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Call for Papers

IFLA-CDNL Alliance for Digital Strategies (ICADS)
& Information Technology Section

Development of systems for long-term storage and preservation of library collections

Libraries are dealing with growing quantities of digital content that need to be processed, stored, preserved and delivered. Large-scale repository systems are needed to perform these services. These systems will offer libraries the capability of managing their collections and keep them accessible for the long-term.

Digital preservation has moved from a research topic, delivering knowledge reports and prototypes, to becoming an integral part of library systems. Well, at least to some extent... Even though some long-term archiving systems have been operational for years and others are being implemented, approaches towards architecture, interfaces, data modelling and workflow implementation have not reached the mature stage of common understanding and acceptance. At the same time, the number of available archiving systems that fulfil the libraries' requirements is growing, but still very limited.

ICADS and the IFLA IT Section are organising a session at the 76th World Library and Information Congress in Goteborg with the title:  'Development of systems for long-term storage and preservation of library collections'. The ICADS/IT session is intending to offer a platform for the sharing of information on current developments, architectural approaches and possible solutions to the challenges of long-term management of large scale, heterogeneous collections.

This is a call for papers to address the above mentioned topics, i.e.:

  • Practical implementation of mass digital preservation strategies
  • Examples of integration of large-scale trusted digital repository systems with collection management and related library services
  • Defining requirements and the process of procurement for new integrated digital archiving systems or core components of them
  • Migration to new repository systems infrastructures and its implication in the digital collection management
  • Examples of interoperability between DP-solutions
  • Examples of cooperation in ressource sharing in DP

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is 19 February 2010. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by 12 March 2010 whether they have been successful. The full paper is due on 15 May 2010 and must be an original submission not published elsewhere. Papers should be up to 4000 words.  20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference. 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.

All submissions should be sent to Mandy Stewart

For more information you can also contact Hilde van Wijngaarden


All proposals must be in before 19 February 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: 16 February 2010