Call for Papers

Indigenous Matters Special Interest Group
& Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section

Empowering Library Services for Indigenous People

IFLA's Special Interest Group (SIG) on Indigenous Matters invites colleagues to submit paper/presentation proposal abstracts for an open session scheduled for Tuesday, 14 August 2012, 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. We are organizing this session in cooperation with the IFLA Section on Library Services to Multicultural Populations.

The session will illustrate how librarians can develop and deliver innovative library services for indigenous peoples that respect their cultures while advancing the key values of librarianship. Papers can cover a range of topics including, but not limited to, how libraries:

  1. Provide Access to Indigenous Content;
  2. Serve Indigenous Patrons;
  3. Prepare Librarians for Serving Indigenous Communities;
  4. Support Indigenous Language Preservation.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Your proposal should include the following details in English in an MSWord file:

  1. The title of your paper/presentation;
  2. An abstract of 150 - 250 words that summarizes your paper/presentation;
  3. Author details: Name of speaker(s), institution(s), position title(s), biographical statement(s) (50 words or fewer), and email address of primary presenter.

Please submit your proposal information electronically to:

Sandy Littletree at
Please indicate "IFLA SIG PANEL PROPOSAL" in the subject line of your email.

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel of IFLA SIG on Indigenous Matters members. Three proposals will be selected. The language of the program session is English but presenters may give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages, although simultaneous translation is not guaranteed. Please provide text on PowerPoint slides in English.

Presentations should take no more than 15 minutes to deliver, leaving time for audience questions at the end of all three presentations. Presenters are asked to only deliver summaries of their papers.

Presenters are responsible for their expenses to participate on this panel including their travel, accommodations, and conference registration. Unfortunately, the IFLA SIG is unable to provide financial support for speakers. At least one author is expected to attend the conference to deliver the paper in person. Papers not presented will not be included on the websites or in the proceedings. The IFLA SIG can provide letters of invitation for presenters upon request.


29 February 2012 Submission of Abstracts
15 March 2012 Notification of acceptance
1 May 2012 Full text of presentations due

Papers can be 3 to 20 pages (750-5000 words) long. Final papers can be submitted in one of the official IFLA working languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish) as long as an accompanying English translation is attached.

Papers will be uploaded on the IFLA and IFLA SIG on Indigenous Matters websites and provided on the CD-ROM of the conference proceedings. In lieu of papers, presenters may submit PowerPoint slides. If this option is chosen, then the set of PowerPoint slides must be accompanied by a substantial abstract that includes relevant citations provided as a bibliography.


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Loriene Roy, Convener, IFLA Special Interest Group on Indigenous Matters


All proposals must be in before 29 February 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