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Call for Papers

Genealogy and Local History Section

Family and Local History: An Enduring Legacy for the Next Generation

Section 37 - Genealogy and Local History invites proposals for presentations for a two–hour session to be held at the World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg.

The  theme invites presenters to direct attention to the  strategic directions associated with the IFLA Profession Pillar as expressed in the Strategic Plan 2006-2009 and to demonstrate how present-day practitioners are redefining mainstream and digital heritage collections in ways that will advance the efforts of future societies and users.

Suggested Topics:

Examples of topics that might be addressed include but are not limited to the following:

  • The future for family and local history research resources and how present practitioners are responding.
  • Social networking tools to expand the interest of the new information society in genealogy and local history.
  • The future of libraries, archives and other heritage collections associated with meeting the demands of digital users.
  • Programmes, projects, or new ideas that encourage diverse groups in society—children, students, working people—to connect with their heritage.
  • Addressing concerns over the preservation of heritage information, especially that in digital format.
  • Innovative projects, preservation activities, or best practices in a period of administrative change within heritage organisations.
  • How to preserve informal data—e.g., emails, second-life, blogs, wikis, information exchange between people and within associations.
  • The preservation conflict for private associations and individuals as archival practices become more and more digital.

Papers will initially be selected initially from abstracts reviewed by the Genealogy and Local History Section Standing Committee.

Proposals should include:

  • A detailed abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words)
  • Author details and brief biography
  • Full contact information (name, full address, phone, email, digital photograph etc.)

Deadline for proposal submission: 10 February 2010

Please submit proposals electronically as MS Word files by email to:
Russell Lynch lynchrs@familysearch.org
Elizabeth Melrose elizabeth.melrose@btinternet.com

Successful presenters will be notified by 5 March 2010.

Presenters must be prepared to submit final versions of their papers by 15 June 2010. Completed papers should include an abstract and must be submitted electronically as MS Word files of between 3,000 and 6,000 words by email.

Papers will be made available on the IFLA Conference website.

At the Open Session in Gothenburg, presenters will be limited to 15 minutes in which to deliver a summary of their paper, with time reserved for an open forum with questions and discussion from the audience.

For more information, please contact:
Russell Lynch lynchrs@familysearch.org
Elizabeth Melrose elizabeth.melrose@btinternet.com

We look forward to an interesting Open Session in Gothenburg. Please see the Section 37 web pages for more information on the IFLA Genealogy and Local History Section.


All proposals must be in before 10 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.  Authors/presenters are expected to attend the Conference and present their papers in person.  Papers must be original submissions and not published elsewhere.

Last update: 11 February 2010