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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

Newspapers Section

African Newspapers: Access and Technology

IFLA's Newspaper Section invites you to submit a short proposal for a presentation on this theme for its programme at The Congress 2007. In the two hour programme, we aim to have four or five presentations covering this subject.

The audience is likely to include librarians from who have responsibility for newspaper libraries, in the national and public library domain, and archives which include newspapers.

We are particularly interested in presentations on the following topics although other topics will also be considered

  • how technology is currently affecting the circulation of printed newspapers
  • developments in technology in the coming years leading to increased access to news
  • increased access to runs of older African newspapers via digitalisation

We hope to have a mix of presentations from Africa. The delivery of each presentation should last 5-10 minutes, as it is intended that each speaker will be a Panel Member for the discussion which will invite active audience participation. The written version of the presentation may be longer (at least 3 single spaced pages to 20 pages maximum), and these will be published on IFLANET. Full papers will be due by 15 April 2007 to allow time for review of papers. Presentations, as well as papers, will be delivered in English as a first preference.

Please send an abstract of your proposed paper (maximum 400 words), full contact details and a short CV to: Ed King, Secretary
IFLA Newspapers Section
E-mail: ed.king@bl.uk
by 31 October 2006. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the review panel by January 2007.

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.

Ed King
IFLA Newspapers Section
Tel: +44 7412 7362