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Call for Papers

Library Buildings and Equipment Section

Inspiring interiors – creating and designing practical and exciting library spaces to promote use


Library design is not just about the exterior envelope but is also about exciting, imaginative but always practical interior spaces. The Library Buildings & Equipment Section is looking for stimulating papers which provide an overview and or input to the debate about successful library interior design. Possible topics to address would include the theory of interior design as related to libraries and issues such as, for example, colour, materials or lighting and their impact on service and usage. Issues of accessibility for all and sustainability, in keeping with the theme of WLIC 2010, should be integral to the paper. It should be stressed that all papers presented at the session in Gothenburg should focus on aspects of library buildings and design rather than library services or functionality. Joint presentations by librarians and architects/interior designers would be particularly welcomed.

The session will open with a keynote presentation followed by three shorter presentations on aspects of library interior design.

The following should be provided by 15 January 2010:

  • name and institution of presenter(s)
  • an abstract of the paper describing the project or research carried out ( approx 400 words preferably in English)
  • relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s)

The abstracts will be reviewed and selected by a Review Committee by mid-February and authors will be notified by 1st March 2010. The paper can be given at the congress in any of IFLA's official languages. If a paper is selected authors must commit to presenting it in Gothenburg. All presenters and their papers will be listed in the final IFLA Programme. Therefore presenters must forward the full text of their papers no later than 30th April 2010 to allow time for review and for preparation of translations. The time allowed for the presentation will be 20- 25 minutes. Papers should be no longer than 20 pages.

Abstracts should be sent to:
Karen Latimer
Chair, Library Buildings and Equipment Section
e-mail: k.latimer@qub.ac.uk


All proposals must be in before 15 January 2010.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors/presenters if that is required.

Last update: 18 January 2010