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World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

"Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage"

23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy

Spanish translation

Call for Papers

Africa Section

Theme: "Building on cultural heritage from the African classical world to the 21st century"

The IFLA annual congress offers an opportunity to present library research outcomes and innovations in a multi-disciplinary international forum. In keeping with the theme of the 75th WLIC 2009, the IFLA Africa Section has chosen as its theme: "Building on cultural heritage from the African classical world to the 21st century”. The Section invites Librarians, Information Scientists and other interested parties to submit proposals for papers in a 2-hour Africa Open Forum session in Milan, Italy.


  • institutional repository perspectives on the creation, dissemination, and access to African cultural heritage including local, national, trans-national and global strategies;
  • surveys of preservation activities, programs, projects, best record-keeping practices, technologies for heritage information management, solutions and challenges;
  • expectations and specific trepidations for Library and Information Sciences in the 21st century (including, but not limited to digital curation, web archiving, computerisation and networking of African cultural heritage -archives, manuscripts, etc.;
  • Africa and the Mediterranean world in the classical age; influence of the classical world upon African culture and society;
  • Advocacy - Libraries on the agenda in Africa in the 21st century;
  • perceptions on African heritage information: cultural, political, educational, economic, legal, socio-technologica.


The proposals must be the original work of the author(s). Each abstract must contain:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 350 words)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s)
  • Position or title of presenter(s)
  • Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution
  • E-mail address, Telephone/fax numbers
  • Short biographical statement regarding the presenter/s with digital photograph

Please send your proposals by e-mail to:

Dr. James Daniel
Secretary, IFLA Africa Section
Email: jimidaniel@yahoo.com

Important Deadlines

  • 15 January 2009: Deadline for submission of abstract
  • 15 February 2009: Notification of acceptance/rejection of paper
  • 15 May 2009: Deadline for submission of full paper

All proposals will be evaluated by a refereeing team of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Africa Section.

Travels and Costs

Please note that all fees, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors of the accepted papers. Presenters are advised to approach their parent organisations for sponsorship.