26 January 2016

Call for Papers: ‘Theft in libraries – facing the hidden truth’

The IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section and the Preservation and Conservation Core Activity invites interested professionals to submit proposals for this open session to be held in Columbus, Ohio, USA from 13-19 August 2016.

Theft in libraries and archives, by staff as well as outsiders, is an ever present problem many institutions face. The session aims are to highlight the importance of recording thefts internationally with the aim to de-stigmatise the reporting of thefts (something which still many libraries will not make publicly aware). It will also look at methods of raising public awareness towards provenance of cultural heritage items, and to continue to build bridges between the curatorial and commercial arms of the cultural heritage profession.

We therefore invite proposals for papers which outline theft incidents within libraries and archives in recent years, particularly from collections which have experienced theft incidents, in order to set the scene for the overall session and help to de-stigmatise the reporting of theft in libraries. The session will be comprised of three presentations from recent incidents of library or archive theft and then a panel discussion on the topic which will include the presenters of the three papers as well as invited respondents from the curatorial, commercial and legal spheres of cultural heritage.

More detailed information can be found on the Conference website

Communication, Conservation, Cultural heritage, Rare books and manuscripts

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