Call for Papers

Core Activity on Preservation and Conservation (PAC)

Cultural Heritage Preservation Planning: Confronting Economic and Environmental New Challenges


Theme and scope of the session

Recently, Cultural Heritage has experienced consequences of both economic slowdown and climate change. Indeed, in times of crisis, preservation appears to be especially subject to budget cuts and does have to adapt to these new economic and environmental conditions. The IFLA-PAC session will aim at presenting some recent strategic approaches and methods to address changing priorities and requirements in the field of preservation management.

The session will focus on:

  • Buildings: Which adaptations to improve library and archives buildings in terms of cost management and energy efficiency? (New constructions or renovation)
  • Collections: What do we need to preserve and/or give access to?
  • Preservation strategic and business models: Basic elements for preservation planning and low-cost methods likely to be applied in developing countries.

We are particularly interested in proposals that cover any of these three topics.

Submissions and important deadlines

Please send a detailed abstract, in English, by 31 March 2011 to

Proposals should include:

  • Title of proposed paper.
  • Outline of proposed presentation (1 page or approx. 300 words).
  • Name of author(s) with employer or affiliated institution, plus full contact details (telephone, e-mail, postal address).
  • Relevant brief biographical information (CV).

The selection of papers will be based on the abstracts. The abstracts will be reviewed by the Programme Committee, and successful proposals will be identified by 15 April 2011.
Full papers are expected by 1 June 2011 to allow time for review and preparation of translations.

The session will be conducted in English and Spanish. It is hoped that simultaneous interpretation will be available for this session, but we strongly recommend that the presentation slides should be in English.

We especially welcome submissions from the Caribbean Area and Latin America.


All proposals must be in before 31 March 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: 15 February 2011