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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  

Call for Papers

Asia & Oceania Section

Session Theme: Information Providers Coping with Disaster in Asia-Oceania

From war in Iraq to typhoons in the Philippines, with tsunamis, floods, infestations of various kinds and many manmade disasters in between - it can be said that the Asia-Oceania region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world. But at the same time it is an area rich in research on disaster prevention in the information sector and on coping with disasters once they have struck.

Therefore, the Asia-Oceania Section wishes to highlight work in this region on disaster management and disaster prevention with an Open Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress to be held in Durban, South Africa, 19-23 August 2007. Dedicated to the theme, "Information Providers Coping with Disaster in Asia-Oceania".

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Preserving libraries and other information providers in times of war
  • Coping when disasters strike - floods, tsunamis, etc
  • 'Best practice' case studies of rebuilding libraries
  • Disaster management plans
  • Impact of disasters on staff
  • Staff training in disaster preparedness


1. The deadline for submitting a detailed, abstract (500 words) and full author details is 15 December 2006 . Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by mid-February 2007 at the latest whether they have been successful

2. The full paper is due on 1 May 2007 and must be an original submission not published elsewhere

3. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail; fax or post should be used only as a last resort

4. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced

5. Papers should be in English with an abstract, and the presenter must be fluent in language

6. 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference

7. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include summary curriculum vitae with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.

Full abstracts (500 words) should be prepared following the template provided below. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania. Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.

Purpose of this paper

What are the reason(s) for writing the paper (or the aims of the research)?


How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the study. What is the approach to the topic, and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper?


What was found in the course of the work? This will refer to analysis, discussion, or results.

Research limitations/implications (if applicable)

If research is reported on in the paper, this section must be completed and should include suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process.

Practical implications

(if applicable)

What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? All papers should have practical applications. What changes to practice might be made as a result of this research/paper?

What is original/value of paper

What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to whom.

Please send your abstract by 15 December 2006 to:

Professor Gary Gorman, RSCAO Chair
E-mail: gary.gorman@vuw.ac.nz

Ms Premila Gamage, RSCAO Secretary
E-mail: premilagamage@gmail.com