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Call for Papers and Panelists: Multicultural to Intercultural: Libraries Connecting Communities

The IFLA Section on Library Services to Multicultural Populations has announced a Satellite Pre-conference in Vancouver , Canada , August 5-7, 2008.
Themed, “Multicultural to Intercultural: Libraries Connecting Communities”, this conference will explore models of practices of libraries in different multicultural environments.  The library needs of First Nations/Indigenous peoples will also be addressed in the conference.  In addition, there will be an examination of the changing demographics of our communities and institutions and the many challenges and opportunities that arise with cultural diversity.
The expected audience of the conference is information specialists providing services to diverse populations.
Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Innovative Library Services to Multicultural Populations
  • Successful Strategies in Library Services to Aboriginal/Indigenous Populations
  • Impact of Multiculturalism, Cultural Diversity and Changing Demographics on Library Services
  • Best Practices in Library Services to Students

Submissions: Send an abstract of approximately 500 words, in English no later than February 4, 2008 to Chrysalyn Tolentino at chrystol@vpl.ca

Attach brief biographical information of the author/s including their name(s), contact details, professional affiliation( s) and a short statement on their career(s). 

  • Successful applicants will be notified by mid-March, 2008. 
  • Papers accepted will be due no later than July 1st 2008. 
  • Papers should be submitted in English and be ready for publishing.
  • Papers should not be longer than 20 pages. 
  • A maximum of 30 minutes will be allowed for the presentation of each paper. 
  • At least one of the authors of the paper must present the paper.   The papers must be presented in English.

**Please note that the Programme Committee has no funds to assist prospective authors: abstracts should only be submitted on the understanding that the expenses of attending the Vancouver conference (including travel, expenses) will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter (s) of accepted papers.  Authors of accepted papers will receive complimentary conference registration.
For further information on the conference, visit the website at www.bcla.ca/ifla2008 (*under construction* ) or contact Michael Burris at execdir@bcla.bc.ca 


  • February 4, 2008: Deadline for submission of proposals.
  • Mid-March, 2008: Notification of acceptance of proposals.
  • July 1, 2008: Submission of full papers.

One Response

  1. I enjoyed your post but see some problems in my search. I think of multicultural as the world apart. Europeans selling to Americans or China developing in Africa.

    Nice work – I have to work on defining my thoughts, I suppose

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