Call for Papers

Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group

Information systems for indigenous knowledge in agriculture


The IFLA Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group in association with the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) invites papers to be presented at a two-hour session to be held at 77th IFLA General Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 13-18 August 2011.

Papers should be based on facts rather than theoretical aspects focusing on any of the facets of the theme. Issues to be addressed include:

  • Emerging policies and mandates governing promotion of indigenous knowledge in agriculture and allied fields in the country/region
  • Role of national agricultural information centers/libraries in documentation and dissemination of indigenous knowledge in agriculture
  • Barriers in accessing indigenous agricultural knowledge in the country/region
  • Efforts of universities and research institutes in the country in promoting indigenous knowledge in agriculture
  • Efforts of agricultural research/extension funding bodies in facilitating the promotion of indigenous knowledge in agriculture
  • Role of international organizations such as FAO, IDRC, CGIAR,CTA,UNESCO, World Bank in promoting indigenous knowledge in agriculture.


Interested authors are invited to submit their proposal on any of these aspects for consideration by email to

  • The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (max 500 words) is 15 February 2011
  • Upon review of the abstracts, selected authors will be notified by the 3rd week of February 2011
  • Full paper is due on 30 April 2011 and must be original not published elsewhere
  • Selected papers should be of 10 pages maximum, single spaced
  • Papers should be in English with a one-page abstract
  • Each presenter would be allowed 15 minutes for a summary delivery of the paper
  • The presenter should not read the paper
  • The selected author(s) should indicate personal full contact details and include brief curriculum vitae with the paper

Please submit your proposal by 15 February 2011 to:

Deva Eswara Reddy, PhD
Convener, Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group
Associate Professor
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX, USA
Tel. + (1) (979)8621062
Fax + (1) (979)4580112


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: 28 January 2011