101st Annual Deutscher Bibliothekartag (Conference of the German Library
Libraries – the Gateways to Knowledge
Hamburg, Germany May 22 – 25th, 2012
Call for Papers
Translated from the German
From May 22 to May 25, Hamburg will host the 101st annual conference of the
German Library Association. The central theme of next year’s conference
will focus on the topic: “Libraries – Gateways to Knowledge”. The
organizers are interested in proposals for presentations on the following
topics (including examples):
1. Changing Frameworks: the politics of national and international library
politics, legal bases, engagement and volunteer work as well as financial
challenges going forward.
2. Libraries as cultural institutions: libraries in their role as leaders in
national cultural preservation, collection preservation, new concepts for
exhibitions and cultural event organizers (also digital), presentation
platforms and cooperation with other cultural institutions.
3. Libraries as destinations: concepts of space utilization and room use as
well as new building concepts.
4. Professionalism in libraries: what kind of education models and studies
are necessary? How does continuing education and professional ethics play a
5. Libraries in cities and communities: cultural education, promotion of
reading, media education and inter/multicultural library work.
6. Libraries for learning: life-long learning, cooperation with schools, the
library’s role in education and as a platform for learning.
7. Library management: personal development, organizational management,
innovation management and financing structures.
8. New structures and requirements in academic libraries: development of
library networks, impact of the Bologna-Process
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna_Process), international networks,
changing tasks of research and special libraries, information infrastructure
and excellence initiatives.
9. New networks and portals: Search-and-Discovery services, Cloud-Computing,
metadata, Open-Linked Data, social networking.
10. Purchase, lending and licencing and access: new acquisition models,
licencing models and Open Access.
Presentations should be approximately 15 minutes in length to leave time for
a question and answer session. Abstracts should not be longer than 2000
characters (including spaces). Please note that presentations are combined to
form a larger set of presentations of similar content.
Abstracts should be submitted by email to:
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no later than November 20, 2011.
Candidates will be informed by mid-February at the latest if their proposals
Selection of speakers will take place through a peer-review committee.
Candidates whose papers are accepted will be eligible to apply for funding to
help off-set travel costs through the Goethe-Institut.
Abstracts may be submitted in either German or English. Presentations can be
made in either German or English.
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