Call for Papers

Newspapers Section
& Genealogy and Local History Section

The electronic re-evolution*: news media in the digital age - digital newspapers for local history and family history

Please consider submitting a short proposal to present at a joint session sponsored by the IFLA Newspapers Section and the Genealogy and Local History Section:

A three-hour open session with an emphasis on digitized newspapers, portals, and their significance for local history or genealogy.

Theme and Objectives

The expected audience will likely include librarians, archivist, digital curation specialists, publishers, researchers and historians. Both conferences will deal with the impact of the electronic re-evolution on the newspaper field at large including e-delivery, user participation, digital environment, and copyright issues. We will also look at the impact on (digital) preservation solutions, collection management, and physical storage.

Papers should be written and presented in English. Abstracts (1200-1500 characters in length) need to be submitted before January 19, 2012 to both:

L. Suzanne Kellerman
Newspapers Section


Elizabeth Melrose
Genealogy and Local History Section

Authors of successful paper proposals will be notified of their acceptance by end of January 2012. The sections will translate the papers into at least three languages. The full paper and/or accompanying presentation slides must be completed and submitted to IFLA before May 2012. The public presentation will be 20 minutes in length.


We are particularly interested in presentations on the following topics although other topics will also be considered:

  • Digitisation: user participation (crowdsourcing); copyright issues
  • Digitized newspapers as resources for genealogists and historical research
  • Collecting digital media: e-delivery, web-harvesting, legal deposit and use, metadata capture and enrichment
  • Presentation of digital resources: collaboration of libraries, archives and museums; portals

Note that abstracts submitted but not accepted for the Mikkeli satellite conference will be automatically considered for the joint session in Helsinki. If you have submitted an abstract for the satellite conference but do not want it to be considered for the Helsinki conference, please notify L. Suzanne Kellerman by e-mail:

*evolution (noun): a directional change especially one leading to a more advanced or complex form.
*re- (prefix): to occur again, to happen again.


All proposals must be in before 19 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.

Authors/presenters are expected to attend the Conference and to present their papers in person.

Papers must be original submissions and not published elsewhere.

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