May 10, 2021

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IFLA World Library and Information Congress: Call for papers San Juan 2011

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IFLA Sections are sharing their call for papers for the 2011 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Puerto Rico. The IFLA SIG on Indigenous Matters will host an open business meeting. The IFLA SIG is also co-sponsoring a program on information literacy. That call is under development.

Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section

General Conference Theme: “Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all”

Theme: Can we keep up with the changes or are the children our teachers?

More and more traditional childrens libraries are under pressure. Children are experiencing reading in new ways, rapidly changing media habits as well as different play cultures and styles mean that childrens libraries need to take action to ensure they remain relevant in the lives of the children they serve. .Or as a Danish reports tells us in 2008: The library continues to be one of the most important cultural resources for children in the local communities- but radical changes are necessary if we want to make sure the library upholds its status as a central cultural institution for children.

Suggested topics for this session include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What is the effect of the new ways of reading?
  • Books, E-books, living books? Do we still need to read
  • What is the influence of web 3.0 and 4.0 in our daily jobs?
  • How can we make sure that staff have the proper competencies and what are those competencies?
  • What will the collection of the childrens library in the near future look like?
  • How can we use other types of literature for different groups of patrons?

In this two hours session we will present 4-5 papers (case-studies, best practices and so on) and you are invited to submit a proposal for this session.


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words, in English) and full author details is 30 January 2011. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by end-February 2011 at the latest whether they have been successful
  2. The full paper is due on 1 May 2011 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere
  3. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced. Papers should be in one of IFLA languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.
  4. The abstract should be in English although the full paper can be submitted in any of theofficial IFLA languages.
  5. 15 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper at the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read. If the oral presentation is not done in English, and if the organizers cannot guarantee simultaneous interpretation, the author must find a colleague who canprovide consecutive interpretation. The presentation will be followed by 5 minutes questions and discussion.
  6. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.


Full abstracts (500 words) will be blind reviewed by members of standing committee of the section Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.

Expenses: Please note that it is the presenters’ responsibility to find funding for their participation (registration fee, travel, accommodation and associated costs). IFLA is not in a position to fund attendance at the Congress.

Please send your abstract by 30 January 2011 to:


All proposals must be in before 30 January 2011.

Please note: All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors/presenters if that is required.

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