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Call for presentations- International Symposium on Libraries and Censorship

  • 1.  Call for presentations- International Symposium on Libraries and Censorship

    Posted Apr 02, 2024 06:47 PM

    Please find below a call for proposals concerning Unshelving Voices: Empowering Libraries Against Censorship. We hope for your propositions and for your participation!

    The Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información (IIBI), the IFLA LGBTQ+ Special Interest Group, the Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE), together with the  School Library Section, and the Management of Library Associations (MLAS) are plased to announce the upcoming International Symposium on Censorship and Librarues under the theme:

    Unshelving Voices: Empowering Libraries Against Censorship

    • Placing library censorship in a more global context of attack on freedom of expression and access to information.
    • Raise awareness about the issues of censorship and bias in libraries.
    • Explore the legal, ethical, and moral dimensions of library censorship.
    • Develop strategies for combating censorship and promoting inclusivity in libraries.

    Target Audience

    • Librarians and library staff
    • Educators and researchers
    • LGBTQ+ advocates and allies
    • Legal experts
    • Social justice activists
    • Library and information studies student

    Call for Presentations

    The conference welcomes proposals for presentations on topics related to library censorship:
    • Censorship of books and materials
    • Anti-LGBTQ censorship
    • Political censorship
    • Sensitive topical concerns
    • Legal/legislative/copyright concerns
    • AI leading to censorship
    • Censorship motivated by bias
    • Self censorship and impact on practitioners
    • Skills countering and management censorship
    • Navigating personal and professional ethics
    • Balancing intellectual freedom and inclusion
    Submissions should focus on practical solutions, case studies, and research findings.
    A committee will review and select presentations that align with the conference goals.



    Important dates:

    15 April, 2024 – Deadline for submission of proposal abstract
    30 May, 2024 – Notification of acceptance
    15 July, 2024 – Deadline for submission of presentation slides
    6-7 August, 2024 – Unshelved Voices
    All the best,

    Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información