Genealogy and Local History Section (GENLOC) joint with Asia and Oceania Section and Rare Books and Special Collections Section invite proposals for papers to be presented at the joint open session during 24 – 30 August 2018, IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

Theme: “Genealogy and Local History Collection Development – Challenges and Opportunities”

The session welcomes papers that discuss topics, but not limited to:

  • Acquisition of genealogy and local history, related policies, and requirements of authorities;
  • Hurdles or problems of collecting genealogy materials and related technical services;
  • Models of information services in terms providing genealogy and local history collections.

The session encourage evidence-based practice and invite presentations and analysis of projects which can be of practical value to others. Submissions in other formats than academic papers (such as reports and essays) are welcome. 

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed summary (up to 250 words) and full author details 28 March 2018. 

Proposals should be submitted clicking to the following web address

If this web site is unavailable, please contact Section Chair

Chihfeng P. Lin 
Email: [email protected]

or  Bozena Rasmussen
Email: [email protected]


28 March 2018: 
Deadline for submitting proposals for papers. The proposals will be reviewed by representatives of the two sections.

7 April 2018: 
Presenters will be notified whether they have been successful.

15 June 2017: 
Deadline for submission of the full paper.

The paper should be an original submission not published elsewhere.

The full papers will be published in the IFLA Library. We encourage authors to submit their papers to relevant professional journals after the conference.

The session will be conducted in English. The actual papers may be written in English, Spanish, French or Russian. The proposals (abstracts), the oral presentations and the following discussions should be in English, however the author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the proposal. Both summaries and full papers should be submitted online. Papers should not be longer than 5000 words (about 20 pages double-spaced)


Chihfeng P. Lin
Email: [email protected]


Bozena Rasmussen
Email:[email protected]


All proposals must be received by 28 March 2018.