Call for Papers

Latin America and the Caribbean Section

Building the future in Latin America and the Caribbean: local priorities and global opportunities


The IFLA Latin America and the Caribbean Section invites interested professionals in different areas of Library and Information Sciences to submit proposals for the open session to be held in Singapore from 17th - 23rd August, 2013.


Some of the topics included in the session will be, among others, the following:

  • Local and/or regional information policies
  • New uses and applications of technology
  • Open access
  • Impact of the digital environment
  • Innovative library services
  • Physical and virtual learning spaces
  • Integration and social inclusion
  • Librarians in new roles
  • Local, regional and international cooperation

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should include:

  • Title;
  • An abstract between 800 to 1000 words in English or Spanish;
  • Personal information (name, email, phone, complete address);
  • Institutional data (position and institution);
  • Indication of the preferred presentation language (Spanish or English).

All proposals will be evaluated by the Selection Committee appointed by the Latin America and the Caribbean Section.

Tips for authors:

Abstracts should include the following elements:

  1. Introduction: brief the subject, the problem, the objectives and major researches published;
  2. Materials and Methods: briefly present the materials and methods used, such as method used, population and sample, techniques, instruments and procedures for data collection and analysis procedures;
  3. Partial / Final Results: briefly present the results sought and/or obtained so far;
  4. Partial / Final Considerations: briefly present considerations made so far, about the relevant aspects of the work and necessary recommendations;
  5. References: present the work of the authors cited in the text.

Information about the presentations:

  • Papers must be original and not presented or published elsewhere.
  • Papers can be written and presented in English or Spanish.
  • The work will have a maximum of 20 pages, double-spaced.
  • The abstract and the paper should be sent via email in a MS Word file.

Information about LAC session in Singapore:

  • It is expected to have simultaneous translation for this session, however, is recommended that the slides are presented in English, even if the presentation is in Spanish.
  • Authors will have 20 minutes to present their work, prepare a concise presentation including its relevant aspects. Paper should not be read only.

Please send your proposals to:

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


Silvia Cecilia Anselmi
Secretary, IFLA Latin America and the Caribbean Section

When you send the message please indicate "IFLA WLIC 2013 Proposal" in the subject line.

Important dates

February 15, 2013:Submission of proposals
March 20, 2013:Proposals will be evaluated and notification to the authors will be sent
May 1, 2013:Successful speakers should send the full text of their papers, so that the jury has time to review and suggest appropriate adjustments
May 30, 2013:Deadline for authors to submit final papers
June 15, 2013:Deadline for speakers wishing to send translations of their work



All proposals must be in before 15 February 2013.

Please note

Accepted proposals involve a moral commitment to participate in the Congress. In case there are several authors, at least one must be present in the session to present the paper.

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

Last update: 11 January 2013