Call for Papers

Audiovisual and Multimedia Section
& Information Technology Section

User and Interface Challenges Related to Audiovisual and Multimedia Access

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The Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS) and the Information Technology Section (IT'S) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Lyon, France August 16-22 August 2014.

As information and technology convergence continue, scholars and life-long learners are more likely to be studying, researching and producing new knowledge drawing on digital, audio visual and/or multimedia formats.  With these explorations, information creators and consumers are confronted with new challenges related to efficient and responsible use of intellectual property across formats. Challenges include meeting the technological access demands of the modern scholar; including improvement of information infrastructures and interfaces, adopting new strategies that are being driven by developments such as mobile technologies, and by responding creatively to interface design needs enabling the delivery of increasingly massive amounts of data.

Consideration of user factors will also significantly impact the design process for multimedia delivery systems and in the effective integration of multimedia in teaching resources.  Beyond design factors, the skills levels of both information professionals and users will need constant tending and improvement.  Users, both lay and scholarly, will need to be able to handle and correctly cite fragments of content, care-takers of informational items will need to be able to maintain access and integrity of new content.  How are library and information professionals moving forward to support this new converged audio-visual and multimedia information culture?

TOPICS for this session can focus on any of the following aspects:

  •   User-centered, user-driven design, or usability incorporating multimedia
  •   Effective integration of multimedia applications in Massive Open Online Courses.
  •   Information management needs of scholars, or needs of patrons (by class or type)
  •   Media skills literacy for librarians and/or users
  •   Interface design factors
  •   Comparative aspects of design between mobile VS web apps
  •   Mobile access and computing factors
  •   Technological factors related to warehousing and access


The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract in English (500 words) and full author details is 31 January 2014.  Each abstract will be reviewed by members of the Audiovisual and Multimedia and the Information Technology Standing Committees.  Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by 3 March 2014.  Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.

The full paper is due on 28 April 2014 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.  Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced.  Papers should be in an official IFLA language with an abstract.  All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2014 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence; authors of submitted papers have to sign IFLA's Author Form which formalizes this.

Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by email. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort.  The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.

Approximately 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper at the Congress; the full written paper is not to be read. The presentation shall be made in an official IFLA language and the presenter doesn't need to be the author.

*Please note that the expenses of attending the Lyon conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.


Please send your abstract by 31 January 2014 to all:

Michael J. Miller
Chair, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS)

Alicia García Medina
Secretary, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS)


Edmund Balnaves
Chair, Information Technology Section (ITS)


All proposals must be in before 31 января 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: 15 January 2014