Call for Papers

Newspapers Section

News for the future: dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving

Papers wanted!

Please consider submitting a short proposal to present during the Newspapers Section open session at WLIC 2013. Attendees at past open sessions have included librarians, archivists, digital curation specialists, publishers, researchers, historians, genealogists, and technologists. This open session gives you a unique opportunity to reach a world-wide audience of news, library, and technology professionals.

Theme & Sub-Themes

The WLIC conference theme "Future Libraries, Infinite Possibilities" and the Newspapers Section open session theme "News for the future: Dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving" highlights the consequences of digital technology in news creation, production, and dissemination as well as on the post-dissemination fate of news such as preservation of digital and hard assets, collection management, storage of physical and digital content, access and use of digital and physical news collections, and similar fates.

Subordinate themes include:

  • Production of electronic news media
  • New business models for news preservation
  • Collaborative news production and preservation
  • Collecting digital media including e-delivery, web-harvesting, legal deposit
  • News metadata capture and enrichment including news industry standards such as NITF, NewsML, hNews, etc as well as traditional library standards such as METS, MODS, ALTO, PREMIS, MIX, etc.
  • Digitisation of historical news and newspapers
  • Presentation of and access to digital news collections including crowdsourcing
  • Collaboration of libraries, archives, and museums in the preservation of news

Other topics will be considered, too.

Submission Guidelines

Papers for the conference should be written and presented in English.

Proposals should be no more than 300 words in length and must be submitted by January 31, 2013 the extended deadline 28 February 2013 to:

Mona Løkås
Mazelan Anuar
E-mail: and
Sue Kellerman
E-mail: of the Newspapers Section.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 31, 2013.

The full paper and accompanying presentation slides must be completed and submitted to IFLA before June 2013. The papers must be original submissions and not published elsewhere.

At least one author is expected to attend WLIC 2013 to present the paper.

Important dates

28 February 2013: Abstracts due
31 March 2013: Acceptance notices sent to authors
1 June 2013: Completed papers and presentation submitted.


Questions? Please contact:

Mona Løkås - E-mail:,
Mazelan Anuar - E-mail: or
Sue Kellerman - E-mail:


All proposals must be in before 28 February 2013.

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 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: 31 January 2013