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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:
Reading Section

The IFLA Reading Section is hosting an open session in Oslo. The Section wishes to pursue its discussion of the characteristics that make for sustainable, successful reading programmes that have a positive impact on the participants.

Theme and objectives:

The general theme for the session is 'Libraries, literacy and partnership: voyages and discoveries.' This broad theme is linked to the overall conference theme 'Libraries: a voyage of discovery', and to IFLA President Kay Raseroka's theme of 'Libraries for lifelong literacy'.

The objective for our session is to demonstrate how we work actively with other agencies in the development, management and evaluation of our reading programmes. Those making proposals are urged to give special attention to the role of partnerships, training and evaluation, as you answer the questions listed below.

Topics for papers:

We would like to hear from community or region-based reading programmes that have been in place for some time, and we ask speakers to consider the following questions, raised in the Section's Guidelines for Library-based Literacy Programs: Some Practical Suggestions, when planning presentations:
  1. Who is our audience?
  2. How do we start planning and developing community cooperation?
  3. Who are our potential partners?
  4. What materials are needed and how do we choose them?
  5. How do we train our staff?
  6. How do we promote our literacy program?
  7. How can we tell if we are successful?
  8. How do we keep our program going?
(The Guidelines may be found at: http://archive.ifla.org/VII/s33/project/literacy.htm)

During the session a panel of experts will discuss the programmes presented, in order to share knowledge and to consider further work of this kind.

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. Final papers must not exceed 20 minutes in length when read aloud.

Briony Train
Lecturer, Department of Information Studies
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
211 Portobello Street
Sheffield S1 4DP, United Kingdom
Email: b.train@sheffield.ac.uk Fax: +44 114 278 0300


10 December 2004: Deadline to submit proposals
28 January 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. Papers must be submitted in one of the five official IFLA languages (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish).

Papers not selected for the open session may be considered for one or more of the following:
  • Inclusion in a Reading Section brochure of reading promotion case studies of good practice
  • Inclusion in the Reading Section newsletter
  • A poster session (once you have heard the results of the review committee, please follow the instructions about submitting a proposal, available athttp://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla71/call-poster-pr2005.htm).