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IFLA Conference

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

Libraries for the Blind and Libraries for Children and Young Adults Sections

Best practice in library services for print disabled children

IFLA's Libraries for the Blind and Libraries for Children and Young Adults Sections invite you to submit a short proposal for a presentation on this theme for their joint programme at the Congress 2007. In the two hour programme, we aim to have four or five presentations covering policy and best practice for curriculum and leisure services to children ranging in age from babies to young adults.

The audience is likely to include librarians from children's libraries, school libraries, public libraries, and specialist libraries for print disabled children.

We are particularly interested in presentations on the following topics although other topics will also be considered
  • Tactile books as an aid to literacy for babies and toddlers
  • Inclusive library activities, e.g. story telling
  • Accessible online services for learning
  • Demonstrations of innovative products and services

We hope to have an equal mix of presentations from Africa and from other parts of the world. The delivery of each presentation should last 20-25 minutes although the written version of the presentation may be longer (at least 3 single spaced pages to 20 pages maximum).

Please send an abstract of your proposed paper (maximum 400 words), full contact details and a short CV to Helen Brazier, Secretary, IFLA Libraries for the Blind Section at helen.brazier@nlbuk.org by 31 October 2006. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the review panel by January 2007.

Full papers will be due by 15 April 2007 to allow time for review of papers and preparation of translations. Presentations, as well as papers, may be delivered in any official IFLA language.

Regrettably IFLA's Sections do not have funds available to pay for speakers' expenses, although there may be limited funding available through other IFLA channels, especially for people from developing countries.

In conjunction with this programme, we wish to encourage proposals on the same theme for the conference poster sessions.

Helen Brazier
Chief Executive
National Library for the Blind
Tel.: +44 161 355 2004