Call for Papers

Bibliography Section

What is a national bibliography today and what are its potential uses?

Program Theme and Focus

The IFLA Bibliography Section furthers universal bibliographic control by promoting standards and best practice in the production, content and dissemination of reference level bibliographic and authority metadata for national published output. The Section is particularly interested in the ways national bibliographic agencies respond to the various requirements for reference information, expressed by both researchers and professionals in the library, publishing and retail supply chains.

As "metadata production" is undertaken according to a wide set of international standards, national bibliographic agencies have long been considered trusted providers of bibliographic and authority data. This is a tremendous advantage in the age of the semantic Web, when it is so important to certify that information used is genuine.

A national bibliography, whether official or commercial, is seen both as a product, (e.g. printed or online), and as a set of services, (e.g. downloadable data files). However, with the implementation of new bibliographic data models, bibliographic and authority records might now be viewed as a jigsaw puzzle in which all individual elements might be considered "reference data" and could be circulated and re-used as such by search engines. This increasing granularity in the exposure of reference bibliographic information could also generate further new usage possibilities, both today and in the future.

Proposals for papers may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • What should be in a national bibliography in the digital age?
  • Is our common understanding of the terms "National Bibliography" and "National Bibliographic Agency" drastically changing?
  • Official and commercial national bibliographies and the new models of bibliographic information
  • Dissemination of national bibliography data and emerging needs arising from the semantic web
  • National bibliographies and authoritative data: how to provide trusted data in a national bibliography? (role of authority files, repositories, lists of codes, etc.)

Submission Guidelines

Three or four successful proposals will be identified.

Proposals for presentations should be in English and include:

  • Title of the paper;
  • Detailed abstract of the paper (no more than 500 words), if possible accompanied by some references such as URLs and bibliographies;
  • Speaker's name, address, telephone and fax numbers, professional affiliation, e-mail address, and a brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words.

E-mail proposals should be send, no later than February 1st, 2012 to:

Françoise Bourdon
Grazyna Jaroszewicz
E-mail: and
Miriam Nauri

Please indicate in the subject line "IFLA 2012 Helsinki proposal".

Successful proposals will be identified and presenters notified by March 1, 2012. Papers will be required for approval by the Chair and Secretary of the Bibliography Section no later than April 30, 2012.

Presenters will have 20 minutes at the program in Helsinki to deliver their presentation, followed by time for questions and discussion.

Final Papers

Presenters will be expected to submit the final version of their paper (no longer than 10 pages, in Microsoft Word, including a short abstract) by April 30, 2012 (this gives time to remind people and review, as the full papers must be at IFLA HQ by June 1st, 2012).

Important dates

  • 1 February 2012: Deadline for submission of proposals
  • 1 March 2012: Notification of acceptance
  • 30 April 2012: Deadline for submission of he final version of the paper

More Information

For additional information on this call for papers you may contact Françoise Bourdon or Grazyna Jaroszewicz or Miriam Nauri.


All proposals must be in before 1 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: 13 January 2012