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Libraries and Immigrants: Historical Perspectives

The IFLA Library History Special Interest Group and the  Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section  invite proposals for papers to be presented at their joint session on  “Libraries and Immigrants: Historical Perspectives”  during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, USA, 13-19 August 2016 and you can find more detail on our proposed session at

The closing date for abstracts at 31 January 2016


Dr Kerry Smith, FALIA

Convenor IFLA Library History SIG

IFLA Section on Education and Training

Call for Proposals for book chapters for the 40th anniversary of the IFLA Section on Education and Training


Those interested in contributing a chapter to a monograph celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Section on Education and Training  should prepare a proposal of no more than 1,500 words (10,000 spaces). The finished chapters should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words.


      Proposals should focus on library and information science education and training (not libraries per se).

      Proposals may take a local, national or regional perspective.

      Historical proposals are preferred and they should explain the social and cultural context of the institutions being described. Authors are encouraged to include future plans and perspectives as well as information about the past.

      Proposals may be in any of the official IFLA languages, but German, French, Spanish and English are preferred. The language of the final text will likely be in English, depending on publisher requirements.

      Some authors may be invited to present at the off-site session on August 18, 2014 of the 2015 IFLA Conference in Lyon.

      Proposals should be sent to seadle (at)




The deadline for proposals is 24 January 2014.



A committee will review the proposals and respond to authors by 24 February 2014 to say whether the proposal has been accepted. Please note that it may not be possible to accept all proposals. Some revisions may also be requested.



Finished chapters will be due on 14 July 2014 (in honor of Bastille Day in France).



An editorial review of the final chapters will take place after chapters are delivered. Some revisions may be requested.

IFLA Poster Sessions; Libraries, Citizens and Societies: Confluence for Knowledge

World Library and Information congress

80th IFLA General Council and Congress

“Libraries, Citizens and Societies: Confluence for Knowledge”


16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.


Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to discuss with or show to other congress attendees? Why not present your work in the IFLA Poster Sessions?

Your topic could be described on a printed poster or by photographs, graphics and pieces of text that you attach to the presentation panel. All IFLA official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish – are welcome. Presenters of a poster will be expected to be present on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 August 2014 in order to explain their poster and to hand out any leaflets, or other information materials, they have available for viewers of their poster. Each presenter can therefore only present one poster. Any organization that submits more than one application should indicate a priority to their submissions. 


Conference participants interested in presenting a poster should complete the  online registration form.


It is important that applicants describe how they intend to illustrate the project in the poster format. The poster has to be an experience in itself for the one who looks at it – and should show awareness of the poster format.


Special consideration will be given to ensure that a variety of topics and geographical/cultural range will be represented.


The deadline is 03 February 2014, after the deadline applications will no longer be accepted. A jury comprised of 2 members of the IFLA Professional Committee will review all submissions and at the congress they will select the winner of the Best IFLA Poster 2014 based on the following criteria:


Does the topic of the poster-

  • Look interesting and/or inspiring;
  • Look lively;
  • Lend itself to a poster session; is not too abstract;
  • Present new ideas or present an application of technology;
  • Appear to be clearly explained;
  • Not duplicate another poster, nor have the same presenter as another poster (a presenter must be present during the poster session to explain the poster to viewers).
  • Have a relationship to the theme of the WLIC. 
  • Have a clear library relevance or perspective
  • Describe a project that is ongoing or near completion, not one that is yet to start.

For complete and up-to-date information concerning Poster Sessions, please see the Call for Posters webpage on the IFLA WLIC 2014 conference website


If you have any further questions, please contact

“How do we fit in the global knowledge environment? Researching the library’s role”

Call for Papers

The IFLA Library Theory and Research Section is pleased to invite submissions for its forthcoming Satellite meeting in Singapore.


14 – 15 of August 2013


University of Illinois
Advanced Digital Science Center

1 Fusionopolis Way, #20-10 Connexis North Tower
Singapore 138632


All proposals must be submitted by midnight GMT on January 10th, 2012.

Please submit your proposals with the following elements to:

Heidi Kristin Olsen
Spesialbibliotekar / Senior Librarian
H�gskolen i Vestfold / Vestfold University College

The proposal must include the following.

  • Title of Proposed Presentation
  • Outline of proposed presentation – 300 words maximum
  • Name(s) of presenters with employer or affiliated institution, plus full contact information (phone and email)
  • Short biographical statements regarding the presenter(s) (300 words maximum per presenter)
  • The satellite themes the proposal addresses
  • The type of session proposed
    • Full paper to be published in the Satellite Meeting proceedings
    • Research report
    • Other: _________________________________________________________

Please note

All expenses, including $100 USD registration for the satellite conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.


News for the future: Dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving

News for the future: Dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving

Open session at IFLA WLIC 2013, August 17-23, 2013, Singapore

Sponsored by the IFLA Newspapers Section

Papers wanted!   Please consider submitting a short proposal to present during the Newspapers Section open session at WLIC 2013 (  Attendees at past open sessions have included librarians, archivists, digital curation specialists, publishers, researchers, historians, genealogists, and technologists.  This open session gives you a unique opportunity to reach a world-wide audience of news, library, and technology professionals.

Session theme:  The WLIC conference theme “Future Libraries, Infinite Possibilities” and the Newspapers Section open session theme “News for the future: Dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving” highlights the consequences of digital technology in news creation, production, and dissemination as well as on the post-dissemination fate of news such as preservation of digital and hard assets, collection management, storage of physical and digital content, access and use of digital and physical news collections, and similar fates.

