Call for Papers — Open Sessions
LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group
- 18 February 2019, 18:18
Theme: "Let’s talk about change: How libraries and LGBTIQ communities are challenging stereotypes"
Libraries are important institutions for LGBTIQ communities. They hold significant collections and public memory, they host LGBTIQ programs and provide safe spaces where LGBTIQ people and groups can meet. But how do libraries and LGBTIQ communities work together? In what ways can libraries challenge stereotypes and have a positive impact on LGBTIQ lives?
From the IFLA Congress theme, “Libraries in dialogue for change” IFLA LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group will be hosting a 2-hour interactive session during the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC 2019) in Athens, Greece. We would like to encourage dialogue on how libraries can bring about change for LGBTIQ communities. In particular we seek to examine the role libraries can play in breaking down stereotypes through collections, programs and spaces that support LGBTIQ community needs and the diversity that they represent. We are looking for presentations that display thought leadership and introduce innovative approaches to how libraries can challenge LGBTIQ stereotypes and drive social change.
Papers may address the following topics or any other relevant subthemes:
– To what extent are libraries safe spaces for LGBTIQ communities?
– What opportunities are there for libraries to host programs that challenge stereotypes about LGBTIQ communities? – What role does Drag Queen storytime play in breaking down stereotypes of LGBTIQ communities?
– How can LGBTIQ special collections challenge the public memory and commemorate LGBTIQ experiences?
– How do print collections challenge stereotypes of LGBTIQ communities?– What is the role of social media movements like #ReadDiverseBooks and #OwnVoices in changing LGBTIQ stereotypes?
– What can academic libraries do to help LGBTIQ communities interrogate stereotypes?
Language of the session
The language of the session is English. However, presenters may choose to give their talk/oral presentation in any of IFLA’s official languages. Presentation slides must be in English.
11 March 2019 – Deadline for submitting a 500 word abstract and author information.
30 March 2019 –Presenters will be notified whether their proposals are accepted based on how well they have addressed the session theme.
1 June 2019 – Full text of papers and brief biographies of the presenter(s) are due. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as an MS Word file by email.
Proposals must be submitted by email and must contain:
– Email subject line “IFLA Athens Paper Proposal”
– Title of proposed presentation
– Presenter(s) name, position and affiliation, email address, and biography (150 words maximum)
– An abstract in English (500 words)
– Language of the paper
– Language of the presentation
Please submit your proposal no later than
28 February 2019 the extended deadline of 11 March 2019 to:
Convenor of the IFLA LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group
Member of the IFLA LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group
The length of presentations should be approximately 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.
At least one of the presenters must deliver the paper in person at the program in Athens. The expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
Papers should not be more than 4,000 words.
Papers must be original submissions not presented or published elsewhere.
Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.
A special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
Congress Participation Grants
List of opportunities for support is available on the Conference Participation Grants webpage.