Call for Papers

Latin America and the Caribbean Section

Libraries and information services in Latin America and the Caribbean: between the tradition and the transition


The IFLA Latin America and the Caribbean Section invites LIS faculty, librarians, practitioners, and other interested professionals to participate with proposals for its open session that will has place at Helsinki, Finland. Suggested topics for this session include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Access to local and regional knowledge and information
  • Use of technology in libraries for preserving and delivering cultural heritage
  • Libraries and information services for the XXI century
  • Digital libraries: challenges and opportunities
  • Open access to scientific information
  • Library services innovation
  • Librarian role in the service transition
  • Librarian education and training for the XXI century

Submissions and session details

  • Proposals must be original and have never been published elsewhere before
  • The proposal should include a title and an abstract of no more than 500 words, plus a brief speaker(s) biography
  • All proposals will be evaluated by a committee from the IFLA Latin America and the Caribbean Section
  • Papers would be written and presented in Spanish or English
  • Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced
  • Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a Word file by e-mail
  • It is hoped that simultaneous interpretation will be available for this session, but we strongly recommend that the presentation slides are in English, even if the presentation is delivered in Spanish
  • 20 minutes will be allowed for delivering a summary of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper should not to be read

Important dates

  • All proposals must be in before 31 January 2012.
  • The proposals will be evaluated and notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent by 29 February 2012
  • Speakers must supply the full paper by 30 April 2012 to allow time for its review and to incorporate Committee suggestions
  • The final paper should be sent on 1 June 2012
  • Speakers who wish to supply translations of their papers should be also sent on 1 June 2012

Please email your proposals to:

Sigrid Karin Weiss Dutra
Chair, Latin America and the Caribbean Section

Jaime Ríos Ortega
Secretary, Latin America and the Caribbean Section


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