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
Library Services to Multicultural
Theme: "Creativity and the Arts: Libraries Building on
The IFLA Library Services to
Multicultural Populations Section invites librarians working in the
fields of multiculturalism and library services to diverse cultural
communities to submit proposals for its session in Milan, Italy.
Today's libraries have become learning and information centers and also
stewards of the cultural heritage of its community. The committee is
seeking proposals on programmes that employ the performing arts,
artistic expression or oral traditions to exchange knowledge and
understanding of the diversity of cultures among people living in our
The two-hour session entitled "Creativity and the Arts: Libraries
Building on Multicultural Heritage", invites papers that explore:
- Performing arts programmes that promote respect
for cultural diversity and human creativity where oral or artistic
expression in the form of traditional music, dance, theater or
media encourages intercultural communication and understanding. All
types of libraries are encouraged to apply.
- Cultural heritage programmes and collections
which provide a legacy of the intangible attributes of a group -
culture, values and attitudes including knowledge, language, arts,
rituals and performances - and promote a continuity of diversity of
cultures among people living in our global society.
- Cultural heritage programmes that ensures
public engagement while promoting cross-cultural dialogue and
- Exhibits, both physical or virtual, that
reflect the underserved cultural and linguistic groups in the
community and preserve significant cultural traditions.
Please send an abstract of approximately 500
words, in English, French or Spanish, no later than 15
February 2009 to:
- 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).
- 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.
- Papers should not be longer than 20 pages.
- A maximum of 20 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. An author
who feels uncomfortable presenting in English could ask a colleague
to do so on their behalf.
- At least one of the authors of the paper must
present the paper.
Please note that 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 may be available.