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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

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.

The Topic

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 Australia
  • 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 Assistants (PDAs)

This list covers some aspects of opening up our cultural heritage. Proposals for papers on related subjects are very welcome.


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract and full author details is 1 February 2009. The selection of papers is based on the abstract
  2. The abstracts will be reviewed by the members of the GENLOC Section Standing Committee
  3. Four papers will be selected and notification of acceptance will be sent by 1 March 2009.
  4. 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
  5. Papers may be in one of the official languages of IFLA, namely Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish
  6. 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:

Ruth Hedegaard
Frederikshavn City Archives, Denmark
Tel.: +45 98459141
Mobile: +45 40253820
E-mail: rhe@stofanet.dk

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.