Call for Papers

Asia and Oceania Section

Moving into the future - a new vision for libraries in Asia and Oceania


Libraries and information services in the Asia Oceania region are undergoing profound changes.  They are moving into the future with a new vision, one that encourages libraries to go beyond their traditional boundaries. These boundaries delimit the types of organisations with which libraries collaborate, the services and resources they offer, and the client groups to whom they provide information.  

Embracing the conference theme of "Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all," this session will focus on how libraries in the Asia Oceania region are moving into the future.  Papers submitted for consideration should focus on how libraries and information services in Asia and Oceania are extending beyond their traditional boundaries in relation to one or more of the following three topic areas: (1) integration; (2) innovation; and (3) information for all.

Suggested topics in each of these areas include, but are not limited to, the following areas with respect to regional or sub-regional aspects of libraries and information services in Asia and Oceania:

1.  Integration

  • providing multi-lingual interfaces to services, resources and systems;
  • adding new forms of metadata such as user tags to traditional catalogue records;
  • incorporating new forms of content into the collection such as online digital video and audio resources;
  • using Web 2.0 tools such as Library mash-ups with traditional tools both for users and for staff;
  • incorporating library education programmes into school curricula by embedding information literacy into core school subjects.

2. Innovation

  • employing sustainable information technologies for services in developing nations;
  • enhancing professional development and training opportunities through online open access workshops;
  • offering new programmes that encourage children to read and increase their levels of literacy;
  • extending the range and quality of information literacy programmes;
  • using open source software for new services that appeal to a wider demographic.        

3. Information for all

  • designing new resources and services in consultation with indigenous populations;
  • offering services and resources for ethnic minorities;
  • establishing information services to help immigrants to adjust to their new country;
  • promoting the concept of intellectual freedom to ensure ongoing access to information for all members of the community;
  • using information technology to deliver services over distance, geographical, cultural and political and language boundaries.


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is 21 January 2011. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by mid-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
  4. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced
  5. Papers should be in English with an abstract, and the presenter (who need not be the author) must be fluent in English
  6. 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read
  7. 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) should be prepared following the template provided below. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania. Note that the content of papers must focus on library and information services in the Asia and Oceania region.

Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.

Purpose of this paper

What are the reason(s) for writing the paper (or the aims of the research)?


How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the study. What is the approach to the topic, and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper?


What was found in the course of the work? This will refer to analysis, discussion, or results.

Research limitations/implications (if applicable)

If research is reported on in the paper, this section must be completed and should include suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process.

Practical implications (if applicable)

What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? All papers should have practical applications. What changes to practice might be made as a result of this research/paper?

What is original/value of paper

What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to whom.

Please send your abstract no later than 21 January 2011 to:

Dr Dan Dorner, RSCAO Chair


Mrs. Tan Keat Fong, Regional Manager, IFLA Regional Office for Asia and Oceania


All proposals must be in before 21 January 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 January 2011