Sunday, September 10, 2006

World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) call for papers - Best practice in library services for print disabled children

World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) call for papers - Best practice in library services for print disabled children

The 73rd IFLA Annual Conference and Council will be held August 19-23 2007 in Durban, South Africa. An abstract of a proposed paper is required by 31 October 2006. Subject: Best practice in library services for print disabled children.

See also:
Libraries for the Blind Section:

IFLA 2007 Conference Page:

IFLA's Libraries for the Blind and Libraries for Children and Young Adults Sections invite you to submit a short proposal for a presentation on this theme for their joint programme at WLIC 2007. In the two hour programme, IFLA aims to have four or five presentations covering policy and best practice for curriculum and leisure services to children ranging in age from babies to young adults.

The audience is likely to include librarians from children's libraries, school libraries, public libraries, and specialist libraries for print disabled children.

IFLA is particularly interested in presentations on the following topics although other topics will also be considered:

-Tactile books as an aid to literacy for babies and toddlers
-Inclusive library activities, e.g. story telling
-Accessible online services for learning
-Demonstrations of innovative products and services

IFLA hopes to have an equal mix of presentations from Africa and from other parts of the world. The delivery of each presentation should last 20-25 minutes although the written version of the presentation may be longer (at least 3 single spaced pages to 20 pages maximum). Full papers will be due by 15 April 2007 to allow time for review of papers and preparation of translations. Presentations, as well as papers, may be delivered in any official IFLA language.

Please send an abstract of your proposed paper (maximum 400 words), full contact details and a short CV to Helen Brazier, Secretary, IFLA Libraries for the Blind Section at by 31 October 2006. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the review panel by January 2007.

Regrettably IFLA's Sections do not have funds available to pay for speakers' expenses, although there may be limited funding available through other IFLA channels, especially for people from developing countries.

In conjunction with this programme, IFLA wishes to encourage proposals on the same theme for the conference poster sessions.