Call for Papers

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
& Asia and Oceania Section

Rare and special collections in the Asian or Oceanian context

IFLA Rare Books and Manuscripts Section and the Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania want to promote awareness of special collections, not only as heritage of the past, but also as a foundation for the future. Therefore we need to ask how "new" special collections come into being, what defines a special collection and how can we ensure that special and rare material is collected today to serve the cultural memory of tomorrow.

Objective of the Session

The objective of this year's session is to identify and present materials and collections considered rare or special in Asian or Oceanian institutions, or collections of rare materials from Asia or Oceania held in institutions in other parts of the world. A special emphasis in this session will be on why these materials are considered to be rare or special, and the consequences on actions for preservation and marketing.

Proposals for papers can be sent for the one-day session to be held in the National Library of Singapore, during the 2013 IFLA World Library and Information Congress; it is hoped that more information on these special collections can be offered in posters during the session at the National Library.

The proposed papers and posters should focus on printed and handwritten collections, or any collection considered as "special" and to be preserved over a long period.

Papers can be given in any of the IFLA official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish), but papers or abstracts in English will be preferred as simultaneous translation will not be offered.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should include:

  • An abstract of paper approximately 500 words, preferably in English.
  • Attach a summary of the author(s) details (name, institution, position) and a brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words.

Proposals must be sent no later than 31 January 2013 the extended deadline 28 February 2013 to:

Raphaële Mouren, Chair, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section


Dan Dorner, Chair, IFLA Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania

Chosen papers will be notified by March 15th, 2013. Presenters will be expected to submit final versions of their papers by May 1st, 2013.

Important dates

31 January 2013: 28 February 2013Deadline for submission of abstract
15 March 2013:Notification of acceptance
1 May 2013:Deadline for submission of final paper



All proposals must be in before 28 February 2013.

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 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: 31 January 2013