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Appel à contribution de la section "Bibliothèques publiques" de l'IFLA

Public library services around the world have reached the cross-roads. Collection formats and community needs continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Technology plays a major role providing people with access to information; bringing library staff out from behind the desk to engage with users and delivering programs and activities, to suit the local community.
  • How do Public Libraries cope with these changes?
  • How do we plan and adapt our spaces to incorporate these changes?
  • How do we reorganise our service models?

These are the questions we need to answer through our exciting and very practical program. Its a multi-pronged approach with a combination of keynote speakers, targeted papers and workshop sessions.

The conference will be will be hosted by the City of Cape Town Library Service and the Western Cape Provincial Library Services. Delegates will have the opportunity to workshop solutions for service delivery options with their professional colleagues and to share and learn from others' experiences.

The expected audience is likely to include public library staff, cultural workers, students and scholars, other professionals working in the information industry and government representatives.


The conference organisers invite proposals on the following issues:

How do we integrate technology into the Public Library? (e-resources, RFID, self-serve, mobile devices)

  • Service - how do we deliver and design for new services
  • Collections - how can make the transition for technology to provide greater and more relevant access?
  • Spaces - how do we plan and adapt spaces in local context

Preference will be given to presentations that will equip participants with ideas and skills that can be applied in their workplace.

The Section is also eager to receive proposals under these themes that relate to mobile libraries.

15 minutes will be allowed for a presentation in the Conference followed by 5 minute discussion/question time. The full written paper is not to be read.

Proposals should include

  • Title of the presentation
  • Abstract of no more than 400 words
  • Author(s) name, professional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address
  • A brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words

The conference will be conducted in English. All proposals, papers and presentations will be required to be in English.


13 – 14 August, 2015


Goodwood Community Hall, Cape Town, South Africa