Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section


"Child and Youth Reading in the Transition to a Digital Culture: Emerging Perspectives on the Role of Libraries"

[Deadline extended to: 1 March 2016]


11 August 2016


San José State University, San Jose, California and Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, USA


Libraries for Children and Young Adults in collaboration with the local Organizing Committee of Orradre Library, Santa Clara University and I-school, San José State University.


The organizers invite you to submit a proposal for a presentation on the theme Child and Youth Reading in the Transition to a Digital Culture: Emerging Perspectives on the Role of Librariesfor the IFLA Satellite Meeting to be held in San Jose, California, USA, on Thursday, 11 August 2016, at the campuses of San José State University and Santa Clara University (located just 4 miles apart).

New technologies such as e-readers, smart phones and tablet computers have been adopted all over the world, and very often are the primary technology for reading for many people, including children and youth. Libraries around the world have had to adapt to the changing and growing digital culture. There are challenges and opportunities, and limited basis for making important policy choices.   This conference intends to address these questions and to produce recommendations useful to practitioners.

The expected audience is likely to include public and school librarians, teachers, cultural workers, students and scholars as well other professionals working with teenagers and young adults.

We are particularly interested in presentations on the following topics:

  1. Deciding between promoting digital or print for children and youth reading: Parameters of the decision and would involve researchers and practitioners discussing the difficult choices that libraries face about budgetary and manpower tradeoffs between developing and promoting digital versus print resources. Included in this discussion are cost issues as well as impact (on reading practices and effects)
  2. Library impact on children’s and young adult literature would stimulate discussion of how specialized libraries for children and youth are shaping the decisions of publishers and authors. For example, the decisions of libraries to deliberately build collections that include much diversity of reading material may support publications and publishers that might not survive in a purely household market for digital and print reading resources.
  3. How do library spaces promote children and youth reading in an increasingly digital world would generate discussion of the design criteria (from best practices to cost-effective practices) that are being used to promote reading amongst the target population.

 Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be submitted by completing the following online form before 31 January 2016 the extended deadline 1 March 2016 or sent via email to:

Ingrid Kallstrom
Michael Kevane

Proposals must include in English or in French or in Spanish (please submit in both languages if it is possible for you):

  • Title of paper
  • Summary of paper (up to 500 words)
  • The speaker’s name, address, telephone and fax numbers, professional affiliation, email address and short biographical note (40 words)

The official language of the meeting itself is English. Unfortunately, at this time simultaneous translation cannot be provided. Papers may be submitted in English, French or Spanish. Every attempt will be made to have translations of papers available before the meeting.

The abstracts will be reviewed by the Review Committee. Successful proposals will be identified and announced by early March 2016.

Full text papers should be submitted in a Word or PDF file by 30 April 2016. Papers should be 3-20 pages long and written in English or in French. Papers must include an abstract and an appendix with practical recommendations derived from the paper.

The length of oral presentations of papers will be communicated in due time, but will likely be a maximum of 20 minutes. Presentations must be in English. The texts of oral presentations must be sent at least three weeks before the conference, so that their translation can be prepared.

Program committee for selection of papers

Anthony Bernier, I-school, San Jose State University
Michael Kevane, Santa Clara University (member IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults)

Ingrid Bon, Senior Advisor Reading, Learning, Informing, Rijnbrink Groep (Chair, IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults)

Ingrid Kallstrom, Senior Advisor, Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (secretary,  IFLA section Libraries for Children and Young Adults)

Karen Keyes, Coordinator of Young Adult Services at Brooklyn Public Library (member IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults)

Important Dates

1 March 2016 Deadline for submissions
early March 2016 Notification of acceptance/rejection
April 2016 Final program and full registration information
30 May 2016 Deadline for submission of final papers

Registration and payment

The conference co-organizers have determined that a registration fee of $60 will be required of each participant in order to cover expenses. (Early registration before May 1 2016 will be $50.) An online registration form and Paypal electronic payment system will soon be available for registration at the Satellite meeting website

Registration fees will be waived for the speakers. However, it is the speakers’ responsibility to find funding for travel, accommodation and associated costs, which IFLA and its Sections are not in a position to fund.


Libraries for Children and Young Adults

Chair: Ingrid Bon
Senior Advisor Reading, Learning, Informing, Rijnbrink Groep, Netherlands

Information Coordinator: Ulla Pötsönen
Finnish Library Association, Finland

Local Organising Committee

Michael Kevane
Dept. of Economics, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA USA

Anthony Bernier
School of Information, San José State University, San José, CA USA


All proposals must be received by 1 March 2016.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program of the Satellite Meeting.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2016 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses for attending the satellite meeting (eg. travel, accommodation, etc.) are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.