International Conference on Children's Libraries 2010


Some of the confirmed presenters are:

Tricia Adams from the UK who will share her experiences with us on the Development of School Libraries. A professional librarian, she is presently Director, School Library Association in UK.

Elizabeth Lee from Canada will speak on Graphic Novels as a first step towards reading.

Ken Spillman from Australia on the Role of Authors in Developing Suitable Reading Material for libraries.

Faiqa Jahangir from Pakistan on Selection of Books

Murti Bunanta from Indonesia on Reading for Recovery.

Barbara Scharioth from Germany on Digital Libraries

Ingrid Bon from the Netherlands, head of the Libraries for Children and Young Adults section of IFLA.

Ellis Vance from the USA on One World, One Dream.

Mickias Musiyawa from Zimbabwe on the Responsibility of the Author and Publisher in the provision of Relevant Books for countries like Zimbabwe.

Several NGO librarians from India will speak on other topics.


International Conference on Children's Libraries 2010

Building a Book Culture

February 4th - 6th, 2010
New Delhi (INDIA)

The Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC), the Indian Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), is holding a three-day International Conference on Children’s Libraries – Building A Book Culture, on February 4th—6th, 2010 at New Delhi, India. The aim of the Conference is to discuss the potentials and scope of libraries in strengthening the book culture. This Conference, a pioneering attempt by the Indian BBY, is a step towards this goal.

AWIC, founded by Late Shankar Pillai in 1981, is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of creative literature for children.  It aims at bringing books and children together and promoting the reading habit.
Reading books is an important ingredient in the development of the child’s personality.  The role of children’s libraries is crucial to create a climate that encourages reading. Let us join hands to strengthen the library movement everywhere in the world.

We invite children’s librarians, educationists, publishers, authors and all others interested in children and books, to attend this important conference. Participants will benefit from the academic sessions, share the experiences of eminent speakers from around the world, and watch demonstrations of reading promotion activities. At the same time, they will enjoy the attractive displays and cultural evenings organised for the occasion.

AWIC Children’s Library Project has been active for the last 25 years in India.  It won the prestigious IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award in 1991.  The presence of the IBBY-Asahi award winners will be the highlight of the Conference.

For further details contact:
Conference Organiser
Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC) / Ind.BBY
Nehru House
4, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi- 110002

Tel.: 91-11-23311095, 91-11-23316970-74

Seminar Topics
4-6 February 2010
New Delhi

Session 1
Development of Libraries for Children
- Public Libraries     - NGO Libraries
- School Libraries    - Libraries for Special Children
- Home Libraries

Session 2
Suitable Reading Material for Children’s Libraries

- The Role of Publishers    - The Role of Illustrator
- The Role of Authors    - The Role of Translators

Session 3
Children’s Library Services

- The Role of the Librarian    - Networking of Libraries
- Selection of Books    - Mobile Libraries

Session 4
Children’s Libraries as a Catalyst of Social Change

- Books where there are none     - Reading for Recovery
- Changing attitudes

Session 5
Children’s Libraries without Borders

- A Book Culture to Build Bridges (Promotion of universal values)
- Two-way Flow of Children’s Literature
-  Digital Libraries to Promote Reading /Library Services
- One World One dream (Promotion of friendship, tolerance and peace)

Post Lunch Sessions

- Presentations by IBBY Asahi Reading Promotion Awardees
-  Demonstrations of Reading Promotion Activities in Children’s Libraries

Cultural Evening