Call for Papers — Open Sessions
Library Buildings and Equipment joint with Environment, Sustainability and Libraries
- 22 January 2020, 14:16
Theme: "Something old – something new. Transforming an existing building into a new library"
IFLA’s Library Buildings and Equipment Section (LBES) and the Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) invite you to submit a proposal for its Open Session at the 86th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 in Dublin, Ireland, 15-21 August.
Many new libraries are being built to serve the growing needs of users. A new library, however does not necessarily mean that it must be a new building. This programme will focus on libraries created from existing building and on requirements and opportunities for revitalization of an old, derelict or abandoned building into a new library. We are looking for experiences with the transformation of a building with a different purpose into a library. The Programme will focus on the challenges and opportunities of this kind of transformation and the compromises which must be made for these transformations. The re-use of a building can also be an opportunity for sustainability. We are looking for best practice examples and lessons learned from all types of libraries in historic urban environment or in rural areas. Sustainability and the libraries impact on the environment is a key focus.
The LBES and ENSULIB are looking for proposals that are inspiring, thoughtful and high-quality. Specifically, we are looking to build on the goals of the 2020 conference: Inspire, Engage, Enable and Connect by:
- Inspire: Get inspired by a heritage building or a building in a historic environment
- Engage the community to preserve, value and reinvent public spaces and buildings for libraries
- Enable: Best practices how to enable a transformation of an existing building into a library
- Enable: Building sustainable libraries through repurposing buildings and services
- Connect an existing building with the requirements of the library users of today and tomorrow
The session format will include a keynote. We are looking for proposals for panel discussions, Lightning talks (20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each for a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds) and traditional 15-minute presentations are sought. Because of the nature of the topic visual imagery is an important part of the presentations and must be of high enough resolution to be projected clearly on a large screen.
21 February 2020: Proposal abstracts must be submitted
9 March 2020: Selected presenters will be notified by:
31 May 2020: Authors to submit Authors’ Permission Form
1 June 2020: Written papers due
7 August 2020: Presentation slides due
Proposals must be in English and include the following information:
- Title of proposed presentation
- Style of presentation (Panel, Lightning Talk or 15-minute presentation)
- Abstract of the proposed paper (no more than 300 words)
- Language of presentation
- Name(s) of presenters and positions and or titles
- Employer or affiliated institution
- Contact information including email address and telephone number
- Short biographical statement of no more than 100 words
- Note a willingness to comply with IFLA’s Authors’ Permission
Proposal abstracts must be submitted via email to:
Papers must be written of one on IFLA’s seven official languages and be no longer than 4,000 words.
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.