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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 for Satellite Meeting

Newspapers Section and the National Library of Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden
19-20 August 2009

Theme: "The Present becomes the past: harvesting, archiving, presenting today’s digitally produced newspapers"

The IFLA Newspapers Section in collaboration with the National Library of Sweden are organizing a pre-conference and satellite meeting.

Theme and Objectives

This conference aims at not only sharing of collective knowledge about how libraries can tackle these challenges but also to open up opportunities for libraries, librarians and associated publishing industry players to interact with one another and work out suitable partnerships that will help to improve the provision of newspaper services at libraries.

The expected audience is:

  • Library administrators, librarians, information specialists/managers in the public, national or academic libraries who are working or interested in these aspects of newspaper librarianship.
  • Service providers who are interested in new projects/initiatives and approaches in newspaper librarianship.
  • Vendors who supply software to publishers
  • Newspaper publishers
  • Archivists dealing with sound and moving images

Topics for papers

You are invited to submit a short proposal for a presentation on the conference theme.

There will be 2 tracks of presentations that highlight a particular aspect or issue related to the creation and future digital storage of newspapers:

The current situation of born digital production:

  1. How to preserve the daily/ weekly output
  2. Technical issues of preservation
  3. Metadata: consistency; organisation; levels of existing organisation
  4. The publisher perspective and needs
  5. The software suppliers perspectives and needs from libraries
  6. Harmonisation of metadata for older digitised newspapers and born digital newspapers

    Newspapers on the Web:

  7. Harvesting non-print newspapers
  8. What “edition” to harvest
  9. Storage of digital files
  10. Cataloguing of harvested newspapers as digital object


Interested persons are invited to submit a proposal of no more than 1000 words for a paper and presentation of about 25 minutes on the topics listed above before 31 January 2009. Please include full contact details and a short biography for all co-authors. The reviewing process will be finalised beginning of 2009. All submitters will be informed by email of the results of this review immediately. Please submit your paper to:

Ed King
E-mail: ed.king@bl.uk

Pär Nilsson
E-Mail: par.nilsson@kb.se

Accepted languages

It is intended to have the papers in English . Facilities will be available for speakers to use powerpoint slides, in preference to reading their papers.

Attendance costs

Presenters and those attending the conference are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs and for payment of pre-conference fees.

Important Dates

  • Proposal submission: before 31 January 2009
  • Notification of acceptance: by 31 February 2009
  • Deadline for full text of the presentation: 15 April 2009


The Conference Co-convenors will be happy to hear, and will respond to, questions or comments about this conference. Please direct questions to either or both.

IFLA Newspapers Section

Secretary of Section:
Edmund King
Head, BL Newspaper Collections
The British Library
Colindale Avenue
United Kingdom
Tel. +(44)(20)74127362
Fax +(44)(20)74127386
E-mail: ed.king@bl.uk

Royal Library Sweden

Pär Nilsson
Senior Librarian - Newspapers and Ephemera Division
National Library of Sweden
P.O. Box 5039
Tel. +(46)(8)4634000
Fax +(46)(8)4634004
E-mail: par.nilsson@kb.se