21 January 2016

WLIC 2016, Call for Papers

By Fabien Vandermarcq

Under the theme of the next WLIC: “Connections. Collaboration. Community.” the IFLA SIG RELINDIAL opens its session conference. It will be organized around the three main themes of the IFLA Congress. We aim to show that the common point of these three themes, is the human being, the technical aspects are important, but the technic is here to help humankind. It is more than ever necessary to place humankind at the centre of our concerns and to develop tools and services to his benefit.


  • Human connections
    • Does your library play a role in connecting people? About religious themes or other? Do you use religious sources in your institution to raise public awareness about interreligious issues?
    • Have you feedbacks about special religious events you organized (conferences, exhibitions, workshops)?
  • Tools to serve connections:
    • Electronic connections (catalogues, databases, digital libraries, web 2.0): What is the outcome of providing these tools?
    • Semantic Web: how is the religious vocabulary reflected in or influenced by technology and in particular, in the semantic web? Of the tools that are available today, for example VIAF, what kind of contributions do they make to interreligious publicity and understanding?


  • Human collaboration

- Does your library cooperate with local institutions to promote interfaith dialogue? Is it involved in local initiatives?

  • Institutional collaboration
    • Do you collaborate with different professional areas: teachers, IT professional, libraries?
    • Have you experimented in collaborating with other institutions in building tools for religious libraries (digital libraries, open access, access to content built through a collaboration between different libraries)?


  • Library associations
    • Have you engaged in promoting interreligious dialogue in a Library association?
    • Have you built an association of religious libraries? If so, are there any concerns which have arisen?
  • Educational, Academic community

Is your library involved in the educational, academic community? Have you partnerships with religious schools. How and what are the consequences for the library?

  • Network

Is your institution networking on interreligious or intercultural themes? How? With other libraries? Other kind of partners?

All the colleagues and professional who wish to share their experiences in the various aspects outlined above are invited to send a proposal by February 15, 2016.

The session will have a time slot of two hours for lively discussions and sharing of information.

Full version of the Call for Papers of Relindial is available online:

English: http://2016.ifla.org/cfp-calls/ifla-religions-libraries-in-dialogue-special-interest-group

French: http://2016.ifla.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/01/ifla-religions-libraries-in-dialogue-special-interest-group-fr.pdf

Religions: Libraries and Dialogue

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