Call for Papers

Knowledge Management Section

Knowledge in the Digital Age - Libraries and librarians are managing the digital transformation

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The 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 2014 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 practices in libraries. The conference motto for the 2014 Conference in Lyon, France is: "Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge".

The IFLA Knowledge Management Section invites librarians, information scientists, knowledge managers and professionals to submit proposals for papers to be presented in a 2-hour session at WLIC Lyon, France, 16-22 August 2014.

The KM Session Programme

“Knowledge in the Digital Age – Libraries and Librarians are Managing the Digital Transformation” is the KM Section’s theme for its 2014 Open Programme during the conference:

The digital transformation changes the production, distribution and use of knowledge in radical ways. The keywords are multimediality rather than textuality, interconnectness instead of linearity, immersivity as opposed to receptivity, the dominance of mobile user scenarios, the availability of gigantic masses of data as well as the increasing mixing of real and virtual worlds. How do you manage knowledge that no longer features as “collection”, as “publication” and clearly defined research “output” but as a continuously changing and, in principle, indefinitely interconnected flow of information? Moreover, who will be the future managers of this “new” kind of knowledge – big computing and data centres, scientific societies, commercial providers of cloud-based infrastructures or, after all, libraries, which have served as expert knowledge centres and storehouses of knowledge for centuries. Papers should approach these questions from different perspectives, not aiming at “fixed” answers but inspiring further thought and triggering lively discussion.

Reflecting the IFLA Trend Report 2013 we want to discuss how existing business models across many industries and information providers switch into the new information environment based on innovative devices in a semantic web and how Librarians are creating new roles for their relationships to knowledge exchange and knowledge management in the digital age.

Lyon’s congress theme "Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge" creates a perfect opportunity for exchanging and sharing ideas and opinions about leveraging the production, organization, and dissemination of knowledge in the digital age, and the role that libraries and librarians are playing in the transformative and disruptive processes of shaping the networked knowledge society. We are looking for speakers who can highlight the KM open session theme for Lyon from a global and strategic perspective but also with a practical and end-user-oriented focus.

Submission Guidelines


Please send an abstract of approximately 500 words, in English, no later than 15 February 2014 to:

Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, 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, and professional affiliation(s). In addition, a digital photograph would be useful.


Successful applicants will be notified by 15 March 2014.

The selected presenters for the programme at the Lyon conference will be asked to submit a formal paper (for inclusion on the IFLA conference website) no later than 1 May 2014. 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 15 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 Lyon. Please note, although every effort will be made to provide simultaneous interpretation into other IFLA languages, interpretation may not be available. Therefore presenters should 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 1 July 2014.

Please note that in accordance with IFLA’s Open Access Statement all papers that are presented at the WLIC 2014 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

Important Deadlines

15 February 2014 Deadline for submitting an abstract proposal
15 March 2014 Notification of acceptance of proposal
1 May 2014 Submission of the full paper
1 July 2014 Submission of the PowerPoint Presentation


All proposals must be in before 15 февраля 2014.

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 French 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: 13 January 2014