As of 22 April 2009 this website is 'frozen' in time — see the current IFLA websites

This old website and all of its content will stay on as archive – http://archive.ifla.org

IFLANET home - International Federation of Library Associations and InstitutionsActivities and ServicesSearchContacts

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

Call for Papers for Satellite meeting

Innovative multicultural library services for all, with special reference to literacy, learning and linguistic diversity

Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, in cooperation with the Reading Section and the Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section presents an international conference in Pretoria,
South Africa
from 15 -17 August 2007

The organizing committee invites librarians, professionals involved in literacy, learning, linguistics and reading, archives and museum workers, publishers and booksellers, community workers and anyone interested in multicultural issues to submit proposals on any of the following topics:
  • Innovative services to multicultural populations
  • Service delivery in a multicultural environment
  • Knowledge development for community transformation
  • Intergenerational services; examples of success programmes
  • Literacy; what it means in your community
  • Reading: innovative programmes for target groups
  • Storytelling
  • Oral traditions and their impact on library services
  • Driving forces for literacy and learning
  • Life long learning opportunities: new strategies, new services, new media
  • Libraries promoting adult education and learning
  • Media and literature reflecting everyday life
  • The impact of linguistic diversity on library services
  • Fostering linguistic diversity
  • Collecting and preservation of materials in local languages
  • Publishing, disseminating and promoting materials in local languages
Each presentation should be approximately 20 minutes duration, with an additional time for discussion.

Proposals should include the following information: Title of Paper
Name of Presenter/s
Contact Information (mailing address, fax, e-mail)
Abstract (1 page or at least 300 words)
Brief statement of experience and expertise related to the themes of this conference programme (maximum 150 words each)

All abstracts must be in English.

At least one of the paper's authors must undertake to present the paper during the conference.

Proposals or questions regarding proposals may be submitted by air mail, fax, or e-mail, to:
Dr Adriaan Swanepoel
Library and Information Services (Pretoria campus)
Tshwane University of Technology
Private Bag X680
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
E-mail: swanepoelaj@tut.ac.za
Tel. +(27) 12 3825480
Fax +(27) 12 3825485

The Section's Programme Committee will review proposals. Criteria will include originality, timeliness, relevance to an international IFLA audience, and relevance to the conference theme (see page 1).

Authors whose proposals are accepted will be provided with details of the requirements.


6 March 2007: Deadline for submission of proposals.
15 April 2007: Notification of acceptance of proposals.
1 Jul 2007: Submission of full papers.

PLEASE NOTE that the expenses of attending the conference (including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.