Call for Papers

Acquisition and Collection Development Section

Developing Collections in Hard Financial Times


All library types are affected by budget cuts and have to face the necessity of defining priorities, making difficult choices, using new solutions in order to actualize collection development policies which suit the needs of all categories of users. To pursue this aim, libraries must demonstrate imagination, using both confirmed and innovative concepts and methods. Among them:

  • proactive collaborative solutions (cooperative reference services, cooperative collection development, consortia,…);
  • balancing e-resources vs. print material;
  • discovering free resources, low cost options, alternative resources;
  • leasing vs. borrowing;
  • patron-driven acquisition models, etc.

Form of papers

(Extract from the Guidelines for Planning Congress Programmes issued by the IFLA Professional Committee):

“It may be impractical to require that every speaker prepares a formal paper, rather than PowerPoint slides. IFLA’s first preference remains papers, translated into IFLA’s official languages. If speakers cannot produce papers, however, they must prepare a substantial abstract, including references such as URLs and bibliographies, to accompany their presentation.”

Languages of papers can be one among the seven IFLA working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.
The programme is 2 hours. We are planning for 6 presentations that are 15 minutes each.

The deadline for submitting an abstract (maximum 250 words) for a proposed paper is 15 February 2011.
The abstract should include the title of the paper; your name and contact information. This should be sent by email to: Pascal Sanz:

Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of members of the Standing Committee of the Acquisition and Collection Development Section. Successful proposals will be identified by 1 March 2011.

The papers for accepted proposals will be due on 15 May 2011.

More Information

For more information. please visit the ACQUIS conference site.  For additional information on this call for papers you may contact Pascal Sanz at

Judith Mansfield (chair, IFLA Standing Committee of the ACD Section)


All proposals must be in before 15 February 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: 25 January 2011