Call for Submissions

IATUL offers an influential and inclusive community of librarians 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:

Ngā Reo o te Katoa | The voices of all

E koekoe te tūī, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kererū. The tūī squawks, the kākā chatters the kererū coos. It takes all kinds of people. – Dr Hinemoa Elder

As well as exploring the inclusive theme of the conference (ngā reo o te katoa – voices for all), you will have a unique opportunity to experience elements of Te Ao Māori (including kawa/tikanga/karakia/waiata) that will be woven into the fabric of the conference in a way that is genuine and authentic.

The conference streams aim to embrace the diversity of our profession and the work that we do in academic libraries, offering the opportunity to educate by weaving an indigenisation thread through all streams.

Tuwheratanga - Openness

Where to from here?


  • How libraries are expanding their traditional services to better support open education
  • Balancing openness and access with the ethical stewardship of indigenous content
  • The role of libraries in connecting people with open knowledge to combat misinformation
  • Revisiting access models: is community driven our future?

Ōritetanga - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Enabling success for all

What does a modern academic library look like? Who works there? Who are our community of users?


  • Spaces and places: creating a sense of cultural belonging to enable success
  • Embedding indigenous knowledge systems into library services and practice
  • Building a safe, inclusive and mana-enhancing workplace
  • Harnessing technologies to enhance equitable access and reduce the digital divide

Wānanga – Sharing lived experiences

Who are our people? Where do they come from? What perspectives do they bring?


  • Building connections by exploring user experiences and perceptions
  • Growing our own: improving the staff journey through shared understanding and kinship
  • Community engagement: social initiatives in libraries for collective wellbeing
  • Understanding the barriers to education for indigenous and minority groups

Whakawhanaungatanga – Building relationships

Who do we connect with? How do we connect? How do we sustain these connections?


  • Partnering with community and industry to enhance learner success
  • Promoting mutual understanding and manaakitanga (respect) through collaboration
  • Exploring indigenous networking concepts and tools
  • Reimagining leadership through cultural practice and local wisdom

Presentation Types

Presentations may use the following formats:
  • Paper presentations
  • Lightning talks
  • Birds of a feather discussion, aka roundtable
  • Long tables
  • Workshops
  • Posters (see poster prize)
Submit an abstract proposal for each type with a limit of 250 words.

The Submission Portal is live.


More information is available for authors who wish to contribute to the conference with their presentations. Presenters are expected to attend the conference in person and register as an attendee. 

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