Call for Papers

Audiovisual and Multimedia Section
& Law Libraries Section

Copyright law and legal deposit for audiovisual materials

This session focuses on copyright law and the legal deposit for audiovisual materials with limitations and exceptions for libraries and documentation centers. Copyright exceptions enable libraries and documentation centers to collect, preserve & conserve and give access to its collections. Copyright laws have been established in many countries in the print age and have not been updated to meet the new needs of the digital era.

There is a serious need of special laws and legal terms for this variety of media to increase and preserve accessibility, not only on the national level but also on an international one. The existing regulations are no longer sufficient to manage AVM collections and the digitization and access of these media.

Topics for this session can focus on any aspects

  • Legal Deposit of audiovisual materials and electronic resources
  • Evolution of copyright law from print to audiovisual materials
  • Audiovisual materials collections: management and development
  • Audiovisual materials operations: acquisitions with emphasis on access vs. ownership
  • Relations between copyright holders, libraries and users

Submission Guidelines

  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is 18 January 2012. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful before the end of February 2012.
  2. The full paper is due on 1st May 2012 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.
  3. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort.
  4. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Audiovisual and Multimedia Standing Committee.
  5. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced.
  6. Papers should be in English with an abstract, and the presenter (who need not be the author) must be fluent in English.
  7. 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read.
  8. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.

Please send your abstract by 18 January 2012 to:

Marwa El Sahn
Chair, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS)
May Yu
Secretary, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS)

Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.


All proposals must be in before 18 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