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World Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships"

19-23 August 2007, Durban, South Africa

Spanish translation  

General Guidelines for Papers

Professional units of IFLA are calling for papers for the IFLA General Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa,19-23 August 2007.

We have prepared these notes to help those intending to present a paper.

If you wish to present a paper, please remember these requirements:

Papers should reflect the conference theme: "Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships".
The library and information sector needs to ensure that its service delivery is relevant to the real information needs of its clients.

There are different "worlds" that we service: e.g. educational (teaching & learning: primary, secondary and tertiary), research; business and economic intelligence; adult education and leisure; children; entertainment; creativity; political and development agendas; etc.

What difference does the LIS sector really make to these different worlds? Are the services to these different worlds watertight and isolated from one another or should there be more creative cross-fertilization of service delivery to the different worlds? What relationship should there be between these different worlds? What creative and leadership role can IFLA play within the world community and what impact should the LIS sector play in this regard?

Exploring progress and new development models for libraries in developing countries in particular. Forming and building partnerships to aid development; increase standing of the profession; elicit funding; with each other and users/patrons.

Proposals for papers need to be submitted for approval to the IFLA Section or other professional unit by the date announced by them.
  • Speakers of approved papers are required to send the full text of their papers, including an abstract, to the officers of the Section sponsoring their session, by the date announced by the Section.
  • Officers should forward the approved original papers to Sophie Felföldi at sophie.felfoldi@ifla.org in electronic form. They should be single-spaced, A4 page size, 12 point font size, in Word or RTF format.
  • A conference paper consists of:
    • Title of the paper
    • Name(s) of speaker(s), their Institution, city and country
    • Abstract of approximately 100 words, summarizing the presentation
    • Full text
  • The minimum length is 3 pages and the maximum length of papers is 21 pages (single-spaced A4).
  • The layout of the "title page" will be created by IFLA HQ, according to the data delivered and PDF files will be created to be used for IFLANET and the production of the CD-Rom.
  • POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS, without accompanying speaking texts, will be not accepted as papers. Please note that the interpreters can interpret only the texts of papers. They cannot reproduce charts, graphics or power point presentation parts of papers.
  • Papers may be written and presented in any of the IFLA working languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish).
  • Translations should be provided into the other languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish) whenever possible. Not all sessions have interpretation, so written translations (with abstracts) are very important for many conference participants.
  • Please avoid using unexplained acronyms, sets of initials, jargon and phrases which an international audience may not understand.
  • The full text of the paper with abstract must be submitted to Sophie Felföldi, IFLA Web Manager at sophie.felfoldi@ifla.org no later than 15th June 2007. It will then appear on IFLANET and included on the conference CD-ROM. Earlier submission would be appreciated.
  • Papers submitted after this date will not be posted on IFLANET until after the conference. They will not be included in the CD-ROM. Conference participants will therefore not be able to print them out at the conference. Speakers are therefore urged to comply with this deadline.
  • It is a long-established policy of IFLA that speakers are responsible for all the expenses involved in attending the conference. However, limited funds may be available to cover the day registration fees (but not other expenses) of speakers from other disciplines who would not normally attend an IFLA conference. Please contact Sjoerd Koopman sjoerd.koopman@ifla.org or Josche Ouwerkerk josche.ouwerkerk@ifla.org for details before you confirm an "outside" speaker.
  • IFLA has first publication rights to papers presented at the conference.

The quality of our conference as a whole vitally depends on the relevance and interest of the papers, together with the standard of presentation. Evaluations suggest that they are improving year by year. Please help us make the conference the best yet!