IFLA Government Information and Official Publications Section

Call for Papers – IFLA Government Information and Official Publications Section (GIOPS)
The Government Information and Official Publications Section invites submissions for its programme for the 74th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 10-14 August 2008 to be held in Qu้bec, Canada ( http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla74/index.htm). In keeping with the IFLA conference theme, "Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding", the GIOPS sub-theme is "Globalization of government information: creating digital archives for increased access".
Government, non-governmental and intergovernmental knowledge resources play an important role in our global society. Increasingly these resources are either born digital or are being digitized for enhanced access by people everywhere. Governments at many levels, institutions, non-governmental and international organizations, and individuals are collaborating locally, nationally, regionally and internationally to make these resources available digitally and to ensure that they are properly preserved and archived for sustained use by future generations.

Submissions are invited which discuss collaborative digitization projects that make available historical or current official and/or government resources. Topics covered might include the project’s development, content and content management, use of and adherence to digitization standards and benefits to a globalizing world. Submissions of a more theoretical approach will also be considered.

Four papers will be selected for presentation. Proposals for papers must be submitted by 15 January 2008 to Alice Ramohlola ( Alice.Ramohlola@wits.ac.za) with copies to Irja Peltonen (Irja.Peltonen@vm.fi), Jackie Druery, (drueryj@queensu.ca) and Marcy Allen, (mallen@psu.edu). The proposal should include a title, 200-400 word abstract and relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s). Successful proposals will be identified by 15 February 2008 and presenters notified. The full paper is due by 15 April 2008. Please note that all fees, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc. are the responsibility of the author(s) of accepted papers. For additional information, please contact any of the above.

Jackie Druery
Head, Learning & Research Services
Joseph S. Stauffer Library
Queen's University
Kingston, ON
K7L 5C4
(613) 533-3309

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