*World Library and Information Congress: 78th IFLA General Conference and
*Satellite Conference in Tampere, Finland
8-10 August 2012*

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IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group (WIL) in
cooperation with Women’s Information Network Europe (WINE) invite
colleagues to submit proposals for its satellite conference to be held at
University of Tampere, Finland, 8th to 10th August 2012.

*Conference Theme*

How can libraries and information centres improve access to women’s
information and preserve women’s cultural heritage?

*Scope / Objectives of the Conference*

The Conference aims to discuss

   - ways libraries and information centres provide access to feminist,
   human rights and gender information
   - ways to preserve women’s cultural heritage
   - the role of libraries and information centres in the internet era,
   and the role of the internet in democratising access to women´s information
   and information for women

*Papers can cover a wide range of related areas including*

1. Collection strategies

   - Collection strategies of mainstream: Whose histories are we
   collecting, and for whom are we collecting them?
   - New directions: How do we shape collections so that they serve future
   diverse generations?
   - Libraries and archives as feminist knowledge producers
   - Oral history projects
   - Strategies for collecting and preserving the memories of migrant and
   refugee women

2. Providing access to women’s or gender information

   - Tools to promote access to and enable exchange of women’s or gender
   - Thesauri, anthologies, tags, gender mainstreaming classification
   - Good practices in providing access to women’s and gender information
   - Dissemination of gendered information in a globalised world

3. Libraries/information centres and new media in a gendered world

   - The changing function of libraries in the internet era
   - Dealing with the new media: challenge of opportunity?
   - Digital information centres as a solution to financial and
   distribution challenges
   - Digital gap, gender and development
   - Developing digital libraries
   - The role of social networks

Submission Guidelines

Proposals to be submitted by email to *[log in to unmask]* including

   - Title of the paper
   - Abstract of approximately 150 words, summarising the paper
   - 3-6 keywords
   - Speaker's name, professional affiliation, postal address, email
   address and brief biographical note.

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel chaired by the Women,
Information and Libraries Special Interest Group Convener in cooperation
with WINE. Papers and presentations should be unpublished, original works.
IFLA has first publication rights to papers selected.

Conference presentations will be made in English. They will be no longer
than 20 minutes, with extra time for discussion at the end of the session.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel and
accommodation are the responsibility of the presenters. No financial
support can be provided by IFLA.

Letters of invitation can be issued to presenters upon request.
First-time presenters and new professionals are especially encouraged to

31th January 2012: Submission of abstracts
21th February 2012: Notification of acceptance

Further information

IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group
Maria Cotera, convener, wilsig (at)

Women Information Network Europe (WINE<>
Tilly Vriend, Aletta, Netherlands, t.vriend (at)
WINE Board Member and Member of the Know How Community

Minna Centre for Gender Equality Information in Finland<>
Local host for the satellite conference
Sari Pikkala, sari.pikkala (at)


Jenny Bossaller, PhD
School of Information Science & Learning Technology
221A Townsend Hall
University of Missouri
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