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World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society"

20-24 August 2006, Seoul, Korea


Call for Papers

Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning with Preservation and Conservation Section and PAC Core Activity


"Preservation Advocacy and Education"

The need to advocate for preservation education has never been greater as librarians are faced with an ever-growing list of responsibilities.

Cultural heritage collections are growing exponentially in many formats, analog as well as digital. In this context, we are compelled to advance preservation awareness to ever-expanding diverse audiences. These audiences include but are not limited to administrators, collectors, librarians, computer scientists and engineers, politicians, architects, and the general public - including children.

We are also challenged to maintain preservation standards and disaster plans, in consultation with experts. To do this we must address issues of changing attitudes, trends, priorities, financial needs, and technological developments. Finally, we must continually "migrate and reformat" ourselves in order to stay abreast of evolving audiences and issues. This may require that we develop innovations in the ways in which we advocate and educate, using, among other things, distance learning, publications, exhibitions, workshops, formal degree programs, and professional conferences (web-and paper-based).

The IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning, and Preservation and Conservation Sections, together with the Preservation and Conservation Core Activity are planning a joint program covering these topics for the Seoul conference. The program will comprise both papers and demonstrations of tools developed for education in the preservation field.

We are issuing a call for papers. We are specially looking for case studies or practical presentations. We are seeking contributions for the two following programs:
  • a two-hour session with speakers presenting papers that describe studies that have defined the extent and nature of preservation problems, and demonstrations of campaigns used to raise awareness and educate stakeholders;
  • a two-hour hands-on session with speakers presenting best practices in training library staff in basic preservation principles and techniques, and demonstrations of training methods, tools, and courses.

If interested, please send a one-page abstract and information on the author by 15 December 2005 to:
Sarah Toulouse for the PAC Section,
Susan Schnuer for CPDWL Section, and
Ms. Christiane Baryla for PAC Core activity.

The abstracts will be reviewed by members of both standing committees and PAC Core activity. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-February 2006.

Full papers will be due on 1 May 2006, to allow time for review of papers and translations. Papers should not be longer than 20 pages. A maximum of 20 minutes will be allowed for a presentation or summary of the paper during the Sections program in the Conference.

All the abstracts must be in English. Papers can be presented during the Conference in any IFLA working language (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish), but the hands-on presentations should be in English only.

Information on the author should include name, contact details, affiliations (home institution, professional memberships, etc) and a brief statement of experience and expertise related to the themes of this conference program.

Please note: that the expenses of attending the Seoul conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.