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Call for Papers

Preservation and Conservation Section
& Rare Books and Manuscripts Section

New techniques for old documents: Scientific examination methods in the service of preservation and book history

The IFLA Preservation and Conservation Section and The Rare Books and Manuscripts section invite speakers to present papers for a satellite meeting in conjunction to the IFLA World Library and Information Conference 2010. The satellite conference takes place on August 17-19 2010 at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

Within this theme we welcome papers on scientific techniques such as DNA, infrared spectroscopy, imaging techniques and micro x-ray fluorescence. All these techniques may be used in conservation treatments and material bibliographic issues such as the determination of animals for leathers, provenance through DNA-analysis, measuring paper strength, examination of pigments and inks for palimpsests and other documents, and ICR - (Intelligent Character recognition) for the recognition of hand-written text. We would like to encourage a multi-disciplinary meeting and therefore, relevant papers from both scientists, conservators, book-historians and others who may add interesting and new knowledge within the overall topic, are welcome to submit abstracts for a paper.

Please send an abstract of no more than 350 words before March 1, 2010 by e-mail only, to

Per Cullhed: Per.Cullhed@ub.uu.se
Raphaële Mouren: Raphaele.Mouren@enssib.fr

The submissions will be examined during March and prospective speakers will be notified on April 6. The abstract should include the following:

  • Name of the speaker
  • Institutional affiliation and address
  • Title of the paper
  • Short biography

The conference will be a two-day meeting, including social events. Visits are planned for August 19.


All proposals must be in before 1 March 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