Call for Papers

Preservation and Conservation Section
& Education and Training Section

Empowering staff through preservation training! How your library and users will reap the benefits


The preservation of the cultural heritage is an ongoing responsibility for libraries and archives. Ensuring that staff understand their role and are trained to handle preservation issues is an integral component of library and archives operations. It begins when an item is selected and acquired for the collection, and plays an ongoing role in handling, storage, display and lending. Come share your successful experiences in training your staff to contribute to a comprehensive preservation program for your collections.

Have you set up a training plan for your staff covering any or all of the following topics? We would like to showcase practical examples of best practices that would appeal to an audience of librarians and archivists from around the world with varied backgrounds and resources.

Subjects to be covered

  • Nature of materials: how they are manufactured and why they deteriorate
  • How to minimize deterioration
  • Environmental and storage guidelines
  • Care and handling
  • Disaster prevention and recovery

This will be a multiple speaker presentations. Each speaker will present for 20 minutes. It is a 2 hour time slot so there will be time for seven 20 minute presentations with 20 minutes at the end for Q&A.

Important dates

January 15, 2012 - Deadline for submitting abstracts: Proposals for papers should be in English and include a structured abstract of no longer than 200-400 words and biographical details of the author (40 words). We ask that you provide samples of your training materials along with your proposal, these could include links to electronic resources or print.

Notifications of acceptance by the end of January 2012

April 25, 2012 - Deadline for submitting full text of paper

Please submit your proposals to:

Danielle Mincio
Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire Lausanne, Unithèque, Switzerland


Julie Arnott
University of Notre Dame, USA


Lynn Brodie
Library of Parliament, Canada


All proposals must be in before 15 January 2012.

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 Finnish National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 13 January 2012