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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

UNIMARC Core Activity

Theme: "UNIMARC and the future of catalogues"

The IFLA UNIMARC Core Activity invites proposals for papers and presentations for its open session in the World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Milan, 23-27 August 2009.

In a time of many ongoing changes in the way library catalogues and their underlying standards are being rethought, it is important to elicit ideas and discussion, as well as the sharing of experiences on making the most of UNIMARC data and envisage the way forward to its evolution. The session will focus on topics of interest for improving bibliographic online services that have impact on the current use and future requirements of UNIMARC data structures, and data mining and management.

Contributions are invited that provide reflections or experiences on topics such as:

  • UNIMARC bibliographic and FRBR
  • UNIMARC authorities and FRAD
  • UNIMARC and the emerging new cataloguing codes
  • Implementations of UNIMARC in Open Source software
  • Reports on successful catalogue building using records downloaded from different sources, commercial and public domain
  • Features and functionalities required by UNIMARC professional users


The deadline for submitting proposals is 27 February 2009.

How to submit – Send your proposal by email: an abstract (minimum 300 words) in English, complemented by short biographical information and contacts of the author(s) to:

Maria InÍs Cordeiro
Director, IFLA UNIMARC Core Activity

Paper selection – abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Permanent UNIMARC Committee. Selected proposals will be notified by 12 March 2009.

Full papers – will be due by 24 April 2009 to allow time for editing and translations.

Paper Presentation

Between 20-30 minutes will be allowed for paper delivery in the session.

Travel and Attendance Costs

Please note that all expenses of attending the IFLA conference (including travel, other expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.