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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

Library Buildings and Equipment Section
Children and Young Adults Section

Theme: "If I was the director..... – How to create/design/decorate libraries for children and young adults in the 21st century"

HALF-DAY SESSION hosted by the Library Buildings and Equipment Section and the Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section

How can a children's/young adults' library or area be designed in order to

  • inspire creativity
  • create spaces for play
  • create spaces in which to socialise
  • facilitate learning activities
  • encourage reading
  • ensure material is suitably displayed and stored
  • generate interaction between the different media
  • attract families and develop space for activities for parents and children/young adults together, for different groups of children, children of different ages and their parents.

The session covers the age range from 0–18, but will be divided into two separate 2 hour sessions. The first session will focus on 0-11 and the second session on 12-18 year olds.

Keynote presentations and Case studies

Each session will start with a keynote presentation. In session 1 the keynote presentation will provide a historical overview of the development of departments and libraries for children and young adults and discuss the use and design of such libraries in the 20th and 21st centuries. The second session’s keynote will focus on children’s/young adults’ use of (new) media in a library context and the impact of that on design.

As well as each keynote presentation we will present 2-3 case studies and you are invited to submit a proposal for this part of the session.


Next to the paper the following should be provided:

  • name and institution of presenter(s)
  • an abstract of the paper describing the project, campaign or research carried out (1 page, up to 350 words) preferably in English
  • relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s)

Send your proposals by December 20, 2008 via e-mail to the chairs of both sections:

Andrew Cranfield (library buildings)
E-mail: cranfield@debibliotheken.nl

Ingrid Bon (children)
E-mail: ingrid.bon@biblioservice.nl

The abstracts will be reviewed and selected by a Review Committee. The paper can be given at the congress in any of IFLA’s official languages. Successful proposals will be identified and announced by January 31, 2009.

All presenters and their papers will be listed in the final IFLA Programme. Therefore presenters must forward the full text of their papers by April 15 2009 to allow time for review and for preparation of translations. The time allowed for the presentation will be 15-20 minutes. Papers should be no longer than 20 pages.


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.