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Call for Papers

Preservation and Conservation Section
& Core Activity on Preservation and Conservation (PAC)

Preservation and Sustainability


The IFLA Preservation and Conservation Section and the IFLA PAC-Core program invite speakers to present papers on the topic of Preservation and Sustainability at the WLIC 2010 in Gothenburg.

The general theme for the conference is Open Access to Knowledge - promoting Sustainable Progress. Environmental sustainability is a much-debated topic and there are fears that extreme weather situations will become more abundant in the future. Today, it is evident that floodings, fires and hurricanes are a major threat to library collections and should such events increase in numbers, or occur in unusual places, measures have to be taken to safeguard library collections.

Energy may become more expensive in the future and the control of in-house climate is dependent on the use of energy for heating, de-humidifying and cooling - crucial factors for long-term stability of library materials. How may higher energy prices, or the switch from one energy system to another, have an effect on the long-term preservation of library collections? These are all relevant questions within this topic. Risk factors involving digitally stored information may need to be addressed.

We invite speakers to submit an abstract for a paper on these issues. The papers should address topics of urgency, the importance of long-term planning and decision-making and flexible solutions for an uncertain future in the protection of library collections, regardless of media carriers.

The abstract, not exceeding 350 words, should include the following:

  • Name and title of the presenter(s)
  • Title of the paper
  • Institutional affiliation and address.
  • Short biography of the presenter(s)

The abstract must be delivered in electronic form to:

Per Cullhed


Christiane Baryla

Abstracts must be submitted before February 15, 2010. The abstracts will be reviewed by The IFLA P&C and IFLA PAC and all prospective speakers will be notified of the outcome of the review on March 1, 2010. The selected presenters are required to submit a full paper by May 1, 2010.


All proposals must be in before 15 February 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: 25 January 2010