Call for Papers

Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section

Can we keep up with the changes or are the children our teachers?

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More and more traditional children’s libraries are under pressure. Children are experiencing reading in new ways, rapidly changing media habits as well as different play cultures and styles mean that children’s libraries need to take action to ensure they remain relevant in the lives of the children they serve.  Or as a Danish reports tells us in 2008: The library continues to be one of the most important cultural resources for children in the local communities - but radical changes are necessary if we want to make sure the library upholds its status as a central cultural institution for children.

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

  • What is the effect of the new ways of reading?
  • Books, E-books, living books? Do we still need to read?
  • What is the influence of web 3.0 and 4.0 in our daily jobs?
  • How can we make sure that staff have the proper competencies and what are those competencies?
  • What will the collection of the children’s library in the near future look like?
  • How can we use other types of literature for different groups of patrons?

In this two-hour 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 15 February 2011. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by end-February 2011 at the latest whether they have been successful
  2. The full paper is due on 1 May 2011 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 any of the official IFLA languages.
  5. 15 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper at the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read. If the oral presentation is not done in English, and if the organizers cannot guarantee simultaneous interpretation, the author must find a colleague who can provide consecutive interpretation. The 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 standing committee of the section
Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.

Please send your abstract by 15 February 2011 to:


All proposals must be in before 15 February 2011.

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.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Puerto Rico National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Please check our Conference Participation Grants webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Last update: 18 January 2011