World Library and Information Congress: 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
Singapore, 17-23 August 2013
Classification & Indexing Section Open Session
Theme: “Subject access: Infinite possibilities”

For the Classification & Indexing Section’s Open Session we invite presentations showing new, unique, or innovative ways of providing subject access to users from all types of libraries – approaches or applications that go beyond the traditional or the ordinary, being exemplars of “infinite possibilities”.
For example …

  • Are you developing or applying subject access tools that exceed expectations, facilitating infinite possibilities for your users’ needs?
  • Do you  provide subject access to resources through library architecture or shelving design that is unique, innovative, or seen as “cutting edge”?
  • Have you designed new or particularly creative tools for navigating subject repositories?
  • Do you use subject metadata  in novel or unexpected ways in recommendation or other subject access services?
  • Is there a connection between your subject access policies and learning environments that are creative, or encouraging of “thinking outside the box”?
  • Are you designing structured vocabularies for the linked data cloud that lead the way to infinite possibilities for subject access?
  • Do you offer innovative genre access for fiction, children’s literature, audiovisual media, or emerging digital objects?
  • Do you work in a library or other information institution with a unique social tagging success story?
  • Has your library or information institution devised strategic approaches to managing the vast landscape of subject access systems and tools that threaten to overwhelm users with infinite possibilities?

If so, then please consider submitting a short paper to present at our Open Session in Singapore.
We are particularly interested in presentations from Singaporean libraries or libraries of the Asian/Southeast Asian areas.


The deadline for submitting short papers is 22 February 2013.
Papers should be in English and no more than 2000 words in length. The submission should also include:

  • Abstract of approximately 150 words, summarizing the paper
  • Author’s name, professional affiliation, postal address, and email address.

Short papers and presentations should represent unpublished, original work.  Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee of members of the Standing Committee of the Classification and Indexing Section. Successful short papers will be identified by March 1, 2013, and authors notified shortly thereafter.

Short paper submissions should be sent to Lynne C. Howarth, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, at: [email protected]


Authors should be prepared to give presentations at the Classification and Indexing Section’s open session at the IFLA Conference, held between August 17-23, 2013.  The length of the presentations should be approximately 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions/discussion. The session will be conducted in English and all presentations will be required to be in English.
Successful short papers will be translated into the official languages of IFLA.  IFLA has first publication rights to papers selected.
Please note
All expenses, including registration for the 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.

Call for papers on the conference website