The IFLA Information Technology Section is seeking proposals for lightning round presentations at its Open Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Theme: Digital Technologies and Sustainability: Say Your Piece in 7+3

Libraries play an important role in promoting sustainability through the use of digital technologies. It can be used to support the sustainable development of libraries by reducing their environmental impact, providing equitable access to information, and improving the efficiency of library operations to better serve their communities.

This session is to highlight sustainability issues and impacts from a digital technology perspective. We want to hear about any aspect of your digital technology development that supports the role of libraries in building a sustainable future through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We invite proposals for presentations, and topics include but not limited to:

  • Sustainable technology infrastructure and equipment & digital carbon footprint
  • Information security, cyber security, risk management
  • Long term sustainable funding strategies
  • Accessibility, open access
  • Digitization, storage, preservation
  • Sharing resources and technology – open source, open standards
  • Crowd-sourcing and open metadata

The format for the session is lightning round presentations, capped at 7 minutes each, and allowed to have PowerPoint slides, maximum. The introduction slide will be prepared by the organizer and not counted in the 3 slides. We will have a total of 7 presentations in an hour session with time for Q&A at the end.

Proposals must include:

  • Name, title, institution, country, and email of speaker(s)
  • Brief biographical statement about each speaker (max 100 words)
  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Abstract of presentation (max 300 words)
  • Language of presentation

Proposals should be submitted to both:

Dr Edmund Balnaves
Chair, Information Technology Section
[email protected]


May Chang
Mentor, Information Technology Section
[email protected]

All proposals and presentation slides will be required to be in English. Please refer to the Guidelines for Presenters for details.

Important dates:

  • 30 April, 2023 – Deadline for submission of proposal abstract
  • 15 May, 2023  – Notification of acceptance
  • 15 July, 2023  – Deadline for submission of presentation slides
  • 21-25 August, 2023 – WLIC