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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

Division of Regional Activities

Indigenous Knowledge: language, culture and information technology

The Division of Regional Activities (Division VIII) of IFLA is comprised of Regional Sections covering developing countries in three major regions of the world, the African continent, Asia and Oceania, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Division VIII is organising an open session at IFLA Conference in Québec, Canada and issues this call for papers on the topic, "Indigenous Knowledge: language, culture and information technology".

Papers may focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Best practices on indigenous knowledge
  • Programmes in indigenous languages
  • Case studies


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed, abstract (500 words) and full author details is 10 February 2008. 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. All the abstracts must be in English. Papers can be presented during the Conference in any IFLA working language (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish)
  6. 25 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.


  • Full abstracts (500 words) should be prepared following the template provided below. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Division VIII Coordinating Board.
  • 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)?
  • Design/methodology/approach
    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?
  • Findings
    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 10 February 2008 to:
Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata
Div VIII Secretary

Please note that the expenses of attending the Québec conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.