Call for Papers — Open Sessions
Preservation and Conservation Section joint with Rare Books and Special Collections Section and Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (PAC)
- 30 January 2019, 18:51
Theme: "Forward thinking to lessen the effects of disasters or all types, weather and/or man-made"
The Sendai Framework https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/43291 focuses on managing the risk of disasters, before they happen, rather than dealing with their consequences. This builds on extensive research showing that preparation, prevention and mitigation can make a meaningful difference. With this in mind the Preservation and Conservation Section in partnership with Rare Books and Special Collections Section and Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) will sponsor a two hour program for 2019 in Athens on preventive measures that libraries have taken to ensure more resiliency for their collections and buildings as well as having a safe haven for patrons after a disaster in the region.
The program for Athens 2019 will be built around this Sendai concept to encourage all libraries to take preemptive steps to avoid damage to collections and buildings. Examples might be what Libraries are doing to make building more earthquake resilient, to protect collections in the event of water incursion or to avoid fire, reduce smoke damage. These are only examples of potential disasters that can be mitigated by forward thinking and action in advance of climate changing events, and human disaster events so that collections remain safe and buildings can withstand climate and human events.
Recently, there are many initiatives by libraries to advance disaster plans. But the most demanding problem is how to support proactive behavior through renovations, and strengthening the building envelope to withstand disasterous events.
The topic of this session is to look at case studies and good practices on sustainable building improvements or new built structures that can resist damage and sustain operability after a disaster. Topics could be: What is needed to obtain the funds, support for such a building project for improvements to provide those preemptive steps that reduce damage and sustain operability after a disaster. How is the purpose framed? How are the funds obtained? How long is necessary for planning? What success can be demonstrated?
The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details, including name, position, affiliation, and email address of each author, is
28 February 2019 extended to 15 March 2018. Selection of papers will be based on the abstract. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Preservation and Conservation Section and Rare Book Section and PAC. Selection of papers will be based on the abstract. Presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by the end of March 2019.
The full paper is due on 31 May 2019 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.
Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Please do not submit PDF files.
Papers should be of 5 pages minimum and 20 pages maximum, double spaced, and must use the template that will be available with IFLA’s 2019 Guidelines for Paper Authors and Presenters.
The conference will be conducted in English. All proposals, papers and presentations will be required to be in English.
15 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read.
It is strongly recommended that the presentation is supported by a visual element such as PowerPoint, Prezi, or other presentation software.
Authors should indicate their personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper.
15 March 2019 – All proposals must be received;
31 March 2019 – Successful candidates will be notified;
31 May 2019 – Submit the full paper along with the accurate title of the paper on an author permission form so that the paper may be posted online.
All proposals must be received by 15 March 2019.
Please email your abstract to:
Jeanne Drewes, Preservation and Conservation Section
At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Athens, Greece. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
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 letter can be issued to authors.
Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.
Congress Participation Grants
List of opportunities for support is available on the Conference Participation Grants webpage.