Call for Papers

Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section
& School Libraries Section

15 to 20 year olds reading across the world: Why? Where? How?



23 August 2014


Bibliothèque nationale de France (the National Library of France), Paris, France


Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section with School Libraries Section.

In collaboration with IASL International Association of School Librarianship and the local Organizing Committee:

  • CNDP (Centre national de documentation pédagogique),
  • ABF (Association des Bibliothécaires de France, Groupe Ile-de-France),
  • Lecture Jeunesse,
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France (Centre national de la littérature pour la jeunesse and Direction de la Diffusion culturelle),
  • Bibliothèque publique d'information, Service Nouvelle Génération, Centre Georges Pompidou,
  • Ministère de l'Éducation nationale,
  • IFLA Lyon Organizing Committee.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a presentation for the IFLA Satellite Meeting to be held in Paris, France, on Saturday August 23rd 2014, at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the National Library of France.

Young people between 15 and 20 years old around the world live in very different geographic, social, economic, every-day life conditions. Some attend secondary school or university, some work, some both study and work and some do not study nor work. Changing, fickle, they are at an age that is key for self-construction, and they often receive little support from adults.

Cultural institutions in every country struggle to attract these teenagers and young adults. They are an important target for cultural workers trying to interest them in reading. How can we give or restore a place for reading in their lives? How can 15-20 year olds that do not read be led to reading? What roles can be played by physical and digital libraries, by schools and cultural institutions, by associations and work places? This conference intends to study these questions and to produce recommendations useful to practitioners.

The expected audience is likely to include public and school librarians, teachers, cultural workers, students and scholars as well other professionals working with teenagers and young adults.


We are particularly interested in presentations on the following topics:

1. Places and practices for 15-20 year olds' reading across the world

  • The professionals' point of view: How do professionals in different countries view young people's reading/not reading and their reading places?
  • The young people's point of view: What vision do 15-20 year olds in different countries have of reading, of reading places and of professionals?

2. What reading offerings (printed/digital), for what reading programs around the world, to render reading visible and attractive?

  • Programs for 15-20 year olds: How to introduce books to them? (design of reading places; collection display in public libraries, school libraries, residences and associations for young people; oral/written presentations of texts by teachers, librarians and others; marketing; reading clubs)
  • The question of "legitimate" content: Are there « good » or « bad » reads? Must one absolutely read? Why? How is the question of "legitimate" content considered across the world? How do schools across the world set the rules for reading? How is literature for young adults considered: is it of good quality and adapted to readers? Is reading for pleasure opposed to "high reading"?
  • How is digital technology used to foster 15-20 year olds' reading and participation?

3. How do all actors, including young people, participate in reading programs around the world?

  • The importance of young people's active participation in reading programs: How are the programs organized, what skills and training are necessary for the actors involved in those programs?
  • Bringing reading and culture to 15-20 year olds where they are: outreach programs, partnerships with other professionals; partnerships with commercial enterprises, schools, cultural institutions, and associations.
  • How to reach young people who read very little or do not read at all? What actions and programs are needed for them?

4. How to evaluate reading programs for 15-20 year olds?

  • How to devise quality evaluation?
  • How to fix precise goals?
  • What criteria for evaluation?
  • What are the difficulties? Are difficulties for evaluation the same in different countries?
  • Case studies

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be sent before 31st January 2014 via email to:
Kirsten Boelt

Proposals must include in English or in French (please submit in both languages if it is possible for you):

  • Title of paper
  • Summary of paper (up to 500 words)
  • The speaker's name, address, telephone and fax numbers, professional affiliation, email address and short biographical note (40 words)

The official languages of the meeting are English and French. Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided.

The abstracts will be reviewed by the Review Committee. Successful proposals will be identified and announced by 21st February 2014.

Full text papers should be submitted in a Word file by 30 April 2014. Papers should be 3-20 pages long and written in English or in French. Papers must include an abstract and an appendix with practical recommendations derived from the paper. The length of oral presentations of papers will be communicated in due time.

Presentations can be in English or in French. The texts of oral presentations must be sent at least three weeks before the conference, so that their translation can be prepared.

Important Deadlines

31 January 2014 Deadline for submissions
21 February 2014 Notification of acceptance/rejection
April 2014 Final program and full registration information
30 April 2014 Deadline for submission of final papers


Registration fees will be waived for the speakers. However, it is the speakers' responsibility to find funding for travel, accommodation and associated costs, which IFLA and its Sections are not in a position to fund.


Section IFLA Bibliothèques pour Enfants et Adolescents
Chair: Viviana Quiñones
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Centre national de la littérature pour la jeunesse - La Joie par les livres
Quai François-Mauriac
75706 Paris cedex 13, France
Tél. + 33 (0)1 53 79 52 86

Secretary: Kirsten Boelt
Deputy City Librarian
Aalborg Public Libraries
Rendsburggade 2, Postboks 839
DK-9100 Aalborg, Denmark
Tel. +(45)99314425
Fax +(45)99314390

Section IFLA Bibliothèques scolaires
- Barbara Schultz-Jones, Chair; Email:
- Dianne Oberg, Secretary; Email:

IASL – International Association of School Librarianship
- Luisa Marquardt, Director Europe; Email:
- Dianne Oberg, Director Canada; Email:

Local Organising Committee

Centre National de la Documentation Pédagogique (CNDP) - Centre régional de la documentation pédagogique (CRDP) - Scéren
- Scéren-CNDP: Jean-Marc Merriaux, directeur général
- CRDP de l'académie de Paris: Bertrand Cocq, directeur et Brigitte Pierrat, chargée de mission. Gaëlle Bebin, responsable de la communication et des formations Email:

Association Lecture Jeunesse
Director: Sonia de Leusse
190, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
Tel: + 33 (0)1 44 72 81 50
Member of Governing Board working for the conference: Christine Détrez, professor of « Sociologie de la culture et de la réception » at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.

ABF, Association des bibliothécaires de France
Groupe ABF Ile-de-France: Christine Péclard, présidente
Médiathèque Marguerite Duras
115, rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 25 49 10
Email: Bibliothèque Publique d'Information (Bpi)

Service Nouvelle Génération: Mélanie Archambaud, chef du service
25 rue du Renard, 75197 Paris Cedex 04
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 44 32

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Centre national de la littérature pour la jeunesse: Viviana Quiñones, Email:
- Direction de la Diffusion culturelle, Département des publics et de la médiation: Lucile Trunel, chef du service de l'action pédagogique; Email:

IFLA National Committee 2014
Mireille Lamouroux, IFLA Section School Libraries; Email:

Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, Inspection générale
Groupe Etablissements et vie scolaire: Michel Reverchon-Billot, IGEN EVS


All proposals must be in before 31 января 2014.

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 French 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 December 2013