13 November 2017
Call for Papers WLIC 2018 Open Session: Designing Inclusive Libraries
The IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at our Open Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Transform Libraries: Transform Society. Globalisation celebrates innovation, entrepreneurship and growth. In a culturally diverse society, economic division and social inequity are apparent. Value systems seem to support individuality rather than social inclusion. Library design has frequently focused on creating facilities and services that suit most people rather than all people. We think everyone is the same and that we know what they want. But do we? We are all “other” in some way—sometimes our “otherness” is visible and sometimes it is not. Variations in ability, culture, perspective, age, capability or background have been accommodated in library service delivery and in the built environment largely as add-on features, rather than assuming that everyone is different. Library design based on universal application changes the dialogue, the process, and the outcome. How could library planning and design better accommodate user differences in all types of libraries (public, academic, national and special)? The full call for papers is available in English, French, Chinese and Spanish.