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World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

"Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage"

23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy

Spanish translation

Call for Papers

Information Technology Section

Theme: "New repositories: architectures interoperability and data exchange"

The IFLA annual congress provides an opportunity to present library research and outcomes in Information Technology and Innovation in a multi-disciplinary international forum. The IFLA Information Technology Section invites technologists, librarians and other interested parties working in the field of digital library infrastructure to submit proposals for papers in a 2-hour session in Milan, Italy.

The Topic

This theme will cover issues of (technical / data driven) interoperability for all types of libraries when dealing with the massing up of digital repositories in a manner that supports open services, including the convergence with archiving solutions and new challenges for digital libraries from the point of view of services versus user impact. In keeping with the theme of the 75th World Library and Information Congress, "Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage”, we invite papers that showcase:

  • Successful models of interoperability between different types of digital archives and repositories.
  • Various experiences in data exchange between multimedia archives.
  • New services based on successful interoperability solutions, as distributed systems and federated access to digital archives/repositories.
  • Development of open APIs and open source solutions which helps to facilitate advanced services based on metadata from various type s of collections and organisations.
  • Case studies in open source application deployment (eg. Library Management Systems) that enhances digital archive interoperability between a diverse range of libraries.


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed, abstract (500 words) and full author details is 15 January 2008. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by mid-February 2009 at the latest whether they have been successful.
  2. All submissions should be sent to:

       Alenka Kavcic-Colic
       Secretary of the Information Technology Section
       E-mail: alenka.kavcic@nuk.uni-lj.si

  3. The full paper is due on 31 May 2009 and must be an original submission not published elsewhere.
  4. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail; fax or post should be used only as a last resort.
  5. Papers should be of up to 4000 words.
  6. Papers should be in English with an abstract, and the presenter must be fluent in English.
  7. 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference.
  8. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a summary curriculum vitae with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.

Invited are the following types of contributions: papers, research studies and reports on practices and advances that will be presented at the conference and included on the conference Web site.

The abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Information Technology Section's Standing Committee.

15-20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper during the Section's open programme in Milano.

Selected papers can be nominated by the committee for inclusion in the IFLA Congress Journal. Some papers not selected for the IT Session may be selected for publishing in ITS Newsletter.

Travel & Attendance Costs

Please note that the expenses of attending the Milano conference (including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers, and at least one of the presenters/authors must be present for the program.

Reinhard Altenhöner
Chair: Information Technology Standing Committee
E-mail: R.Altenhoener@d-nb.de