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 for Satellite Meeting
IFLA/FAIFE: Free Access to Information and
Freedom of Expression Programme
19-20 August 2009
Theme: "Religion, Intellectual Freedom and
The IFLA Freedom of Access to Information
and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Committee in partnership with
Istituzione Biblioteche Centri Culturali del Comune di Roma invites you
to the Satellite Meeting at the Tempio di Adriano in Rome, Italy.
(Registration: Wednesday 13.00, Conference begins 14.00. Conference
concludes Thursday 18.00)
The conference will explore the relationship between intellectual
freedom, defined as freedom of expression and freedom of access to
- Religion, with particular attention to the
- Libraries and Librarianship.
Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights States that:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and
religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or
belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in
public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching,
practice, worship and observance."
The article begins with the freedom of thought and conscience and is
immediately followed Article 19, which is the basis of FAIFE’s
mission and which states that
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this
right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to
seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and
regardless of frontiers."
The implications of these statements and the teachings of
the whole spectrum of religions will be explored in relation to
information, communication and the practice of
Suggested themes include:
- Religion and Science
- Religion and Education
- Religion and Censorship
- Religion and Culture
But, other relevant proposals will be given full consideration.
Papers may come from the standpoint of any religion, or from an
entirely non-religious approach.
The programme will consist of a mixture of invited presentations and
papers selected as a result of this call for proposals. The expected
audience is likely to include librarians from university, public and
school libraries, library associations’ management, other library
professionals, students and university professors,
Format of proposals
The following should be provided:
- Name and institution of author(s)
- Brief biographical information on author(s)
- Title and abstract of paper ( about 300
- Language in which full paper is planned to be
The proposals should be in English. Full paper in any IFLA language will
be accepted. Possible simultaneous translation for other IFLA languages
is being explored.
Send your proposals by 31 march 2008 via e-mail
The abstracts will be reviewed by the Review Committee and suitable
proposals will be selected. The RC will make every effort to have
representation from all continents. Successful proposals will be
identified and announced by 13 April, 2009.
All accepted papers will be listed in the final Pre-Conference
Programme. Therefore, a full text papers should be provided by
15 May, 2009; papers should be from 3-20 pages long.
The delivery of each presentation will last 20 minutes to allow a
time for Q&A.
It is the responsibility of presenters of submitted papers to find
funding for their participation (registration fee, travel,
accommodation and associated costs). IFLA and its FAIFE Core activity
are not in a position to fund attendance at this Pre-Conference.
IFLA Committee on Free Access to
Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE)
Paul Sturges (Chair)
Department of Information Science
LOUGHBOROUGH LE11 3TU, United Kingdom
Senior Policy Advisor
P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague, Netherlands
Fax +(31)(70) 3834827
Istituzione Biblioteche Centri culturali
del Comune di Roma
(Local Organising Committee)
Igino Poggiali (Chair)
c/o Istituzione Biblioteche Centri Culturali del Comune di Roma
Tel +(39) 3355318353
Fax + (39) 06 68210923