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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

Knowledge Management Section

Theme: "Knowledge advocacy"

The IFLA Knowledge Management Section invites librarians, information scientists, professionals, researchers and other interested parties in knowledge management to submit proposals to its open session which will be held at the 75th IFLA Conference on 23-27 August 2009 in Milan, Italy.

‘Knowledge advocacy' is the promotion and fostering of knowledge processes within the organisation. This session features strategies and practices of different types of libraries as they create exciting futures with positive impact in their communities, build knowledge sharing ecologies in their communities, and ensure a strong role for librarians in those communities.

The two-hour session entitled “Knowledge advocacy”, invites papers to speak about:

  • the key principles of advocacy,
  • the human issues in knowledge advocacy,
  • codes of practice for advocacy groups,
  • checklists for advocacy groups and service providers,
  • advocacy models and tools,
  • other forms of support.


  1. Please send an abstract of approximately 500 words, in English or French, no later than 15 February 2009 to:

    Elisabeth Freyre, chair of the Programme Committee
    E-mail: elisabeth.freyre@bnf.fr

  2. Please attach a summary curriculum vitae of the author(s) including their name(s), contact details, professional affiliation(s) and a brief statement on their career(s).

  3. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-March 2009.

    Papers accepted will be due no later than 1 May 2009.

    Papers should be submitted in English and/or French with a one-page abstract in English.

    Papers should not be longer than 20 pages.

    Papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

    A maximum of 15 minutes will be allowed for the presentation of each paper during the Section's session in Milan. Please note, although every effort will be made to provide simultaneous interpretation into other IFLA languages, its availability may not be possible. Therefore, the presentations must be made in English. If the presentation is in French, the text of the paper must be in English.

  4. At least one of the authors of the paper must present the paper.

Unfortunately, the Programme Committee has no funds to assist prospective authors: abstracts should only be submitted on the understanding that the expenses of attending the Milan conference (including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Some national professional associations may be able to help fund certain expenses, and a small number of grants for conference attendance maybe available from IFLA as well as from the Comité français IFLA (French Committee of IFLA) and from the Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken (Dutch Association for Public Libraries).