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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
Information Technology Section
Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section

Theme: "Social Computing Tools for Learning & Knowledge Sharing"

The IFLA Knowledge Management Section, along with Information Technology Section and the Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section, invites librarians, information scientists, professionals, researchers and other interested parties in knowledge management to submit proposals to its joint session which will be held at the 75th IFLA Conference on 23-27 August 2009 in Milan, Italy.

Theme: Social Computing Tools for Learning & Knowledge Sharing

Social computing is having a huge impact on the sharing of knowledge and resources in all types of organizations. The social tools (blogs, wikis, social tagging, social networks, etc.) are much different than traditional knowledge sharing tools and are being adapted very quickly to put knowledge sharing power in the hands of the users. Our practitioners/speakers share stories of the new types of knowledge sharing in their more fluid networked organizations and with their more social media clients. Hear about the different tools, their impact on knowledge sharing in libraries and other information intensive organizations, and good practices for libraries. This three-hour session highlights some of the newest social computing and networking tools especially multilingual ones, illustrates their use in different types of libraries, provides lots of tips and techniques. With the fast-paced, information intensive focus, this session will give you new ideas and insights for facilitating learning and knowledge sharing in your organization or community.


  1. Please send an abstract of approximately 500 words, in English, no later than 28 February 2009 to:

    Jane Dysart, KM Section Programme Committee
    E-mail: jane@dysartjones.com

  2. Please attach a short 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 May 1st 2009.

    All presentations require a one-page abstract in English

    Papers, no be longer than 20 pages, may be submitted.

    A maximum of 20 minutes will be allowed for the presentation of each paper during the Section's joint 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.

  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).