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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

Africa Open Session

Theme: Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for African Libraries

The IFLA Africa Section invites practitioners and academics to submit abstracts for papers to be presented at the Africa Open Session of the World Library and Information Congress to be held in Quebec City 10-14 August 2008. The Africa Section Open Forum will focus on the effect of globalisation of libraries in Africa. Globalisation is seen as providing both an opportunity and a threat to Africa Libraries. In what ways can libraries leverage on globalisation t enhance librarianship in Africa? In what ways is globalisation a challenge to African libraries? Papers that examine practical applications and original research on the subject are welcome.


The deadline for submission of a detailed, one-page abstract (in English or French) and full author details is 31 January 2008. Selection of papers will be based on the abstract.

Other requirements are as follows:

  1. Paper must be original and never been published before.
  2. Paper should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced typing.
  3. Paper should be written in English or French with an abstract of one page in the same language.
  4. 20 minutes will be allowed for the delivery of the paper by Power point.
  5. Paper may be submitted by e-mail, fax or post.The author should indicate his/her personal full contact address and a summary of his/her curriculum vitae.
  6. The author should indicate his/her personal full contact address and a summary of his/her curriculum vitae.

Successful presenters will be notified by 1 March 2008 at the latest.

Please send your abstracts or papers latest by 31 January 2008 to:

Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata
Chair, IFLA Africa Section

Dr James Daniel
Secretary, IFLA Africa Section

Ms Lindy Nhlapho
IFLA Regional Office in Africa

Please note that all expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors of the accepted papers.