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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

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Call for Papers

Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section

Theme: Library Services without Cultural Borders: Navigating through Demographic Realities and Best Practices in Multicultural Library Services

The IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section invites librarians and other interested parties working in the fields of multiculturalism, demographics/human geography and library services to diverse cultural communities to submit proposals for papers for its open session in Quebec City.

The two-hour session entitled: "Library Services without Cultural Borders: Navigating through Demographic Realities and Best Practices in Multicultural Library Services", invites papers that explore:

  • The subject of changing demographics and overcoming cultural borders in cities, countries and globally.
  • How current demographic realities influence library services.
  • Best practices in multicultural library services, especially in regions such as the Americas with long and rich histories of immigration and diversity. All types of libraries are encouraged to highlight their programs and services.


  • Please send an abstract of approximately 500 words, in English, French or Spanish, no later than January 31, 2008 to:
    Susana Alegre Landáburu
    E-mail: susana.alegre@mcu.es
  • Please attach a summary curriculum vitae of the author/s including their name(s), contact details, professional affiliation(s) and a brief statement on their career(s).
  • Successful applicants will be notified by mid-March, 2008.
  • Papers accepted will be due no later than May 1st 2008.
  • Papers should be submitted in English.
  • Papers should not be longer than 20 pages.
  • A maximum of 20 minutes will be allowed for the presentation of each paper during the Section's session in Québec City. Please note, although every effort will be made to provide simultaneous interpretation into other IFLA languages, its availability may not be possible. Therefore, the presentations must be made in English. An author who feels uncomfortable presenting in English could ask a colleague to do so on their behalf.
  • At least one of the authors of the paper must present the paper.

Please note that the Programme Committee has no funds to assist prospective authors: abstracts should only be submitted on the understanding that the expenses of attending the Quebec City conference (including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers. Some national professional associations may be able to help fund certain expenses, and a small number of grants for conference attendance may be available at: www.ifla.org/III/members/grants.htm.