Call for Papers

Bibliography Section
& IFLA-CDNL Alliance for Digital Strategies (ICADS)
& Information Technology Section
& National Libraries Section
& Knowledge Management Section

e‐Legal Deposit: from legislation to implementation; from ingest to access


The Bibliography, Information Technology, National Libraries and Knowledge Management sections together with ICADS are seeking proposals for papers on the topic of e‐legal deposit. Many national libraries have implemented legislation or agreements requiring publishers to deposit electronic publications and others are seeking to develop and implement e‐legal deposit legislation. Legislation and implementation differs from country to country and national libraries continue to face significant issues around collecting, preserving, providing bibliographic control and providing public access to digital deposit materials. We see different models emerging depending on specific legislation, or deposit agreements in the absence of official deposit laws, and whether or not online publications (e‐journals) and websites are included in new deposit rules.

It is proposed to hold 2 X 2 hour sessions, with one session concentrating on policies and issues surrounding the development and implementation of legislation or regulations for e‐legal deposit and the other on policy and issues relating to the management, bibliographic control, preservation and provision of access to e‐legal deposit materials.

The Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) discussed e‐legal deposit and the results of survey on this topic conducted by The British Library in 2009, at their meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden in August 2010. CDNL agreed to develop a manifesto establishing principles for e‐legal deposit.
Areas of interest for papers include, but need not be restricted to, the following:

  • Strategies for advocacy on e‐legal deposit
  • Lessons learned from development and implementation of legislation
  • Scope of e‐legal deposit
  • Access: onsite only versus remote access
  • Managing e‐legal deposit; preservation, workflow and technical issues
  • Bibliographies for e‐legal deposit material

(Please note: with e‐legal deposit we also refer to digital deposit that is not regulated by official legislation.)

Submission Guidelines

Proposals for papers should be no more than one page in length. Proposals should be based on a 20 minute presentation. The following information is also required:

  • Name, title and institution of speaker(s)
  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Address and email address of speaker(s)
  • Brief biographical statement about each speaker
  • Language of presentation
  • Contact person for response to proposal

Proposals should be sent to Alenka Kavcic‐Colic, alenka.kavcic@nuk.uni‐, Information Technology Section, by 25 February 2011.

For more information, you can also contact the session organisers:
Anke Meyer, A.Meyer@d‐, Bibliography Section
Mandy Stewart,, ICADS
Jasmine Cameron,, National Libraries Section
Sally McCallum,, Knowledge Management Section
Hilde van Wijngaarden,, Information Technology Section

The contact person for each proposal will be informed by the end of February 2011 whether or not their proposal has been successful. Papers, which must be in one of the official languages of IFLA, will be required by 15 May, 2011.


All proposals must be in before 25 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.  Every paper will have to be presented in person by one of the authors at the WLIC in Puerto Rico.

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