Call for Papers

Science and Technology Libraries Section with the Art Libraries Section

SCIENCE+ART=CREATIVITYN : Libraries and the new collaborative thinking

In this age of trans-disciplinary research, traditional scientific and humanistic discourses are undergoing a transformation. New modes of inquiry are capitalizing on the strengths that each set of disciplines brings to the table. Promoting creative synergies between the arts and sciences is the motivation for “STEM to STEAM” initiatives in many countries. Advocates contend that the STEM disciplines - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - are empowered when coupled with the arts - that “STEM expands into STEAM” when art is brought into the mix. On the other side of the equation, artists, designers and curators are witnessing the revolutionary impact of scientific and technological thinking on their modes of practice.

At the 2014 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France, the Science and Technology Libraries and the Art Libraries Sections of IFLA are co-sponsoring a session on this theme. We are seeking speakers who will highlight collaborations between artists and scientists as well as the library collections and services that support the intersection of these two spheres.  

Subjects of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Experimental data visualization
  • Molecular imaging and molecular aesthetics
  • Robotics and algorithmically generated art
  • Game design for scientific or artistic education
  • Aesthetic design interventions to meet environmental, social, and economic challenges
  • Regional, national, or institutional STEM to STEAM-type initiatives
  • Innovative library collections, services, and programs that support art and science collaborations

Proposals must be submitted by email and must contain:

  • Title of the paper
  • Author(s) of the paper
  • Paper abstract (500 words maximum)
  • Speaker’s name, professional affiliation, postal address, and email address
  • Biographical note on the speaker (50 words maximum)
  • Email subject line “IFLA Proposal”
  • Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere

Please submit proposals to:

James L. Mullins, Chair, IFLA Science & Technology Libraries Section

Sandra Ludig Brooke, Chair, IFLA Art Libraries Section

Martin Kesselman, Program Chair, IFLA Science & Technology Libraries Section

Karin Sundén, Secretary, IFLA Art Libraries Section

The deadline for proposals is 1 March 2014. Speakers will be notified of their acceptance by 15 March 2014. The full text of accepted papers is required by 15 May 2014.


All proposals must be in before 1 марта 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: 21 January 2014