Call for Papers

Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group

How can libraries and information centres improve access to women's information and preserve women's cultural heritage?



8-10 August 2012


University of Tampere, Finland

IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group (WIL) in cooperation with Women's Information Network Europe (WINE) invites colleagues to submit proposals for its satellite conference to be held at University of Tampere, Finland, 8th to 10th August 2012.

Scope / Objectives of the Conference

The Conference aims to discuss:

  • ways libraries and information centres provide access to feminist, human rights and gender information
  • ways to preserve women’s cultural heritage
  • the role of libraries and information centres in the internet era, and the role of the internet in democratising access to women´s information and information for women

Papers can cover a wide range of related areas including:

 1) Collection strategies:

  • Collection strategies of mainstream: whose histories are we collecting, and for whom are we collecting them?
  • New directions: How do we shape collections so that they serve future diverse generations?
  • Libraries and archives as knowledge producers
  • Oral history projects
  • Strategies for collecting and preserving the memories of migrant and refugee women

 2) Providing access to women's or gender information:

  • Tools to promote access to and enable exchange of women’s or gender information
  • Thesauri, anthologies, tags, gender mainstreaming classification schemes
  • Good practices in providing access to women’s and gender information
  • Dissemination of gendered information in a globalised world

3) Libraries/information centres and new media in a gendered world:

  • The changing function of libraries in the Internet era
  • Dealing with the new media: challenge or opportunity?
  • Digital information centres as a solution to financial and distribution challenges
  • The digital gap, gender and development
  • Developing digital libraries
  • The role of social networks

Submission Guidelines

Proposals to be submitted by email to including:

  • Title of the paper
  • Abstract of approximately 150 words, summarising the paper
  • 3-6 keywords
  • Speaker's name, professional affiliation, postal address, email address and brief biographical note.

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel chaired by the Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group Convener in cooperation with WINE. Papers and presentations should be unpublished, original works. IFLA has first publication rights to papers selected.

Conference presentations will be made in English. They will be no longer than 20 minutes, with extra time for discussion at the end of the session.

Letters of invitation can be issued to presenters upon request.

First-time presenters and new professionals are especially encouraged to apply.

Important dates

31st January 2012: Submission of abstracts

21st February 2012: Notification of acceptance

Further information

For additional information about the conference, please vist the conference website.


All proposals must be in before 31 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