Subordinate themes include

  • Production of electronic news media
  • New business models for news preservation
  • Collaborative news production and preservation
  • Collecting digital media including e-delivery, web-harvesting, legal deposit
  • News metadata capture and enrichment including news industry standards such as NITF, NewsML, hNews, etc as well as traditional library standards such as METS, MODS, ALTO, PREMIS, MIX, etc
  • Digitisation of historical news and newspapers
  • Presentation of and access to digital news collections including crowdsourcing
  • Collaboration of libraries, archives, and museums in the preservation of news

Other topics will be considered, too.

Please note:  Papers for the conference should be written and presented in English.  Proposals should be no more than 300 words in length and must be submitted to Mona L�k�s (, Mazelan Anuar (, and Sue Kellerman ( of the Newspapers Section on or before January 31, 2013.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 4, 2013. The full paper and accompanying presentation slides must be completed and submitted to IFLA before June 2013.  The papers must be original submissions and not published elsewhere.

At least one author is expected to attend WLIC 2013 to present the paper. 

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the authors.  No financial support can be provided by IFLA, however, a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Please disseminate and share this information with all colleagues who may be interested.  Looking forward to see all of you in Singapore!

Important dates

 31 Jan 2013 Abstracts due

4 Mar 2013 Acceptance notices sent to authors

30 Jun 2013 Completed papers and presentation submitted.

Questions?  Please contact Mona L�k�s ( Anuar (, or Sue Kellerman (

Newspapers to the People

IFLA Newspapers/ Genealogy and Local History (GENLOC) Sections

Pre-conference Satellite Meeting

Singapore, 14th – 15th August 2013

Call for Papers

Newspapers to the People

We want your papers! Please submit a proposal to present!

The IFLA Newspapers/Genealogy and Local History (GENLOC) Sections are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a two-day Pre-conference Satellite Meeting to be held in Singapore from 14th – 15th August 2013.

This Pre-conference Satellite Meeting is jointly organised by the National Library of Singapore, the IFLA Newspapers Section, and the IFLA Genealogy and Local History Section.

We would like to invite you to submit a proposal relating to the title Newspapers to the People to present at this Pre-conference. The intention of this Satellite Meeting is to interest not only IFLA members, but also newspaper publishers, academics, researchers, local studies experts, historians.

 As well as distinguished keynote speakers, the Pre-Conference Satellite Meeting will include sponsor presentations and visits to the Malay Heritage Centre site and the Roots Revealed exhibition.

The main Pre-Conference theme:  Newspapers to the people

Sub-themes:  Papers chosen for presentation should address, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies of information institutions (libraries, archives, etc.) that foster community research into family history or local heritage
  • Case studies in the digitisation and preservation of cultural heritage
  • Latest initiatives and technologies in newspaper e-preservation and access
  • Reporting the news in the digital and social media age: trends and how these impact the information industry.
  • Social media and crowdsourcing vis-�-vis historical newspaper collections
  • Tracing family history or local heritage through newspaper archives
  • Issues of E-Legal Deposit: online news and newspapers

Other proposals relevant to the main Pre-Conference theme will also be considered.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Proposal abstracts should be submitted in English as an MS file.
  • Proposal abstracts for the IFLA Newspapers/GENLOC Pre-Conference Satellite Meeting must be submitted by 31st January 2013, must be in English and should clearly include:
    • Title of proposed presentation
    • Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 300 words)
    • Name(s) of presenter(s) plus position and/or title
    • Employer/affiliated institution
    • Contact information including  email address, telephone number
    • Short biographical statement of presenter(s)
    • Language of presentation
  • Proposal abstracts should be submitted to (yes to all 4!):
  • Selected presenters will be notified by 4th March 2013 
Accepted papers:
  • Complete accepted papers should be c.3000- 6000 words in length, be an original submission not published elsewhere
  • Complete accepted papers and accompanying presentation slides must be submitted by the end of June 2013
  • Final papers should be written in English
  • 25 minutes will be allowed for the delivery of the paper
  • The Sections will have the accepted papers translated into at least three languages and these papers will be made available on a Conference website

Please note that the Programme Committee regrets that it has no funding to assist prospective authors and the submission of an abstract must be on the understanding that the costs of attending the Pre-conference, including registration, travel, accommodation and other expenses, are the responsibility of the presenters of the accepted papers, or their institutions. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

For more information on the IFLA Newspapers Section, please visit:

For more information on the IFLA GENLOC Section, please visit:

To discuss any matter relating to this Call for Papers, please contact:

Gene Tan:

Frederick Zarndt:

Elizabeth Melrose:

Please disseminate and share this information with all colleagues who may be interested.  Looking forward to see all of you in Singapore!

Important dates

 31 Jan 2013 Abstracts due

4 Mar 2013 Acceptance notices sent to authors

30 Jun 2013 Completed papers and presentation submitted.

‘Education for digital curation’

The IFLA Education and Training Section, Preservation and Conservation Section, and Information Technology Section have recently issued a call for papers to be presented at their Open Session at the World Library and Information Congress : 77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 13-18 August 2011, San Juan, Puerto Rico.


The theme of the Open Session, which is co-sponsored by the International Council on Archives Section for Archival Education and Training (ICA-SAE) is: ‘Education for digital curation’. Deadline for submissions is 28th February, 2011.


For further information and how to submit, see: