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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 for Satellite Meeting

IFLA/FAIFE: Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Programme

Rome, Italy
19-20 August 2009

Theme: "Religion, Intellectual Freedom and Libraries"

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 information, and:

  • Religion, with particular attention to the implications for
  • 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 librarianship.

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 words)
  • Language in which full paper is planned to be submitted

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 to:

Igino Poggiali
E-mail: iginopoggiali@yahoo.it

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 University
LOUGHBOROUGH LE11 3TU, United Kingdom
Tel. +(44)(1509)223069
Fax +(44)(1509)223053
E-mail: r.p.sturges@lboro.ac.uk

Stuart Hamilton
Senior Policy Advisor
P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague, Netherlands
Tel. +(31)(70)3140884
Fax +(31)(70) 3834827
E-mail: faife@ifla.org

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
Skype igino.poggiali
E-mail iginopoggiali@yahoo.it