[Videolib] Call for papers

George Lindell Abbott (glabbott@syr.edu)
Fri, 27 Oct 2006 11:15:21 -0400

Below please find a call for papers for the program cosponsored by the
IFLA Audiovisual and Multimedia Section. Papers relating to the use
of video, audio and digital for collecting and preserving local and
family history are sought.

George Abbott
VRT representative to IFLA Audiovisual and Multimedia Section

World Library and Information Congress
73rd IFLA General Conference and Council
Durban, South Africa. 19-23 August, 2007


The IFLA Genealogy and Local History Section, together with the IFLA
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Section, are holding an Open Session next
year in Durban, South Africa on the theme:

?Stories without writing: local and family history beyond the written word.?

For many thousands of years, societies have transmitted the histories
of their families and localities without the use of writing.
?Pre-literate? cultures have employed imagery, music and oral
traditions to preserve and transmit their narratives up until the
present day. It could be argued that modern societies are now entering
a ?post-literate? stage, where multimedia technology has advanced to
the point where the ability to read written words is increasingly

Our session will explore the role of libraries in collecting and
disseminating audiovisual local and family history material.

The overall theme of the 2007 World Library and Information Congress
is "Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships"
and our programme will describe:

? Progress being made by libraries in collecting and
disseminating local and family histories without the use of the
written word.

? Developments which add value to existing historical
collections of sound recordings, movies, graphics and artefacts, by
engaging with communities to unlock the stories behind them.

? Partnerships between libraries, archives and museums and their
local communities to transmit these ?stories without writing? from
elders to posterity in a multimedia age.

The status of South Africa as one of the most developed countries on
the continent, coupled with its rich and distinctive oral and visual
heritage, will make Durban the ideal location for a session of this

Proposals are therefore invited for papers addressing the theme:

?Stories without writing: local and family history beyond the written word.?

Please send a detailed abstract, in English, of the proposed paper (1
page or at least 300 words), plus relevant brief biographical
information for its author(s), by 15 January 2007, via email to:
Janice McFARLANE <j.mcfarlane@nls.uk>

The abstracts will be reviewed by a Committee of members of the
Genealogy and Local History and the Audiovisual and Multimedia
Sections. Successful proposals will be identified by 31 January 2007.
Full papers will be due by 15 April 2007 to allow time for the review
of papers and preparation of translations.

Each full paper must be an original submission not published
elsewhere, and no more than 20 double spaced A4 pages in length. The
paper should be in one of the IFLA official languages.

At least one of the paper's Authors must undertake to be present* to
deliver a summary of the paper (up to 20 minutes, including immediate
questions) during the Section's programme in Durban.

It is hoped that Simultaneous Interpretation will be available for
this session, but we strongly recommend that the presentation slides
should be in English, even if the presentation is delivered in one of
the other official languages. Authors will also be invited to
participate in a Panel Discussion, along with their fellow authors, at
the end of the programme.

The nature of this session?s subject matter lends itself to the use of
sound and projected imagery. The Committee would welcome proposals
which offer to use such materials, and will endeavour to ensure that
the appropriate technology is available on the day.

*PLEASE NOTE that the neither Section has any funds to assist
prospective Authors: abstracts should only be submitted on the
understanding that the expenses of attending the Durban conference
(including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the
responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers. Some
national professional associations may be able to help fund certain
expenses, and a small number of grants for conference attendance may
be available at: http://www.ifla.org/III/members/grants.htm

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George L. Abbott
librarian emeritus
Syracuse University Library
311 Stonecrest Drive
Syracuse, NY 13214-2432

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.