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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

Government Information and Official Publications Section (GIOPS)

Theme: "Government publications as cultural heritage: preserving the past, keeping up with the present, embracing the future"

The Government Information and Official Publications Section invites submissions for its programme for the World Library and Information Congress. In keeping with the IFLA conference theme, "Libraries create futures: building on cultural heritage", the GIOPS programme theme is "Government publications as cultural heritage: preserving the past, keeping up with the present, embracing the future".

Government, non-governmental and intergovernmental knowledge resources are important components of the world’s cultural heritage. They are often the largest and most valuable collections of primary source documents representing the history of a jurisdiction such as a nation, a time period, or the interactions between jurisdictions on a global scale. There have been dramatic changes in the way that these publications are created, disseminated, collected, accessed and preserved. This programme will address the historical importance of these publications, the issues surrounding the changing nature of legal deposit programs, and, the challenges of ensuring that this important part of our cultural heritage continues to be preserved and disseminated in the digital age.

Submissions are invited which discuss the publications of international organizations, non-governmental organizations, national governments, provincial/state governments or those that take a comparative approach. Topics covered might include the historical significance of these publications; the history, importance and implications of the changing nature of deposit programs; preserving print publications in a digital world; or preserving, accessing and disseminating publications in jurisdictions without legal deposit programs. Submissions which take a more theoretical or broader approach will also be considered.


Four papers will be selected for presentation. Proposals for papers must be submitted by 8 February 2009 to:

Jackie Druery, (drueryj@queensu.ca)

with copies to:

Eleanor Frierson (efrierson@nal.usda.gov),
Nan Hyland (nch9@cornell.edu) and
Marcy Allen (mallen@psu.edu).

The proposal should include a title, 200-400 word abstract and relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s). Successful proposals will be identified by 22 February 2009 and presenters notified. The full paper is due by 15 April 2009.

Please note that author(s)/presenter(s) are expected to attend the World Library and Information Congress and present their papers in person, and that all fees, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc. are the responsibility of the author(s) of accepted papers. For additional information, please contact any of the above.