Call for Papers

Cataloguing Section

Cataloguing: Breaking barriers


The IFLA Cataloguing Section (IFLA CATS) invites cataloguers and others to express their interest in making presentations at the section's programme during the World Library and Information Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 13-18 August 2011.

2011 will be an exciting year in the area of cataloguing and bibliographic control. The new cataloguing code, RDA: Resource Description and Access, replacing the AACR 2, will by then have been tested and evaluated.  The development of an RDF/XML representation of ISBD will be completed.   All over the world the issues of metadata and their relevance for the semantic web are becoming more and more important.

The Standing Committee of the Cataloguing Section has therefore decided to dedicate its open session of 2011 to the subject of how cataloguing is breaking barriers. Through well-defined cataloguing rules we open up the information world via the semantic web to everyone and break barriers!

Presentations on the theme  “Cataloguing: Breaking barriers” are requested. Four successful proposals on the topic will be identified.

Send a detailed abstract (1 page or at least 300 words) of the proposed paper (must not have been published elsewhere) and relevant biographical information of author(s) / presenter(s) by 31 January 2011 via email to:

Anders Cato
Chair, Cataloguing Section

The abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Cataloguing Section's Standing Committee. Successful proposals will be identified by 1 March 2011.

Full papers will be due by 1 May 2011 to allow time for review of papers and preparation of translations; papers should be no longer than 20 pages. 15-20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper during the Cataloguing Section's programme.


All proposals must be in before 31 January 2011.

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.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Puerto Rico National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Please check our Conference Participation Grants webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Last update: 24 January 2011