Call for Papers

Art Libraries Section

Crossing Boundaries: Art Libraries, Museums and Archives in a Global Context

Global communications, free access to digitized collections, and the ability to cross-search widely dispersed information sources are having a profound impact on cultural studies. In art libraries, museums and archives, global data exchange is enabling all sorts of new discoveries. As traditional hierarchies, categories and distinctions lose their significance, previously unknown contexts are being revealed. In Western countries, networks of library catalogues, digitized museum collections, inventories, etc., have been activated from the very beginning of internet communication onwards. However, the exchange of knowledge and data between non-Western and Western cultures is only beginning. The IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Singapore in 2013 is a welcome occasion to bring together the experiences, expertise and projects of art libraries, museums and archives that have developed against the background of global communication networks—crossing old boundaries and exploring new intercultural frontiers.

The Art Libraries Section of IFLA and members of the National Library of Singapore are organizing a workshop dedicated to highlighting communication, collaboration and networking among Asian cultural institutions with their neighbors in the region and beyond. Speakers will have the opportunity to showcase their current activities and to discuss them with representatives from around the world.

The workshop will be held in the Ngee Ann Auditorium at the Asian Civilizations Museum on Wednesday 21 August 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Specialists in the fields of art libraries, museum libraries, archives and related areas are invited to submit proposals for 15-20 minute presentations. Presentations will be followed by discussions with the audience. English as the conference language is requested.

The proposals must be submitted in electronic format and must contain

  • Title of the paper
  • Author(s) of the paper
  • Abstract or summary of the paper (400 words maximum)
  • Speaker’s name, address, professional affiliation, email address, and biographical note (40 words maximum)

Please submit proposals to

Jan Simane, Chair of the Art Libraries Section (
Martin Flynn, Secretary of the Section (
Kong Leng Foong, National Library Board Singapore (


All proposals must be in before 31 March 2013.

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: 7 February 2013