Call for Papers

Classification and Indexing Section

Beyond libraries – subject metadata in the digital environment and semantic web


17-18 August 2012


National Library of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

The conference will explore the role of different kinds of subject metadata in the digital environment and the semantic web, in libraries and beyond libraries. The digital environment creates new opportunities and new challenges for subject access. How could we take advantage of the new opportunities and how can we handle the challenges?

Possible topics include

  • Use of library subject metadata by other communities
  • Cooperation of libraries with other partners (museums, archives, publishers etc.) in creation and reuse of subject metadata and knowledge organisation systems (KOS)
  • Traditional and new methods of providing subject access: competition or co-existence?
  • Users, their needs and subject access behaviour in the digital environment
  • Users as creators of subject metadata

Preliminary programme
17 August Afternoon session
18 August Full day session

Important dates

15 March: Deadline for submitting papers
March: Registration opens
15 April: Notifications of acceptance
15 May: Early registration discount ends


The extended deadline for submitting papers is 15 March 2012.

Papers should be in English and no more than 3000 words in length, and submitted ready to publish. The submission should also include:

  • Abstract of approximately 150 words, summarising the paper.
  • Speaker's name, professional affiliation, postal address, email address and brief biographical note.

Authors should be prepared to give presentations at the Satellite meeting. The length of the presentations should be approximately 20 minutes. The conference will be conducted in English and all presentations will be required to be in English.

Papers and presentations should be unpublished, original works. IFLA has first publication rights to papers selected.

Papers will be reviewed by the Programme committee of the Classification and Indexing Section Standing Committee. Authors will be notified on the acceptance of their papers before 15 April 2012.

The papers should be sent to:

Magdalena Svanberg
National Library of Sweden
E-mail: [email protected]

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the conference site.


All proposals must be in before 15 March 2012.

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 Finnish National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 10 February 2012