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[log in to unmask]" width=91 height=95>World Library and Information Congress: 77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

General Theme: Libraries beyond Libraries:

Integration, Innovation and Information for All”

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Convention Center): 13-18 August 2011


Acquisition and Collection Development Section Open Session


Call for Papers


Theme: “Developing Collections in Hard Financial Times”


All library types are affected by budget cuts and have to face the necessity of defining priorities, making difficult choices, using new solutions in order to actualize collection development policies which suit the needs of all categories of users. To pursue this aim, libraries must demonstrate imagination, using both confirmed and innovative concepts and methods. Among them:


-          proactive collaborative solutions (cooperative reference services, cooperative collection development, consortia,…);

-          balancing e-resources vs. print material;

-          discovering free resources, low cost options, alternative resources;

-          leasing vs. borrowing;

-          patron-driven acquisition models

-          etc.


Form of papers (Extract from the Guidelines for Planning Congress Programmes issued by the IFLA Professional Committee):

“It may be impractical to require that every speaker prepares a formal paper, rather than PowerPoint slides.  IFLA’s first preference remains papers, translated into IFLA’s official languages.  If speakers cannot produce papers, however, they must prepare a substantial abstract, including references such as URLs and bibliographies, to accompany their presentation.”


 Languages of papers can be one among the seven IFLA working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.


The programme is 2 hours. We are planning for 6 presentations that are 15 minutes each.


The deadline for submitting an abstract (maximum 250 words) for a proposed paper is 31 January 2010. The abstract should include the title of the paper; your name and contact information. This should be sent by email to: Pascal Sanz:  [log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]


 Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of members of the Standing Committee of the  Acquisition and Collection Development Section. Successful proposals will be identified by 1 March 2010.


The papers for accepted proposals will be due on 15 May 2011.


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Joseph Hafner
Associate Director, Collection Services
McGill University Library
3459 McTavish
Montréal, Québec H3A 1Y1

mobile phone (514)294-2067
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