Call for Papers

Cataloguing Section

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The IFLA Cataloguing Section (IFLA CATS) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Helsinki, Finland, August 11-17 2012.

In the 2012 open session the Cataloguing Committee wants to examine how well our rules and standards support an information infrastructure that fits user needs. Could they even inspire new ways of using the data?

Proposals from all kind of users - from end users to professionals and researchers in cataloguing, cognitive science, persuasive technology, user behavior, interface design etc.– are welcome.

Areas of interest include

  • Do cataloguing rules support user needs?
  • Integration of metadata from different sources (avoiding silos)
  • OPAC integration with other discovery tools
  • User centered design
  • Learning from search engines e.g. relevance ranking, spell check,sorting, faceting, stemming …
  • User studies
  • User behavior vs FRBR user tasks

Four successful proposals on the topic will be identified.

Submission Guidelines

Send a detailed abstract (1 page or at least 300 words) of the proposed paper (must not have been published elsewhere) and relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s) by 31 January 2012 via email to:

Hanne Hørl Hansen
Chair, Cataloguing Section

The abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Cataloguing Section's Standing Committee. Successful proposals will be identified by 1 March 2012.

Full papers will be due by 1 May 2012 to allow time for review of papers and preparation of translations; papers should be no longer than 20 pages. 15-20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper during the Cataloguing Section's programme.

Important dates

  • 31 January 2012: Deadline for submission of proposals
  • 1 March 2012: Proposals will be identified
  • 1 May 2012: Deadline for submission of full paper


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