Call for Papers

Knowledge Management Section

Open Access (OA) in the context of full lifecycle of Knowledge Management

IFLA Knowledge Management (KM) Section provides an international platform for professional communication and understanding of the significance of KM for libraries. It gives a voice to KM on a global scale and follows the developments in KM, promoting its practical implementation within the global library community.

The 2013 WLIC Conference 

The annual IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) provides an opportunity to present innovative models, case studies and research.  Delegates and speakers from all parts of the world come together to discuss new developments and successful practice in libraries. The conference motto for the 2013 Conference in Singapore is: "Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities"

The IFLA Knowledge Management Section invites librarians, informationist, and knowledge managers and professionals to submit proposals for papers in a 2-hour session at WLIC Singapore, 17-23 August 2013.

The KM Conference Programme

"Open Access (OA) in the context of full lifecycle of Knowledge Management" is the KM Section’s theme for its 2013 Open Programme during the conference.  Singapore provides a very multicultural context and thus the perfect place for exchanging and sharing ideas about infinite possibilitiesof KM.

We are looking for speakers who can highlight use of KM, from a global and theoretical perspective but also with a practical aspect.  The focus should be onOpen Access movement in the intersection of both KM theory and practice in the context of KM lifecycle: knowledge creation, organization, dissemination and preservation. We would like to give special focus to best practice in the Asia Pacific region.

The sub-themes are:

  • The 21st century KM trends and opportunities for OA
  • Knowledge creation and knowledge sharing across boundaries of language, culture and technology
  • Innovative use of open technology to support knowledge sharing, team-based research and e-learning
  • Case studies in application of Knowledge Management tools that support the success of OA in library and other information services settings
  • Offering efficient and user-friendly services based on KM and OA principles
  • Advocacy and coordination OA in the full lifecycle of KM
  • Achieving KM competencies, and OA awareness beyond the profession through empowering librarians and other information professionals
  • Promoting OA in cooperating with international organizations, and knowledge founders, knowledge producers and knowledge communicators 


Please send an abstract of approximately 500 words, in English, no later than February 15, 2013 to: Agnes Hajdu Barat, Programme Chair ( Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail.  The abstracts will be reviewed by Programme Committee members of the Knowledge Management Section.

Please also attach curriculum vitae of the author(s), contact details, professional affiliation(s), and a brief statement on their career(s). Also, a digital photograph(s) would be useful.

Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.   Please attach a declaration about originality of the proposed paper and verify that it has not been published anywhere.


Successful applicants will be notified by March 15, 2013.

The selected presenters for the program at the Singapore conference will be asked to submit a formal paper (for inclusion on the IFLA conference website) no later than May 1, 2013. Papers can be submitted in one of the official IFLA working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish.  Papers should be submitted with a one-page abstract in English. Papers should not be longer than 20 pages.  Papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.  Selected papers may be nominated by the Section for inclusion in an IFLA publication.

Presentation at the Conference:

A maximum of 20 minutes will be allowed for the presentation of each paper during the Section's session in Singapore. Please note, although every effort will be made to provide simultaneous interpretation into other IFLA languages, interpretation may not be available. Therefore presenters are encouraged to use a PowerPoint in English to facilitate understanding of the ideas presented.  The PowerPoint for the presentation should be submitted to the Program Chair by July 1, 2013.

At least one of the authors of the paper must present the paper. Please send a promissory note with your signature verifying intent to attend the IFLA Conference in Singapore to the Program Chair. 

Please note that in accordance with IFLA’s Open Access Statement all papers that are presented at the WLIC 2013 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.



All proposals must be in before 15 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: 21 January 2013