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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:

Mobile Libraries Section

Theme: A Voyage to Discovery - Libraries on the Move

The IFLA Mobile Libraries Section is hosting an open session at the annual conference in Oslo and is also helping to organise the "Nordic Mobile Meet" Satellite meeting, which is immediately preceeding the main IFLA conference, 12th-14th August 2005 in Oslo.

Theme and Objectives

The general theme for both events is "A Voyage to Discovery - Libraries on the Move". . We are interested in raising the profile of the mobile library showing to the world that mobile libraries are an integral part of the library service not just a peripheral add-on.

The objective for our sessions is to show that with the current advances in IT, mobile libraries can now have access to world-wide information and pass that access on to people in every last corner of the globe.

Topics for papers:

We would like to hear from people who can tell us of innovations in giving access to socially deprived people. We would prefer to hear from actual working and sustainable schemes.

We would also like to hear from people giving services under difficult conditions.

By mobile library we mean any system of taking books out to scattered communities. At its most basic this could be by carrying books on the librarians back right up to service on an ocean going ship.

How to submit a proposal:

Proposals (300-500 words) should be sent to the address below, by Friday 10th December 2004. Three papers will be selected for the IFLA day and three for the mobilemeet day. Final papers must not exceed 20 minutes in length when read aloud.

The paper should be in one of the five IFLA languages. An English translation would be useful for us to make choice but is not obligatory.
See IFLA General Guidelines for Papers found at: http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla71/callinfo-e.htm

Submit to:
Ian Stringer
E-mail: ianstringer@barnsley.gov.uk
Post: 3 Spring Garden, Hensall, Goole, DN14 0QL, United Kingdom


Ruth Ornholt
E-mail: ruth.ornholt@hordaland-f.kommune.no
Post: Hordaland County Library, P.O.box 7900, Bergen, Norway


15 January 2005: Deadline to submit proposals
1 February 2005: Notification of acceptance
27 May 2005: Deadline to submit final papers.

Regrettably, we are not in a position to provide financial support, but a formal invitation will be issued to the authors of accepted papers.

More information: http://www.nordicmobile.no/