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

"Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"

10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada

Arabic translation  Spanish translation 

Call for Papers

Reading Section
in co-operation with the Public Libraries and Multicultural Sections

Theme: The Global Literacy and Reading Fair: sharing good library practices in support of the United Nations Literacy Decade 2003-2012

HALF-DAY SESSION by the Reading Section in co-operation with the Public Libraries and Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section in Québec, Canada at the 74th World Library and Information Congress under the theme "Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding" 10-14 August 2008

In order to optimize global sharing and learning at the 2008 IFLA Conference, the Reading Section is proposing to capture and showcase the innovation demonstrated globally by libraries in the field of literacy and reading promotion, by holding a Global Literacy and Reading Fair.

The session will be organised as an open, interactive, and participatory space, as the world in miniature that reflects innovation to face a global challenges in reading and literacy issues. The intention is to provide an open space for participants and enable them to display their materials (books, reports, posters etc), to present audio-visuals (video, DVD), and to demonstrate their experiences and products. Presenters are asked to present visually enticing materials to engage IFLA delegates and show best practices. Participants' contributions could include demonstrations of reading activities, story telling, the provision and use of local language materials, training techniques, reading promotion, theatre etc that take place as part of a library or community programme in different parts of the world.

The session will be more interactive than the traditional lecture style to create a more dynamic and more participative learning environment. All participants will be expected to actively take part.

You are invited to submit proposal for this session.

The following should be provided:
  • name and institution of presenter(s)
  • description of programme/project/research/campaign/storytelling session etc. (1 page, up to 350 words)
  • relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s)
  • kinds of materials to be presented
  • equipment needed (table, board) - organisers will not be able to supply computers or electronic equipment
Send your proposals by December 20, 2007 via e-mail to: Robert Sarjant
E-mail: robert.sarjant@bookaid.org

The abstracts will be reviewed by the Review Committee and 10 proposals will be selected. The RC will make every effort to have representation from all continents. Diversity of language will be accepted but a simple hand-out in one of the IFLA languages will be encouraged. Successful proposals will be identified and announced by January 31, 2008.

All presenters will be listed in the final IFLA Programme. Therefore they will be invited to prepare a full text of presentation of their programme, by April 15, 2008 to allow time for the review of papers and preparation of translations; papers should be no longer than 20 pages.


It is the presenters' responsibility to find funding for their participation (registration fee, travel, accommodation and associated costs). IFLA, the Reading Section and partner sections are not in a position to fund the attendance at the Conference.