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Call for Papers

Newspapers Section

Past publishing and future digital developments for news and newspapers

For its programme at the 2010 Gothenburg Congress, IFLA's Newspaper Section invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation pertaining to the above themes. In the Section's two hour programme, we aim to have four or five presentations. The audience will include librarians from who have responsibility for newspaper collections in national and public libraries as well as archives which include newspapers.

The Newspapers Section is particularly interested in presentations on the following topics:

  • the formation and the state of historical and born-digital newspapers collections especially in Scandinavia
  • actual or planned newspaper digitisation projects especially Scandinavian projects
  • newspaper and news web harvesting and archiving
  • current or planned partnerships and relationships with newspaper publishers, news services, news aggregators, and online re-distributors (Google, Yahoo, ...)
  • use of standards for preservation and access to news and newspapers content
  • preservation and access for the originals, microfilms, digitized volumes and web news: how libraries and archives manage the balancing act between old and new media

Those interested in contributing to this program session should not be limited by these topics. Any proposal which addresses the broad themes of this session is of interest and will be considered.

Proposals should be no more than one page in length and should include an abstract of the final paper. Please provide:

  • Title of the proposed presentation
  • Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page)
  • Name(s) of the presenter(s)
  • Position or title of the presenter(s)
  • Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution
  • Address and email address
  • Short biographical statement for each of the presenter(s)

Proposals can be written in any of the official IFLA languages, but please, provide abstract in English too! Proposals must be sent electronically no later than January 31, 2010 to

Frederick Zarndt, Chair IFLA Newspapers Section

- or -

Pär Nilsson, Secretary IFLA Newspapers Section


All proposals must be submitted before 31 January 2010. Selected presenters will be notified by February 28, 2010. Presenters will be expected to submit final versions of their papers by May 1, 2010.

The language of the session is English. It is preferred that papers be submitted and presented in English; they can however be written and presented in any of the official IFLA languages. Presenters are encouraged to provide their Powerpoint presentations in English regardless of the language for the presentation. Presenters will have 15 minutes to deliver summaries of their papers; following presentation of the paper approximately 5 minutes will be allowed for an open forum to allow audience interaction.


All proposals must be in before 31 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.  Some national professional associations may be able to help fund certain expenses, and a small number of grants for conference attendance may be available especially for authors from developing countries.

Last update: 20 January 2010