Call for Papers

Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section with Literacy and Reading

Libraries creating content for/with children and young adults



IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section and Literacy and Reading Section.

Libraries have always created content, writing reviews, organising writing clubs or collecting oral tradition for instance, and editing and publishing it in different ways, confidential or not. But content development has greatly increased in the last decade, thanks to the much larger inclusion of readers in library life and of course, thanks to technology. It makes collecting, recording, creating, publishing and accessing so much easier and more possible to most, not only to librarians but to young readers and their families. How is this content creation happening? What kind of content is being created, how, who by, with what goals? How are these actions helping children and/or young adults and their families engage with reading? How is local content being published and preserved? How is it being received all over the world?

We are interested in presentations on content creation and publishing in libraries, for and/or with children and young adults

  • by librarians; by librarians in partnership with other professionals
  • with/by children and young adults
  • with/by families
  • to support parents with literacy problems so that they can help their children develop a love of reading
  • to collect, capture or create content related to traditional knowledge and cultural heritage
  • using digital literacy in particular
  • creating social media content and other web content (blog posts, podcasts, videos…)
  • publishing (in printed or digital form) and giving access to locally created content
  • the impact of creating and giving access to locally created content

Submission Guidelines

Proposals must be sent before 15 February 2014 via email to:

Kirsten Boelt
Email: [email protected]

They must include (in English or in French):

  • Title of paper
  • Summary of paper (up to 500 words- ½ page)
  • Which elements of the Call the paper covers
  • The speaker’s name, address, telephone and fax numbers,
  • professional affiliation, email address and biographical note (40 words)

The abstracts will be reviewed by the Review Committee. Successful proposals will be identified and announced by 28 February 2014.

Full text papers should be provided by 30 April 2014. They can be written in any of the seven IFLA official languages, but a translation into English will be very welcome. They should be 3-20 pages long, in a Word file. They must include an abstract and an appendix “lessons learnt”: succinct recommendations derived from the paper content.

Oral presentations of papers will be of 15 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion with the audience. Texts of oral presentations must be sent to [email protected] before August 1st 2014, so that translations can be prepared.

Important Dates

15 February 2014 Deadline for submissions
28 February 2014 Notification of acceptance/rejection
30 April 2014 Deadline for submission of full papers


One-day 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.


IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults
Chair: Viviana Quiñones
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Centre national de la littérature pour la jeunesse
Quai François-Mauriac
75706 Paris cedex 13, France
Tél. + 33 (0)1 53 79 52 86,
fax + 33 (0)1 53 79 41 80
Email: [email protected]

Secretary: Kirsten Boelt
Deputy City Librarian
Aalborg Public Libraries
Rendsburggade 2, Postboks 839
DK-9100 AALBORG Denmark
Tel. +(45)99314425, fax +(45)99314390
Email: [email protected]

IFLA Section Literacy and Reading
Chair: Annie Everall
Director, Authors Aloud UK
United Kingdom
Tel. +(44)(1543) 278410
Fax +(44)(1543) 278410
Email: [email protected]

Secretary: Barbara Combes
Lecturer, Charles SturtUniversity
Wagga Wagga NSW PO Box 48
GUILDFOR Western Australia
6935 Australia
Email: [email protected]


All proposals must be in before 15 февраля 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: 17 December 2013