The IFLA Indigenous Matters Section and the IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section invite proposals for papers for a special all-day session co-sponsored by the two sections at the 83rd IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland, 19-25 August 2017.

Theme: “Collections and Books [A]cross Borders”

Books have always travelled. Libraries worldwide hold books and collections that have crossed all kind of borders: national, political, cultural, geographic, and material. Borders themselves may change over time, or be imposed or removed. The effects of war, colonialism, and political events are obvious, but even the most legal and peaceful movement of cultural heritage objects from one place to another may give rise to issues and even controversies which need to be carefully considered. More positively, collections may cross borders to bring about meaningful encounters with texts, ideas, and the artifacts that hold them, thus providing an opportunity for greater understanding of cultural heritage.  Digitization can break down borders and sometimes create new ones, all affecting global research and the free transmission of knowledge and ideas.  The program committee welcomes proposals for papers that address any of these topics in a comprehensive way.

This special all-day session will take place at a venue in the city of Wrocław (to be announced).

Proposals are due by February 28, 2017

See the full call for papers on the WLIC 2017 website.