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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

Management of Library Associations Section


"Advocacy in action; new roles for Library Associations"

The Management of Library Associations Section is seeking papers for our program in Seoul entitled: Advocacy in action; new roles for Library Associations

"Library associations are becoming increasingly active in advocating for libraries, for the establishment of libraries where none exist, for increased funding for libraries, and for public recognition of the role that libraries play in literacy and the information society. A series of presentations will explore some of the variety of ways in which library associations around the world have been involved in successful advocacy efforts, and will provide participants with insights in how they can strengthen advocacy activities in their own countries."

Examples of these advocacy activities might include:
  • public relations campaigns to increase awareness of the value of libraries and librarians
  • legislative campaigns to secure national legislation favorable to libraries or increased funding for libraries
  • association activities to advance the profession of librarianship within a country
  • association activities to support local funding or library development goals
  • other association-initiated advocacy efforts.

In addition, papers are solicited which provide practical "how to" advice on how best to initiate or strengthen advocacy efforts in any of the areas above.

We are particularly interested in featuring projects from every area of the world.


Please e-mail abstracts (maximum 500 words) by MARCH 9, 2006) to:
Keith Michael Fiels, Chair
Management of Library Associations Section
E-mail: kfiels@ala.org

Please include the following information:
  • Abstract
  • Names of presenter(s)
  • Position or title of presenter (s)
  • Employer or affiliated institution
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone/fax numbers
  • E-mail address
  • Short biographical statement and/or resume

Notifications of abstracts acceptance will be issued by 1 April, 2006

The deadline for submission of full papers is 15 May, 2006

Please note that regrettably, no financial support can be provided, but a special invitation can be sent to authors of accepted papers.

Abstracts and papers must be submitted in one of the official IFLA languages (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Chinese) or Korean.

We hope to see you at the conference in Seoul and welcome your submissions.

Keith Michael Fiels
Executive Director
American Library Association
+(1)(800) 545-2433 ext.1392