Call for Papers

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
& Library History Special Interest Group

History of librarianship


25-26 August 2014


Université de Lyon-École nationale supérieure des sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques, Lyon-Villeurbanne, France


The library profession has existed since ancient times and has undergone many changes. These shifts have been impacted by political, religious, educational, intellectual and cultural history spanning countries and peoples. Throughout its evolution, the profession has found itself both in parallel and at odds with dominant cultural and political forces.

The aim of the conference is to provide a comparative history of librarianship. It will seek to highlight not only the history of practices and motivations driving the profession but to also reflect theoretically on the divergent views among librarians in their role of gatekeepers to knowledge on the one hand and serving specific audiences to facilitate access on the other.

Conference Theme and Focus

Papers are requested that focus on the following topics:

  • The development of library education
  • Professional publications
  • Theoretical reflections
  • The actions and activities of groups and organizations
  • Organizational and institutional development
  • Discord and continuities that reflect difference between the expectations of librarians and their public
  • The role of IFLA and national and international associations
  • Internationalization of librarianship


Your proposals should be sent no later than 30 November 2013.

The organizers are currently pursuing funding to support a limited number of speakers who require financial support to attend the conference. Please indicate in your submission if you need financial support.

Abstracts of 1000 characters max. and short CV of authors will be submitted on the website

To submit an abstract, please create a (free) account on the left of the homepage.

Registration on the conference website is free but mandatory.

Contact Person: Raphaële Mouren,


All proposals must be in before 30 ноября 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 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: 10 December 2013