Call for Papers

Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section

Dynamic African Libraries for Young People: showcasing best practices to inspire us all

The IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section invite proposals for papers to be presented at their Open Session (Off-site) on Dynamic African Libraries for Young People: showcasing best practices to inspire us all organized with Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA), during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa 15-21, August 2015. 

This off-site session will take place at one of Cape Town City libraries.

Following the session in Lyon 2014, “Libraries in Africa meeting the needs of children and young adults”, the section Libraries for Children and Young Adults continues, as it is only fitting in South Africa, to focus on African libraries for young people, in an off-site session that will include a library visit.

We are particularly interested in presentations that will highlight best practices in libraries for young people in any of the African countries – practices that can inspire librarians in all continents. Papers must include conclusions and recommendations.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be sent before 15 February 2015 via email to:

Kirsten Boelt

Proposals in English or French:

  • 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 abstracts will be reviewed by the Review Committee. Successful proposals will be identified and announced by 1 March 2015.

Full text papers should be submitted in a Word file by 30 April 2015. Papers should be 3-20 pages long and written in English or in French. Papers must include an abstract and a conclusion with practical recommendations derived from the paper.

The length of oral presentations of papers will be communicated in due time. Simultaneous Interpretation will not be provided. Presentations can be in English or in French.

The texts of oral presentations in French must be sent before July 24th, so that their translation into English for consecutive interpretation can be prepared. No translation from English to French will be provided.

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions 15 February 2015

Notification of acceptance/rejection 1 March 2015

Deadline for submission of final papers 30 April 2015

Deadline for sending oral presentations in French 24 July 2015


All proposals must be in before 15 February 2015.

Please note

At least one of the paper's authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Cape Town. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2015 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Author Form.

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 letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 7 January 2015