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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

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Call for Papers

Library Theory & Research Section

Theme: LIS research and publishing: the African LIS researcher's story

The IFLA Library Theory & Research (LTR) Section invites African LIS researcher colleagues to submit an abstract for consideration for the LTR Open session program at the IFLA Durban Conference.

Papers should particularly focus on the effects of social, cultural and historical conditions in Africa on LIS research; or compare African LIS research with LIS research in other parts of the world. All papers should include a description of the theoretical and methodological approaches. They should also outline the publishing mechanisms proposed or used to publicise the research and why the particular publishing path has been chosen.

Please email your detailed abstract (1 page or at least 300 words) of the proposed paper (must not have been published elsewhere) and relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s) by 15 December 2006 to:

Dr Kerry Smith
Convenor, IFLA LTR Durban Open session
E-mail: K.Smith@curtin.edu.au

The abstracts will be reviewed by members of the LTR Section's Standing Committee. Successful proposals will be identified by mid January 2007.

Full papers will be due by 15 April 2007 to allow time for the review of papers and preparation of translations; papers should be no longer than 20 pages. Depending on the final allotted time for our session, we expect that we can allow 20-25 minutes for a summary delivery of the paper during the LTR open session programme.

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