Call for Papers

Bibliography Section
& Cataloguing Section

Bibliography in the digital age


9 August 2012


Biblioteka Narodowa, Warsaw, Poland

Conference Theme and Focus

IFLA Bibliography Section and IFLA Cataloguing Section invite proposals for papers to be presented at a joint satellite meeting prior to the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2012.

IFLA Bibliography Section endorsed in 2009 the publication National Bibliographies in the Digital Age: Guidance and New Directions. (IFLA Series on Bibliographic Control; 39)

The publication was presented as follow: "The changes brought about by the World Wide Web and the explosion of electronic media have called into question many of the assumptions on which national bibliographies have been founded. The need was growing of a route map to navigate through uncharted territories. After a preparation period of several years, IFLA's Bibliography Section endorsed this large set of guidelines. They seek to help national bibliographic agencies improve their bibliographic services."

The satellite meeting should be seen as a continuation of this publication and the purpose is to get status, inspiration and update on how to deal with e-resources in national bibliographies, when the mission is to serve as an important information resource for selection, acquisition, cataloguing and verification in libraries and for the general public as well as a means for scientific research and publication statistics.

Which selection criteria are/could be used? Which metadata are/should be produced and how? Are the standards used for producing metadata applicable for this area? How can we reduce the costs of our efforts?

The proposals shall either reflect some of the issues in the publication or present best practices including explanations about their origins and reasons for adoption.

Areas of interest include subjects referring to the chapters of the publication:

  • Value of national bibliographies: Use and users (both humans and machines)
  • Selection principles (scope of the national bibliography, electronic resources and "traditional" resources)
  • Cataloguing (Which metadata are to be provided? From which sources? How does that correspond with integration and sharing metadata with other interested parties? What about cataloguing rules when metadata are produced outside libraries?)
  • Functionality and interface (The consequenses of linked and linked open data - what is a record produced by the national bibliography?)
  • Organisation and management of national bibliographies (for example connections with e-legal deposit)
  • Cooperation with publishers: Integration and sharing of metadata for e-resources

Be aware that the question about how to define a bibliography today is a topic of the open programme of the Bibliography Sections on IFLA in Helsinki, so please don't focus on that aspect at the satellite meeting.

Submission Guidelines

Send a detailed abstract in English (1 page or at least 300 words) of the proposed paper and relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s) by 31 January 2012 via email to:

Hanne Hørl Hansen
Chair, Cataloguing Section

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.

The abstracts will be reviewed by the Programme committee of the Bibliography Section Standing Committee and the Cataloguing Section Standing Committee. Successful proposals will be identified by 1 March 2012 and authors notified.

Full papers will be due by 1 May 2012. Papers should be no longer than 20 pages. 30 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery during the meeting. Please note: All expenses (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.


All proposals must be in before 31 January 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: 13 January 2012