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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 for open session

Division for Regional Activities

Theme: "Libraries on the cultural agenda: regional comparisons"

The IFLA Division for Regional Activities is comprised of Regional Sections covering developing countries in three major regions of the world, the African continent, Asia and Oceania, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Division VIII is organizing an open session at IFLA Conference in Milan, Italy and issues this call for papers on the topic, “Libraries on the cultural agenda: regional comparisons" . The topic will examine the extent to which libraries embrace the notion of cultural heritage in developing countries, and are store houses of culture in developing countries.

Papers may focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Best practices on How libraries promote culture
  • Programmes in libraries as cultural heritage
  • Case studies


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed, abstract (500 words) and full author details is 10 January 2009. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by end-February 2009 at the latest whether they have been successful;
  2. The full paper is due on 1 May 2009 and must be an original submission not published elsewhere;
  3. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail; fax or post should be used only as a last resort;
  4. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced;
  5. All the abstracts must be in English. Papers can be presented during the Conference in any IFLA working language (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish);
  6. 25 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference;
  7. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a summary curriculum vitae with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.


  • Full abstracts (500 words) should be prepared following the template provided below. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Division VIII Coordinating Board.
  • Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.
  • Purpose of this paper
    What are the reason(s) for writing the paper (or the aims of the research)?
  • Design/methodology/approach
    How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the study. What is the approach to the topic, and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper?
  • Findings
    What was found in the course of the work? This will refer to analysis, discussion, or results.
  • Research limitations/implications (if applicable)
    If research is reported on in the paper, this section must be completed and should include suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process.
  • Practical implications (if applicable)
    What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? All papers should have practical applications. What changes to practice might be made as a result of this research/paper?
  • What is original/value of paper
    What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to whom.

Please send your abstract by 10 January 2009 to:

Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata
Div VIII Secretary
E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Premila Gamage
Division 8 Chair
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Please note that the expenses of attending the Milan conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers