World Library and Information Congress:
75th IFLA General Conference and Council
“Libraries Create Futures: Building on Cultural Heritage”
August 23-27, Milan, Italy
Milan has been chosen as the site for the IFLA Congress of 2009. That year will mark the 80th anniversary of the first World Congress of libraries and bibliography that took place in Rome, Florence and Venice in June 1929, and that was the first meeting of the new-born IFLA. The story of IFLA therefore begins in Italy and our Association is proud to be able to host once more such an important international event within the sphere of libraries. For one week, from 23rd to 27th August, over 4000 librarians from all over the world will take part in this great event. The Congress is marked by a large number of scientific encounters and technical meetings. It will be accompanied by an important exhibition of services and products for libraries.
The Literacy and Reading Section and the Information Literacy Section are seeking proposals for a program to be held at the IFLA Congress in Milan in August, 2009.
It is no longer enough to be simply print literate in the twenty-first century. The complex world in which we now live requires fluency in many literacies. Through formal presentations and group discussions, this program will explore the ways in which libraries can actively promote multiple literacies.
The program will feature up to six invited papers, each focusing on a different twenty-first century literacy. We are looking for papers on basic print literacy (combating illiteracy), fluent print literacy (combating aliteracy), and information literacy. We also invite paper presentations that feature other literacies. Possibilities include multicultural literacy, visual literacy, media literacy, civic literacy, or economic literacy, to name a few.
Papers chosen for presentation will avoid repetitive definitions of literacy in general and focus instead on the particular twenty-first century literacy being addressed. They will be specific about how libraries can promote that literacy. They will be grounded in theory, research, and/or practical applications.
Proposals should provide the following information:
The particular literacy addressed in the paper
Name and institution of speaker(s)
Abstract of paper (500 words)
Brief biographical information
Proposals should be sent to Alison Ernst (firstname.lastname@example.org or Alison.Ernst@comcast.net ) by November 15, 2008. Please indicate “IFLA proposal” in the subject line. Finalists will be notified by January 15, 2009, and will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in one of the official IFLA languages by May 15, 2009. Presenters will have fifteen minutes to present their papers at the program, and time will be allowed for a moderated discussion by attendees.
For more information, please contact Sylvia Chevillotte, Chair of Information Literacy Section, at Sylvie.chevillotte@univ-
Please note that it is the speakers’ responsibility to find funding for their participation.