Call for Papers

75th IFLA General Conference and Council

World Library and Information Congress

Milan, Italy, 23-27 August 2009
Asia & Oceania Open Session

Call for Papers

Session Theme: Preserving the past - creating the future

The five sub-regions of IFLA's Asia-Oceania Section encompass ethnic groups
and cultures whose rich histories are embodied within written, pictorial and
oral traditions that date back to the beginnings of human civilisation. The
Asia-Oceania Open Session at Milan focuses on the critical role being played
by libraries and other information organisations in Asia-Oceania in
preserving the richness of the past so that their peoples can create a
future that is linked to the past. The theme encompasses both the
practicalities of cultural heritage preservation work to ensure the survival
of the past and the efforts involved in services that focus on helping
individuals and groups make use of those cultural heritage resources to
understand the past to create a better future.

Dedicated to the theme, 'Preserving the past - creating the future', this
session therefore aims to highlight the work of libraries and other
information organisations in Asia-Oceania that contributes to the creation
of better futures by preserving the past. In keeping with the conference's
overall theme, 'Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage',
the suggested topics for this Session include, but are not limited to, the
. Utilising the preservation of materials to develop future-oriented,
contextually-based information services in memory institutions

. Understanding how heritage awareness through preserved artefacts
can lead to better understanding of possible future developments in
proactive memory institution services

. Preserving or providing access to images or oral histories that
capture the memories of the participants in unique events of a community's
past and cultural heritage

. Preserving significant cultural heritage resources and providing
unified approaches to making them accessible through the collaborative
efforts of libraries, archives and museums

. Promoting the use of or creation of resources that document the
contributions of minority groups to the development of a community's social,
political, cultural or economic life.


1. The deadline for submitting a detailed, abstract (500 words) and
full author details is 15 December 2008. Selection of papers is based on the
abstract, and presenters will be notified by mid-February 2009 at the latest
whether they have been successful
2. The full paper is due on 1 May 2009 and must be an original
submission not published elsewhere
3. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file
by e-mail; fax or post should be used only as a last resort
4. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced
5. Papers should be in English with an abstract, and the presenter must
be fluent in English
6. 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in
the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read
7. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details
and include a brief biographical note with the paper. Also, a digital
photograph would be useful.


Full abstracts (500 words) should be prepared following the template
provided below. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the
Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania. Abbreviated abstracts or
late submissions will not be considered.

Purpose of this paper

What are the reason(s) for writing the paper (or the aims of the research)?


How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the
study. What is the approach to the topic, and what is the theoretical or
subject scope of the paper?


What was found in the course of the work? This will refer to analysis,
discussion, or results.

Research limitations/implications (if applicable)

If research is reported on in the paper, this section must be completed and
should include suggestions for future research and any identified
limitations in the research process.

Practical implications

(if applicable)

What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences
are identified? All papers should have practical applications. What changes
to practice might be made as a result of this research/paper?

What is original/value of paper

What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to whom.

Please send your abstract by 15 December 2008 to:

Ms Premila Gamage, RSCAO Chair

E-mail: premilagamage@gmail.com


M. Al Mamun, RSCAO Secretary

E-mail: almamun@icddrb.org