Call for Papers

Acquisition and Collection Development Section

Open Access converging on Collection Development

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Collection development is traditionally focused on purchasing and licensing print and electronic publications and content for users. The number and diversity of Open Access (OA) materials - materials freely and universally available via the Internet - is constantly increasing. OA resources are becoming extremely important way for users to get information they need. When discussing library collections it is important not to ignore open access materials but to include them more and more in the big picture of collection development and management. From the point of view of the library OA is an opportunity but brings many challenges. Open access also challenges and changes the traditional concept of collection.

How to promote access to free digital resources? How to integrate OA journals and monographs, open data, open educational resources and open government resources into collection development policies and action and workflows of the library?

Themes & Topics

This session intends to examine Open Access in the context of library collection development and management. Suggested subthemes, with a focus on innovation and best practices for potential speakers to consider:

  • Integrating Open Access issues to collection development policies
  • Advancing, promoting and facilitating access to OA resources in the context of collection development and acquisitions: supporting options of OA publishing (e.g. Green, Gold OA), OA business models
  • Finding, selecting and evaluating OA resources; perpetual access
  • Workflow processes and practices
  • Library and library consortia cooperation

The Acquisition and Collection Development Section invites speakers from all library environments (academic, public, government, school, special) who can address any of these themes in a 15 minute presentation at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France (16-22 August 2014). The goal is to create a diverse program of 4-6 speakers representing libraries from different parts of the world who have different experiences to share.

Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

It is hoped that all selected presenters will be able to prepare a formal paper, as well as Power Point slides. Selected presenters are encouraged to submit a paper in advance which supports their planned presentation and which will be made available through the IFLA's institutional repository, the IFLA Library. At the minimum, speakers must prepare presentation slides and in advance a substantial abstract, including references if relevant, such as URLs and bibliographies. The abstract is made available through the IFLA Library.

Presentations can be made in any of the official IFLA languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, but an accompanying translation of all papers into English must be provided.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2014 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Authors of accepted papers have to sign IFLA's Author Form.

Important Dates

15 February 2014 Deadline for submitting 300 word proposals for papers and presentations, or substantial abstracts of 500 words if no paper will be prepared, plus a brief biographical statement of speaker(s). Information should include: title of presentation; subthemes that it addresses, abstract, all authors, noting likely presenter; institutional affiliations; contact information, including all Email addresses.
1 March 2014 Successful proposals will be identified and information sent to all who submit proposals.
1 May 2014 Deadline for submission of final paper or substantial abstract. Deadline for authors to return Authors Form. Papers should be 2000-4000 words and papers can be submitted in any of the official IFLA languages: Arabic, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, but an accompanying translation of all papers into English must be provided. Attempts will be made to provide translations into other official languages.
30 June 20134 Deadline for all PowerPoint presentations from Speakers.
June/July 2014 All speakers will be notified of the time of the program.


All submissions and any questions should be sent to be sent via Email in a MS Word attachment to:

Marja Hirn
by 15 February 2014. The receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged.

At least one author will be expected to attend conference to deliver paper.

Please note that unfortunately, there are no funds to assist with your attendance at WLIC 2014.

Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of members of the Standing Committee of the Acquisition and Collection Development Section.


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: 11 January 2014