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World Library and Information Congress: 71st IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries - A voyage of discovery"

August 14th - 18th 2005, Oslo, Norway

Call for Papers: Audiovisual and Multimedia Section

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) will be meeting in Berlin, Germany, August 1st - 9th, 2003. As part of the conference, the Section on Audiovisual and Multimedia is planning an Open

Forum entitled: Access to Audiovisual and Multimedia Materials According to the IFLA AVM Guidelines:

"An ever-increasing amount of information - covering educational and recreational interests as well as information needs - is being produced in a wide range of audiovisual and electronic formats. Access to these materials should be as open and as free as access to print-based materials..."

"Audiovisual materials can reach out to sections of the public for whom the traditional print-based materials have little impact, e.g. to those who are reluctant to use the printed word, and to those with visual and other handicaps."

"Almost every library user or visitor is a potential user of audiovisual and multimedia materials as well as of print..."

However, access to AVM materials within libraries is often not easy and sometimes the library almost seems to hide them from general view, in consideration of physical, technical and legal constraints to their use.

These materials are not generally included in the library OPAC.

They may well be stored separately from print materials, and consultation of them may be restricted.

How can access be improved for these materials? How can we promote usage of these materials by easy access?


If you are interested in presenting a paper on this topic, please send your proposal to Monika Cremer (title and brief abstract with your name, affiliation and address, preferably in a Word e-mail attachment, also fax or mail copies will be accepted).

Submissions must be sent by 24th of January 2005 to:
Monika Cremer
Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek
D-37070 Göttingen, Germany
E-mail: cremer@sub.uni-goettingen.de

Please note that all fees, including registration to the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors of the accepted papers.