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Call for Papers

Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section
& Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section

Children’s Libraries : open access to different cultures?


Suggested topics for this session include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Promoting the use of, or creation of, traditional or online social networks by minority children and Young adults within the library's user community to help these Young people improve their social, political, cultural or economic life, and to share their culture with other readers.
  • Collections for children and young adults and multiculturalism: what culture(s) do collections reflect? In what languages? Are young readers' cultures present in the library collections? How are collections made available to readers, and how do they receive them?
  • Programs for children's librarians and/or young readers that engage them in exchanges at regional or international level, favoring access to other cultures
  • Understanding how libraries and information organisations are using traditional or online social networking tools to engage with children and Young adults of different cultural background in order to obtain a better understanding of their information needs, and/or to share ideas, experiences and knowledge to improve their services and resources.
  • Showing how libraries can or do contribute to the work of other organisations (e.g., schools, government departments, private companies) for multiculturalism.

In this two hours session we will present 4-5 papers (case-studies, best practices and so on) and you are invited to submit a proposal for this session.


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words, in English) and full author details is 30 January 2010. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by end-February 2010 at the latest whether they have been successful
  2. The full paper is due on 1 May 2010 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere
  3. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced. Papers should be in one of IFLA languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.
  4. The abstract should be in English although the full paper can be submitted in all official IFLA languages.
  5. 15 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read. If the oral presentation is done not in English, and if the organisers cannot assure simultaneous interpreting, the author must find a colleague who can provide consecutive interpreting. This presentation will be followed by 5 minutes questions and discussion.
  6. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.


Full abstracts (500 words) will be blind reviewed by members of both standing committees of both sections
Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.


Please note that it is the presenters' responsibility to find funding for their participation (registration fee, travel, accommodation and associated costs). IFLA is not in a position to fund attendance at the Congress.

Please send your abstract by 30 January 2010 to:




All proposals must be in before 30 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: 26 January 2010