Call for Papers

Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section

Transcending Boundaries to Increase Cultural Understanding between Countries

IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section is pleased to invite speakers to submit and present papers for a Satellite Conference in conjunction with the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2012.


8-9 August 2012


Lappeenranta City Hall, Lappeenranta, Finland


  • IFLA Section of Library Services to Multicultural Populations
  • Local organizers Lappeenranta City Library The City of Lappeenranta
  • Turku University of Applied Sciences

Scope / Objectives of the Conference

Issues on how to transcend boundaries between nations but also between people.

Papers can cover a wide range of related areas including:

  • Presentation of different projects with a multicultural perspective, including several countries.
  • Twin library activities between libraries from different parts of the world.
  • Indigenous matters as means to cooperate with other peoples of the globe.
  • Recruitment of multicultural staff in libraries and elsewhere as a method to lessen obstacles and increase cooperation in the local community
  • Programming and other activities in the library to promote increased understanding between different groups of visitors

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be in English and submitted by email to: and

and include:

  • Title of the paper
  • Abstract of approximately 500 words, summarising the paper
  • 3-6 keywords
  • Speaker´s name, professional affiliation, postal address, email address and a brief biographical note.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Programme Committee of the Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section.

Conference presentations will be made in English. They will be no longer than 20-25 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

15 March 2012 Submission of abstracts
15 April 2012 Notification of acceptance



All proposals must be in before 15 March 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