Call for Papers — Open Sessions
- 7 January 2020, 11:16
Theme: "Rethinking the concepts of art libraries, in view of changing cultural heritage paradigms: collection building, facilitating access, reaching new audiences"
The IFLA Art Libraries Section invites proposals for papers to be presented at its open session during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland.
Today art libraries are facing the challenge and opportunity of dealing with collections that are culturally and materially diverse, in an environment where social and political change is also shaping how they are used. How do art libraries apply or adapt their traditional practices to meet these challenges? Are their traditional modes of collecting, cataloguing and giving access to resources fit for this purpose? How can cultural heritage institutions such as museums, archives and libraries fight against inherited obstacles and build a new partnership? How can they connect new audiences with their rich, but sometimes little-known, collections? Will the evolution of technologies and standards really help us to adapt, or do we have to go further and rethink together the whole mission of preserving and transmitting cultural heritage for the future?
Through this two-hours open session taking place during the IFLA world conference in Dublin, presenters will discuss and challenge these questions, crucial in a context of cultural, political and economic globalization.
Papers may include but are not limited to the following topics and questions:
- Collecting art policy through an historical point of view?
- Cataloguing and indexing new and/or multicultural items?
- Providing access to non-occidental collections?
- Examples of art libraries fighting against biased ways of exclusion?
- How to integrate new forms of contemporary collections?
- New approaches and tools to help the art collections to connect and become more inclusive
- Examples of public successful partnership in the GLAM field?
- The economic obstacles in cultural heritage digitization …
Any professional issue about these topics may be discussed, included more “theoretical” approaches, beyond mere real examples.
Language of the session
The language of the session is English. However, presenters may also give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages. Simultaneous translation has been requested, but is not guaranteed; therefore, presenters are encouraged to provide the presentation slides in English to facilitate the understanding of ideas presented.
1 March 2020: Deadline for submitting a detailed abstract and full author information.
March 2020: The committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts against criteria which include: innovative content, topical relevance, clarity of exposition, originality, and overall quality.
31 March 2020: Presenters will be notified whether their proposals are accepted by
1 June 2020: Full texts of papers and brief biographical statements of the presenter(s) are due. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail.
Proposals must be submitted by email and must contain:
- Email subject line “IFLA Dublin Paper Proposal”
- Title of proposed presentation
- Presenter(s) name, position and affiliation, email address, and biographical note (150 words maximum)
- An indication of the sub-theme the abstract addresses
- An abstract in English (500 words)
- Language of the paper
- Language of the presentation
Please submit your proposal no later than 1rst March 2020 to:
Chair of the IFLA Art Libraries Section
Isabel Ayres Maringelli
Secretary of the IFLA Art Libraries Section
Papers should not be more than 4,000 words.
Papers must be original submissions not presented or published elsewhere – (IFLA rule).
The length of the presentations should be approximately 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions/discussion.
At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Dublin. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
The paper must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2020 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.
All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
Congress Participation Grants
List of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & Awards webpage.