Call for Papers: Satellite Meeting

Theme: Grey Literature

Sponsored by: IFLA Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section

Co-sponsored byIFLA National Libraries Section

Date: August 23, 2019 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Venue: National Library of Greece @ SNFCC(Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center), Athens, Greece Https://

Call for Proposals and Papers:

The Internet has dramatically altered how grey literature is defined. The importance, the availability, the access, and the types of grey literature have significantly increased since the days of keeping pamphlets and newspaper clippings in a vertical file. Deciding if a resource is commercially published or if it is grey literature has become more complex and requires judgement. Knowledge of a field of study is helpful in knowing where to find or to gain insight into grey literature. This satellite will address how libraries and others are meeting the challenges of grey literature. It will explore strategies for discovering and identifying grey literature; managing both the grey literature and its metadata; and ensuring the long term preservation of grey literature. 

Librarians, information professionals, researchers, editors, publishers and others are invited to submit paper proposals relating to the following topics:

Discovering and identifying grey literature within a particular field

Metadata for grey literature

Promoting and marketing grey literature

Institutional repositories and long-term preservation solutions

National libraries and grey literature

Data mining and grey literature

Research data and grey literature

Submissions and Selection Process

If you are interested in submitting a paper proposal, please provide the following in English:

●     Name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s)/presenter(s)

●     Proposed title of the paper

●     Proposed abstract of the paper (no more than 500 words)

●     Brief biographical information of all author(s)/presenter(s)

●     Contact information, including email, of all author(s)/presenter(s)

The deadline for proposal submission is March 1, 2019.Please email proposals in .PDF or .DOCX format to Meg Mering, Chair of the IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources, [email protected]

All proposals will be reviewed by members of the IFLA SOCRS and the National Library Section Satellite Conference Organizing Committee. Selection will be based on proposal content and fit to the conference theme. Proposal authors will be notified via email by April 1, 2019.

Authors should submit proposals only if they are able to attend the Satellite Conference. 

The deadline for final papers is June 1, 2019.Papers should be original work writtenin English, not published elsewhere, and should be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages using a standard 12-point font. Authors will be required to present their papers at the Satellite Conference. At least one author for each accepted paper must attend. This requirement ensures that the author(s) of the papers and attendees of the conference have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussion with colleagues about the presentations and other related topics, leading to a more robust professional experience.  Presentations should last about 15-20 minutes and time will be allotted afterwards for questions and discussion. Presentations should be engaging, interactive, and designed to elicit thoughtful discussion from the audience. Use of PowerPoint or other visual program is encouraged for the benefit of the entire audience. The official language of the Satellite Conference is English.

In accordance with IFLA's Open Access Statement, all papers presented at the Satellite Conference will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) license. Authors of accepted papers will need to sign IFLA's author form upon notification. Papers and presentations will be freely available online. 

Important Dates

●      March 1, 2019 Proposal submission deadline

●      April 1, 2019: Notification to submitters

●      June 1, 2019: Deadline for authors to submit completed papers


For questions about the Call for Papers, please contact Meg Mering, Chair of the IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources,[email protected]

Additional information about the IFLA Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section and the National Library Section can be found online via the Websiteor Facebook


All expenses are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA or the IFLA SOCRS and National Library Sections. 

Satellite Planning & Program Committee

Meg Mering, Chair, IFLA Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section

Theron Westervelt, Information Coordinator, IFLA Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section

Genevieve Clavel, Secretary, IFLA National Libraries Section

Sharon Dyas-Correia, University of Oxford, United Kingdom,

Christina McCawley, West Chester University, United States

Andrea Wirth, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States