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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

Reading Section and the
Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section

The Reading Section and the Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section of IFLA are hosting a joint Session in Seoul, South Korea.

Theme and objectives:

The general theme for the session is Family Reading. This theme is linked to the overall theme of the 2006 World Library and Information Congress "Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society" and to President Byrne's theme of "Partnerships".

The objectives of the session are to reflect the priorities, interests and activities of the two sections; to learn of the needs and interests of Korean libraries and librarians; and to provide a focus on Family Reading around the world.

The programme will include an overview of Family Reading in Korea and internationally, as well as a paper on research in this field from around the world, presented by three invited speakers.

This Call for Papers is intended to stimulate members to present best practice from their community, country or region. Members of both sections are encouraged to respond with a proposal to ensure that the interests of both sections is promoted and shared.

Topics for papers:
We would like to hear about community or region-based programmes that have been in place for some time and can be promoted as 'best practice'. We are thinking about Family Reading in its broadest sense: library programmes designed for those from the cradle to old age, especially those which involve more than one generation; parent-baby; storytelling for pre-schoolers; programmes for elders and grandchildren. Some programmes may not take place in the library, but the library staff will be a partner with other community groups.

We ask speakers to consider the following questions as they prepare a proposal:
  • Who is the audience for our programme?
  • How did we start our planning and develop our community cooperation?
  • Who are our partners?
  • What materials do we use?
  • How do we train the staff?
  • How do we promote our programme?
  • How do we know we are successful?
  • How can we keep the programme going?

How to submit a proposal

Proposals of one page (at least 300 words) should be sent to the address below on or before DECEMBER 31, 2005.
Please include relevant biographical information on the author or authors.

Four papers will be selected, taking into account geographical, linguistic and programme diversity. Presentations may not exceed 15 minutes in length when read aloud.

The proposals will be reviewed by a committee made up of members of the Reading and Libraries for Children's and Young Adult sections. Successful proposals will be identified by 31 January 2006.

Full papers will be due by 15 April 2006 to allow time for review of papers and preparation of translations; papers should be no longer than 20 pages in one of IFLA's languages.

Please send the proposal to:
Gwynneth Evans
E-mail: gwynnethevans@sympatico.ca

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