce its call for papers for the International Conference with the theme Cross-Institutional Collaboration: Challenges and Opportunities on 23 October 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (conference venue to be announced). This one-day conference is part of this year’s Definitely Dubai! Benchmarking Tour scheduled on 22-27 October 2017.

The conference aims to promote the concept of cross-institutional collaboration. Specifically, it aims to provide a venue for libraries and librarians to network, establish international linkages, learn from best practices and experiences of other institutions, and learn how to further develop, nurture, and expand existing partnerships or collaborative projects / programs.

Papers submitted must be in line with the theme and should address at least one of the following main topics:

  • Networking and Library Consortia
  • Staff Development, Continuing Professional Development, Staff Exchange Programs
  • Technical Services (e.g., cooperative cataloging/acquisitions)
  • Information Resources Sharing, Shared subscriptions, Inter-Library Loans
  • Sharing/Comparing Information Literacy Programs or Initiatives
  • Collaboration in Procuring and Implementing Library Management Systems
  • Collaboration in Establishing Institutional Repositories
  • Sharing Best Practices
  • Cross-Institutional Publications

All submissions must be original contributions and not previously published nor currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers must be written in English.

Submitted papers will go through a peer review process and the selection will be based on relevance to the theme, content, organization, and writing quality.


September 22, 2017

Deadline of full paper submission

September 30, 2017

Notification of accepted papers

October 13, 2017

Deadline of submission of presentation slides

October 23, 2017

Presentation of accepted papers

Accepted papers that meet the criteria for publication will be included in the PAARL Research Journal 2017 and will get the chance to receive the Best Research Award 2017.


  • Full paper must be emailed to on or before 22 September 2017 with the subject line PAARL International Conference 2017.
  • Full paper must be made in Portable Document Format (PDF).
  • Full paper must include, at the minimum, the following contents: title; full name of author, affiliation, and email address; abstract of 300-500 words; introduction or background of the study; objectives and/or purpose of the study; methodology/research design; results/summary and discussion; conclusion and recommendations; and references or works cited.
  • Authors will be notified after their submissions have undergone peer review process to be conducted by the Conference Committee.
  • Revisions must be submitted within five (5) days upon receipt of letter/notification requesting a revision.
  • It is understood that by submitting your research paper, permission has been granted to publish your work in the PAARL website and Research Journal.

For inquiries, kindly email or contact any member of the PAARL 2017 Executive Board.

Thank you and we look forward to your contributions.