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IFLA Conference

World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"

10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada

Spanish translation 

Call for Papers

Asia & Oceania Open Session

Theme: From me, to you, to us: how libraries in the Asia and Oceania region contribute to global understanding

The Asia-Oceania region extends across five sub-regions: West Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Oceania . The region is home to many different ethnic groups and cultures, whose forms and collections of knowledge are unique in their richness and diversity. The theme of this session focuses on how libraries contribute to global understanding by helping local communities share their knowledge and cultures. The theme also encompasses how libraries help people in their local communities obtain access to, and understand the knowledge and cultures of other communities.

Dedicated to the theme, From me, to you, to us: how libraries in the Asia and Oceania region contribute to global understanding, this session therefore aims to highlight the work of libraries in the Asia-Oceania region that contributes to global understanding through the sharing of local knowledge and culture. Suggested topics for this session include, but are not limited to:

  • Preserving and providing access to the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples;
  • Digitizing resources that show the history and/or development of a community or culture;
  • Sharing knowledge of a culture within a local community for example, between elderly people and children;
  • Reducing the digital divide by providing the local community with access to resources from other cultures;
  • Developing and/or sharing expertise in libraries that contributes to global understanding.


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed, abstract (500 words) and full author details is 15 December 2007 . Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by mid-February 2008 at the latest whether they have been successful
  2. The full paper is due on 1 May 2008 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 English
  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 a summary curriculum vitae with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.

Selection: 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 2007 to:

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


M. Al Mamun, RSCAO Secretary
E-mail: almamun@icddrb.org