World Library and Information Congress:
75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
"Libraries create futures: Building on
23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy
Call for Papers
Genealogy and Local History Section
Theme: "Opening up our cultural heritage through
digitisation and collaboration"
The Genealogy and Local History
Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and
Institutions (IFLA) invites proposals for papers in a 2-hour session to
be presented at the World Library and Information Conference, Milan,
Italy, 23-27 August 2009.
There is great interest in using the new media to obtain information
on genealogy and local history.
- The UK BBC programme Who do you think you
are?, launched in the UK in 2004, is an exceptionally popular
programme which has encouraged many to uncover their own genealogy.
The programme is also being syndicated in Canada, the US and
- Researchers can order genealogical information
from archives, libraries and museums for use on their personal
computers. Success here depends on the digitisation of genuine and
reliable material presently hidden in these repositories
- Chat-rooms, blogs, internet forums, Facebook
and other Second Life Initiatives can be used to encourage family
history studies – for example, the Union of Genealogy Groups
claims to promote genealogy events in Second Life
- New ways of presenting cultural heritage are
developing and patrons can obtain local historical information on
the spot through the use of mobile phones or Personal Digital
This list covers some aspects of opening up our cultural heritage.
Proposals for papers on related subjects are very welcome.
- The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract and full author
details is 1 February 2009. The selection of
papers is based on the abstract
- The abstracts will be reviewed by the members of the GENLOC
Section Standing Committee
- Four papers will be selected and notification of acceptance will
be sent by 1 March 2009.
- Full and final versions of accepted papers, of approximately
4,000 words, must be received by 1 May 2009. These
papers must be original submissions and not published elsewhere
- Papers may be in one of the official languages of IFLA, namely
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish
- Delivery of the papers at the GENLOC Section Open Session at the
Milan Conference will be of a summary lasting around 20 minutes
Please send the title, the abstract and author details of any
projected paper to:
Frederikshavn City Archives, Denmark
Tel.: +45 98459141
Mobile: +45 40253820
Attendance and Travel
- Please note that the expenses of attending the
IFLA Milan Conference (including registration for the conference,
travel, accommodation and other outgoings) are the responsibility
of the authors/presenters of accepted papers
- At least one of the selected authors/presenters
must be at the GENLOC Open Session to give the paper
We sincerely hope that you will consider submitting a proposal for
presenting a paper at our programme at IFLA Milan 2009.