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Call for Papers

National Libraries Section
& Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM)

National libraries promoting open access to knowledge


Following an earlier call for papers, the National Libraries Section and the Committee on Copyright and Other Legal Matters have agreed to collaborate on the theme National libraries promoting open access to knowledge. Proposals for papers received to date do not need to be resubmitted.

A keynote paper on this topic will be delivered by Drs. J. S. M. (Bas) Savenije, Director General, National Library of the Netherlands. This is a call for additional papers that focus on issues and strategies rather than descriptions of existing or proposed services.

Papers addressing issues on the following topics are strongly encouraged:

  • The role of national libraries in developing national policies on open access
  • Responsibilities for managing and preserving research data, including datasets, and relationships with the academic sector
  • Copyright issues
  • Provision of open access infrastructure (repositories, standards etc.)
National libraries work with government agencies, universities and other research funding bodies in developing national open access strategies. They also work with and support university and research libraries in developing institutional repositories. In this context, national libraries are looking for new partnerships, new ideas and new approaches to promoting open access to knowledge. Proposals should address the topic in terms of leadership and collaboration in the digital age.

The deadline for submitting an abstract (maximum 400 words) for a proposed paper is 16 January 2010. The abstract should include the title of the paper; name, position and employer of the presenter(s); email address; and telephone/fax numbers.

This should be sent to:

Ms Jasmine Cameron
National Libraries Section Standing Committee
c/- National Library of Australia
Parkes Place ACT 2600
Email: jcameron@nla.gov.au


All proposals must be in before 16 January 2010.

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/presenters if that is required.

Last update: 18 January 2010