Call for Papers – IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults

Session in the 79th Annual IFLA conference in Singapore, 17-23 August 2013

Future Libraries – Future Librarians – Future Skills :

Directions for the education and training of children and youth librarians – the challenge of identifying competences and encouraging professional development in the digital age.

Library services for children and young people are at their most effective and inspiring with enthusiastic, highly skilled staff. The range of skills required to be effective in the role can be overwhelming, and the target user group is incredibly diverse, as young people move through many developmental stages from 0 to 18 years, with huge diversity in their changing interests and needs. It is a dynamic and innovative area of the profession and this presents challenges for professional education, training and development. What competences are needed today? How are education and training helping librarians to acquire them?

The expected audience:

Children’s and young adults’ librarians, teacher librarians, librarians working in the fields of Education and Training, Literacy and reading, Public Libraries, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning, Library Services to Multicultural Populations, School libraries and resource centers; librarians working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Call for presentations on the following key themes:

The competences that are needed today: what are the roles that children and youth librarians need to be able to play as part of their jobs, what kind of work does that include?

National policies for public and children’s libraries: how they link to library education and training

The role of the professional educators – how are the professional educators ensuring their skills and knowledge are keeping up to date with the current landscape of work in libraries, how are the ‘library schools’ redesigning the curriculum to respond to the needs of the digital natives? Are students being sufficiently equipped and prepared for the world of work? Can education and training help to ‘future proof’ the profession?

Training on the following aspects (not excluding others) : work with every age group as well as with parents and carers, knowledge of material for young people, work for information literacy, work as agents for development, production of content, work with different partners, fund raising, build and give access to digital collections, program managing, preservation of young people’s culture

Successful training schemes – examples of innovative practice including continuing professional development and workplace learning.

Workplace learning through international work and through IT (Sister Libraries and other twinning, digital resources, social networking…)

• Proposals must be sent before February 4th 2013 via email to : Kirsten Boelt, Email They must include (in English, French or Spanish) :

– Title of paper

– Abstract of paper (up to 500 words- ½ page)

– The speaker’s name, address, telephone and fax numbers, professional affiliation, email address and biographical note (40 words) They will be reviewed by the Review Committee. Successful proposals will be identified and announced by February 18th 2013.

• Full text papers (5-20 pages) must be provided by 15 April, 2013 (Word format; preceded by an abstract ; images may be included).

They can be written in any of IFLA languages. If the chosen language is not English, an English version or summary must be added.

• Oral presentations

Presenters can talk in any of seven IFLA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish). There will be simultaneous interpretation.

Authors of successful proposals will be advised of the length of time available for their oral presentation.

• Publication

Selected papers may form part of an edited IFLA publication

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions February 4th 2013

Notification of acceptance/rejection February 18th 2013

Deadline for submission of final papers’ texts April 19th 2013

IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults

Chair: Viviana Quiñones,

Secretary: Kirsten Boelt,

Next Library 2013

International Library Conference in Aarhus, Denmark

16 – 19 June 2013


Meet, share, learn and co-create – an international event for open-minded library innovators and decision makers.

The overall purpose for Next Library 2013 is to inspire public libraries to re-imagination, civic engagement and collaborative innovation with the perspective of supporting equal access to technology, learning and active citizenship for all.

The program is in progress and will be a mix of structured programme with a few excellent keynote speakers and at least 15 interactive parallel sessions, poster presentations, energizers, surprises and social events.

Including of course an engaging Get2Gether and the fabulous Networking Dinner Party at Varna Mansion, which often tends to turn into a garden party.

Optional events: Site visits to libraries and cultural institutions in Denmark and Aarhus and a post-un-conference day.

You are all invited to join and participate in shaping the programme!

Submit your suggestions on


2 Calls are published on the website:

Call for ideas for interactive Sessions and Call for scholarship applications

Call for Papers til 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section & Core Activity on Preservation and Conservation (PAC)


Creating the future: preserving, digitizing and accessing all forms of children’s and young adults’ cultural heritage

Children’s and young adults’ culture exists in multiple forms and media, from nursery rhymes and oral storytelling to videogames, from printed books to eBooks… Libraries play a key role in preserving this cultural heritage and in giving access to it. How are they doing this? What must they do now so that this heritage is not lost and cultural diversity is preserved? How are they giving young people access to their cultural heritage?

IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults, IFLA Core Activity on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) in collaboration with Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park), the Thai Section of IBBY (ThaiBBY) and the Thai Library Association invite you to submit a proposal for a presentation on the theme “Creating the future: preserving and digitizing all forms of children’s and young people’s cultural heritage”, the IFLA Pre-Conference to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 14-15 August 2013.

The Pre-conference Venue: Asia Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

The expected audience is likely to include children and young adults’ librarians, National Libraries, libraries serving indigenous people, librarians working in audiovisual and multimedia, storytellers and other performers for children, other professionals working on children’s and young adult’s reading, students and university professors and partners of libraries in joint reading promotion programmes.


We are particularly interested in presentations on the following topics:

•Preserving and/or digitizing books, journals and original artwork for children and young adults

•Preserving and/or digitizing immaterial children’s and young adults’ culture: storytelling, puppets, theatre, rhymes and songs…

•Preserving and/or digitizing web pages, video games, TV programmes, audio cassettes

•Preserving and digitizing local content and indigenous knowledge, for inclusion of all citizens at the library

•Working with children on cultural heritage, in public and school libraries

•Giving access to digitized collections for children and young adults

•Libraries and their partners for conservation and/or digitation: museums, ONGs, corporations…

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be sent before January 31st 2013 via email to:

Kirsten Boelt


They must include (in English):

•Title of paper

•Summary of paper (up to 500 words- ½ page)

•The speaker’s name, address, telephone and fax numbers, professional affiliation, email address and biographical note (40 words)

The official language of the meeting is English. No Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided.

The abstracts will be reviewed by the Review Committee. Successful proposals will be identified and announced by February 22, 2013.

Full text papers should be provided by 15 April, 2012; papers should be 3-20 pages long. They must be written in English, include an abstract and be in a Word file.

Oral presentations of papers will be of 20 minutes. Presentations must be in English.

More information

See the Conference website for additional details at:

Important Dates

January 31st 2013: Deadline for submissions February 15 2013: Notification of acceptance/rejection March 10 2013: Final program and full registration information April 15 2013: Deadline for submission of final papers’ texts