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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:
Information Literacy & Management and Marketing Section

The IFLA Information Literacy Section and the IFLA Management and Marketing Section are holding a joint session during the Oslo World Library 2005 conference 14-18 August.

Theme: "Information Literacy: a voyage of discovery for citizens"

The theme is citizens' discovery of their own capability with information, and of the ways in which librarians and information professionals can help citizens fulfill their goals and dreams.

This will be a 2 hour session with presentations and short panel discussion.

We are aiming to have speakers from different sectors, perspectives and countries for this session.
The speakers may come, for example, from:
  • Public library sector
  • Social action and citizen groups
  • Public administration
  • Community and outreach librarians

The focus for the session is on participants' understanding the citizen (your "customer") and what the citizen could gain from information literacy. The citizens might have educational goals, business goals, survival goals, or personal goals and dreams. These are all areas where information literacy could be transformational.

The focus is also on librarians being willing to put aside assumptions, acknowledge the skills that citizens already have, and empathise with citizens' life goals.

Papers may include:

  • case studies which show how librarians in different types of library and culture had built on their knowledge of their market to create information literacy services or education which had an impact on people's lives.
  • research, testimony or informed reflection on the needs of a particular group of citizens, and how this group could benefit from greater information literacy

If you would like to propose a paper yourself OR if you would like to suggest a speaker for this theme please contact Sheila Webber or Christina Tovoté (see below for details). IFLA asks for a full text paper (this does not have to be lengthy!) to be supplied before the conference itself. We have applied for simulataneous translation at this session, but do not yet know whether we will have it.

Unfortunately IFLA cannot provide funding for speakers' attendance.


Christina Tovoté
Pedagogical Developer, Stockholm
University Library
SE-10691 Stockholm
E-mail: christina.tovote@sub.su.se
Tel. +46 8 164005
Fax +46 8 157776