Wednesday, January 02, 2013

CFP: IFLA 2013 Library Buildings and Equipment Section (Making ends meet: high quality design on a low budget)

CFP: IFLA 2013 Library Buildings and Equipment Section (Making ends meet: high quality design on a low budget)

Date: 15-16 August 2013

Important dates

February 22nd, 2013: Submission of abstracts and proposals deadline
March 8th, 2013: Notification of acceptance
April 25th, 2013: Deadline for authors to submit papers
April 30th, 2013: Dissemination of final program
July 30, 2013: Deadline for authors to submit slides
August 15-16, 2013: Satellite Conference



Li Ka Shing University Library, Singapore Management University
Administration Building, Level 6, Function Room
81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065

Main Theme

Making ends meet: high quality design on a low budget

Since 2008, the world's economy has seen dramatic changes that have rippled throughout the library world. While the demand for library services has increased, the money available to build, refurbish and operate them has decreased. However, while the number of people physically going to a public library has increased over the past 5 years, the number of public libraries reporting flat or decreased operating budgets increased dramatically. Many countries report a decrease in funding of libraries. On the other hand, public and student demand for study and collaborative work space, the changing nature of the content delivery and the increased need for access to computer technologies world-wide for educational and social reasons is creating an increasing need for more library space that is smart, flexible and economical to build and operate. Libraries are central to our knowledge economy. Without them, many communities would have no access to technology, study space or tutorial and literacy training.

Library Buildings and Equipment Section is looking for papers that highlight the ways public and academic communities in different regions and countries of the world are able to continue to provide high quality library space that is affordable in these difficult economic circumstances. Papers are welcome that present the way new models of design, adaptive reuse and technology are being employed to provide new and innovative architectural solutions that maintain the library as an important element in our society while addressing the challenges of decreased capital and operational funding. Presenters can include public and academic library examples. The theme of WLIC 2013, "Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities" should provide the context of the presentation.

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