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[InetBib] Call for Papers_Satellite Conference IFLA Section Library Buildings and Equipment

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,
ich möchte Sie hiermit auf einen Call for Papers für die Satellite Conference 
der Sektion Library Buildings and Equipment im August 2013 in Singapur 
aufmerksam machen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Dorothea Sommer



Satellite Conference – IFLA World Library and Information Congress
Section for Library Buildings and Equipment 
August 15-16, 2013, Li Ka Shing University Library, Singapore Management 

Main Theme: 

Making Ends Meet: High Quality Design on a Low Budget

Since 2008, the world’s economy has seen dramatic changes that have rippled 
throughout the library world. While the demand for library services has 
increased, the money available to build, refurbish and operate them has 
decreased. However, while the number of people physically going to a public 
library has increased over the past 5 years, the number of public libraries 
reporting flat or decreased operating budgets increased dramatically. Many 
countries report a decrease in funding of libraries. On the other hand, public 
and student demand for study and collaborative work space, the changing nature 
of the content delivery and the increased need for access to computer 
technologies world-wide for educational and social reasons is creating an 
increasing need for more library space that is smart, flexible and economical 
to build and operate.  Libraries are central to our knowledge economy. Without 
them, many communities would have no access to technology, study space or 
and literacy training. 

The Library Buildings & Equipment Standing Committee is looking for papers that 
highlight the ways public and academic communities in different regions and 
countries of the world are able to continue to provide high quality library 
space that is affordable in these difficult economic circumstances. Papers are 
welcome that present the way new models of design, adaptive reuse and 
technology are being employed to provide new and innovative architectural 
solutions that maintain the library as an important element in our society 
while addressing the challenges of decreased capital and operational funding. 
Presenters can include public and academic library examples. The theme of WLIC 
2013, “Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities” should provide the context of 
the presentation.  

Sessions will be organized around the following topics:

-       Setting the scene: the impact of economy on libraries in different 
regions of the world, new service trends and demands for library buildings
-       Making things easier: how to create quality library space with a low 
financial budget
-       New design approaches to emerging needs: aligning physical spaces with 
social values
-       Case studies: New rural libraries in different regional contexts (e.g. 
Asia, Africa) 
-       Case studies: Adaptive reuse of buildings for library purposes in 
different regional contexts 
-       Case studies: New models of design in different regional contexts

Paper Submission

The IFLA Library Building and Equipment Section welcomes submission of 
abstracts from prospective presenters regarding each of these broad themes. 
From among the abstracts received 3 – 5 papers on each topic will be selected 
for presentation at the satellite meeting. Papers may describe recent projects 
that have successfully emulated the themes listed above. Papers may also offer 
a more speculative viewpoint, with forecasts of how libraries and buildings 
will need to change to meet the challenges of the word economy in volatile 

The following should be provided: 
- name and institution of presenter(s)
- an abstract of the paper describing the project, campaign or research carried 
out (1 page, up to 350 words) preferably in English
- relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s)

Send your proposals by 22nd, February 2013 via e-mail to the chair of the LBE 
section Dorothea Sommer (dorothea.sommer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx).
The abstracts will be reviewed and selected by a Review Committee. The paper 
can be given at the congress in any of IFLA’s official languages. Successful 
proposals will be identified and announced by March 8th, 2013. 

If a paper is selected authors must commit to presenting it in Singapore.

All presenters and their papers will be listed in the programme of the 
conference. Therefore presenters must forward the full text of their papers by 
April 25th, 2013 to allow time for review. The time allowed for the 
presentation will be 45 minutes. Papers should be no longer than 20 pages.

Important Dates:

Submission of abstracts and proposals deadline          February 22nd, 2013
Notification of acceptance                                      March 8th, 2013
Deadline for authors to submit papers                   April 25th, 2013
Dissemination of final program                          April 30th, 2013
Deadline for authors to submit slides                   July 30, 2013
Satellite Conference                                    August 15 – 16, 2013

Conference Registration:

The registration fee for is $153 SGD (approx 100 Euro per person depending on 
prevailing exchange rates).
More information about the conference registration will be available after the 
paper selection process.
Please note that all expenses, including registration for the conference, 
travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/ presenters. 
No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be 
issued to authors/ presenters. 

Jointly organized by

Li Ka Shing University Library, Singapore Management University
IFLA Library buildings and Equipment Section

Venue: Singapore Management University
             Administration Building, Level 6, Function Room, 81 Victoria 
Street, Singapore 188065


Dr. Dorothea Sommer
Chair, IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section

Stellvertretende Direktorin

Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt
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06098 Halle (Saale)

Tel. 0345/ 55 22 191
Fax: 0345/ 55 27 140



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