CFP: IFLA Call for Papers Reference and Information Services Section: Reference as Service and Place

Call for Papers

IFLA Reference and Information Services Section

Theme: Reference as Service and Place

11-13 August 2015

University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Reference and Information Services Section

IFLA’s theme for the 2015 congress in Cape Town is “Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation” and the Reference and Information Services Section is pleased to announce our satellite meeting building on this theme. Our chosen theme, “Reference as Service and Place,” recognizes the dynamic changes in library and information services, including reference services, while also acknowledging the still-relevant role of traditional and low-tech reference services and interactions.

IFLA notes that this congress theme aims to “strengthen democracy on a continent where libraries need to connect with civil society to demonstrate the value they add in eradicating poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and ignorance with special emphasis on early childhood development, youth services, women’s health and local economic development.” Our satellite meeting, to be held at the University of Botswana in Gaborone from August 11-13, invites paper proposals that address the ways in which reference and information services can help connect libraries to civil societies, promote local and indigenous knowledge, culture, and development, and address the education, training, and practice of librarians and library staff. We especially seek papers on the following sub-themes.