Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section & School Libraries Section15 to 20 year olds reading across the world: Why? Where? How?

Bibliothèque nationale de France (the National Library of France), Paris, France
23 August 2014 (9 AM 6 PM)


Young people between 15 and 20 years old around the world live in very different geographic, social, economic, every-day life conditions. Some attend secondary school or university, some work, some both study and work and some do not study nor work. Changing, fickle, they are at an age that is key for self-construction, and they often receive little support from adults.

Cultural institutions in every country struggle to attract these teenagers and young adults. They are an important target for cultural workers trying to interest them in reading. How can we give or restore a place for reading in their lives? How can 15-20 year olds that do not read be led to reading? What roles can be played by physical and digital libraries, by schools and cultural institutions, by associations and work places? This conference intends to study these questions and to produce recommendations useful to practitioners.

The expected audience is likely to include public and school librarians, teachers, cultural workers, students and scholars as well other professionals working with teenagers and young adults.


Bibliothèque nationale de France, site François-Mitterrand, petit auditorium
Quai François-Mauriac, Paris 13e. Métro Quai de la Gare (ligne 6) ou Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (ligne 13)

Subway :
Lignes 6 (Quai de la gare), 14 et RER C (Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand)

Bus :
Lignes 89, 62, 64, 132 et 325

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Call for proposal

1. Places and practices for 15-20 year olds’ reading across the world :

  • The professionals’ point of view : How do professionals in different countries view young people’s reading/not reading and their reading places?
  • The young people’s point of view : What vision do 15-20 year olds in different countries have of reading, of reading places and of professionals?

2. What reading offerings (printed/digital), for what reading programs around the world, to render reading visible and attractive?

  • Programs for 15-20 year olds: How to introduce books to them? (design of reading places; collection display in public libraries, school libraries, residences and associations for young people ; oral/written presentations of texts by teachers, librarians and others; marketing; reading clubs)
  • The question of "legitimate" content: Are there « good » or « bad » reads? Must one absolutely read? Why? How is the question of "legitimate" content considered across the world? How do schools across the world set the rules for reading? How is literature for young adults considered: is it of good quality and adapted to readers? Is reading for pleasure opposed to "high reading"?
  • How is digital technology used to foster 15-20 year olds’ reading and participation?

3. How do all actors, including young people, participate in reading programs around the world?

  • The importance of young people’s active participation in reading programs: How are the programs organized, what skills and training are necessary for the actors involved in those programs?
  • Bringing reading and culture to 15-20 year olds where they are: outreach programs, partnerships with other professionals; partnerships with commercial enterprises, schools, cultural institutions, and associations.
  • How to reach young people who read very little or do not read at all? What actions and programs are needed for them?

4. How to evaluate reading programs for 15-20 year olds?

  • How to devise quality evaluation?
  • How to fix precise goals?
  • What criteria for evaluation?
  • What are the difficulties? Are difficulties for evaluation the same in different countries?
  • Case studies

The conference will study these questions and suggest recommendations for practitioners, through sixteen presentations by professionals from eight countries in all continents.

Presentations will be in English and French. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

The conference will be followed by a cocktail at the Belvédère on the 18th floor of the National Library, which has a unique view over all Paris.


Soon available



Participants are invited to chose and register for one of the following programmes of library visits :

Choice :

  1. Two muncipal libraries in the East of Paris: Bibliothèque Robert Desnos in Montreuil-Sous-Bois (13:30-15:00), then Bibliothèque Marguerite Duras in Paris (15:30-16:30). L anguages : French and English
    Meeting point at 13:30 at library Robert Desnos in Montreuil-Sous-Bois (address and itinerary below). After this visit, the group will be accompanied in public transportation to library Marguerite Duras.
    Addresses :
    Bibliothèque Robert Desnos
    14 boulevard Rouget de Lisle – Montreuil-Sous-Bois
    Metro line 9, station « Mairie de Montreuil ». 2 minutes walk from the station to the library.
    Plan :
    Bibliothèque Marguerite Duras
    115 rue de Bagnolet – Paris 20è
  2. The Bibliothèque nationale de France, site François Mitterrand – 13:30 – 16:00. Language : English
    Meeting point at 13:15 au Hall Est
    Quai François Mauriac – 75 Paris
    Access :
    Registration :
    Choice 1 : please write to Dominique TABAH (
    Choice 2 : please write to Lucile TRUNEL (

Saturday 23 August programme

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Registration Fees : 100 €
The fees include coffee breaks, a light lunch and the cocktail after the conference.


IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults

  • Chair : Viviana Quiñones
    Bibliothèque nationale de France, Centre national de la littérature pour la jeunesse - La Joie par les livres
    Quai François-Mauriac
    75706 Paris cedex 13, France
    Tel. +33 (0)1 53 79 52 86
    Email :
  • Secretary : Kirsten Boelt
    Deputy City Librarian
    Aalborg Public Libraries
    Rendsburggade 2, Postboks 839
    DK-9100 Aalborg, Danemark
    Tel. +(45)99314425
    Fax +(45)99314390
    Email :

IFLA section School Libraries

IASL (International Association of School Librarianship)

Local Organising Committee

Canopé (ex. SCEREN-CNDP et CRDP), le réseau de création et d'accompagnement pédagogiques

  • Canopé (Chasseneuil) :
    Jean-Marc Merriaux, Directeur Général
    Sébastien Brunet, Directeur de l'ingénierie de la documentation, de la formation et du patrimoine
  • Canopé de l'académie de Paris : Bertrand Cocq, directeur et Brigitte Pierrat, chargée de mission
    Gaëlle Bebin, responsable de la communication et des formations
    Email :

Association Lecture Jeunesse

ABF (Association des bibliothécaires de France)

  • Groupe ABF Ile-de-France : Christine Péclard, Chair
    Médiathèque Marguerite Duras
    115, rue de Bagnolet
    75020 Paris
    Tel. +33 (0)1 55 25 49 10
    Email :

BPI (Bibliothèque Publique d'Information)

  • Service Nouvelle Génération
    Mélanie Archambaud, chef du service
    25, rue du Renard
    75197 Paris Cedex 04
    Tel : +33 (0)1 44 78 44 32
    Email :

Bibliothèque nationale de France

IFLA National Committee 2014

Ministère de l'Éducation nationale

  • Inspection générale Groupe Etablissements et vie scolaire
    Michel Reverchon-Billot, IGEN EVS