Call for Papers

Government Information and Official Publications Section
& Government Libraries Section

Information for Development Action: Governments, Civil Society and Libraries

The Government Information and Official Publications Section and Government Libraries Section invite proposals for papers to be presented at a two-hour session in the next IFLA General Conference on August 2013 in Singapore.

This joint session will focus on trends and patterns of information creation and dissemination in the fields of international economic development and poverty.  Speakers are invited to explore types of poverty and development information being produced, the tools used for its access and discovery, the relationships between international organizations, national governments, and civil society in creating and sharing this information, and the role of libraries in building collections and providing access to this information in an increasingly digital environment.  The program will appeal to librarians interested in global economic development, poverty alleviation, development assistance, and trends in official government information and civil society (NGO) publishing.

Subjects of interest may include but are not limited to:

  • Official government information and strategies for economic growth and poverty alleviation in the Asian region and beyond
  • Information sources on development and poverty assistance, impact evaluation, and statistical data
  • National government strategies and information sources for economic development
  • Poverty alleviation and development information from regional and international governmental organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Bank and regional development banks
  • Civil society (NGO) information sources on poverty relief, capacity building, and microfinance
  • The role of libraries in collecting, preserving, and providing access to this information

Submission requirements

All proposals should include the following:

Title of presentation
Abstract of no more than 500 words
Name, E-mail address, position (title) of presenter(s), plus a brief presenter(s) biography
Presenter(s) employed or affiliated institution

Please send your proposal for papers no later than 15 February 2013 to:

Satendra Dhaka


Jim Church


15 February 2013Deadline for submission of Abstract
15 March 2013Notification of acceptance/rejection of paper
10 May 2013Dearline for submission of full paper

The proposals will be evaluated by the refereeing team for the IFLA Government Information and Official Publications, and Government Libraries sections.  Papers for the conference should be written and presented in English.

Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

For additional questions or comments please write to:

Dr. S.S. Dhaka
Chair, IFLA Government Information and Official Publications Section
Director, Library & Information 
Ministry of External Affairs 
Patiala House, Annexe "B"
Tilak Marg, New Delhi-110001


Jim Church
Secretary/Treasurer, IFLA Government Information and Official Publications Section
Librarian for Economics, Development Studies and International Government Information
438 Doe Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, 94720
United States


All proposals must be in before 15 February 2013.

Please note

Pre-conference registration fees will be waived for the speakers. However, it is the speakers' responsibility to find funding for travel, accommodation and associated costs, which IFLA and its Sections are not in a position to fund.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Singapore National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 20 December 2012