Call for Papers

Indigenous Matters Special Interest Group

Vive le "I" for indigenous in IFLA: strengthening cultural responsiveness and accountability in libraries and information

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The SIG Indigenous Matters is a global network of people with an interest and passion for quality library and information services for and with indigenous peoples.  Our information exchange focuses in a positive direction on services today with an eye on the future while honoring the past.  As with other indigenous gatherings, we gather with respect for each other, generosity in spirit, and a desire to improve the lives of the next generation.  This group is sponsored by the Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section

The SIG Indigenous Matters invites proposals for papers that illustrate how library and information organisations demonstrate cultural responsiveness for and with indigenous peoples.  This could be through recruitment, policy, practice, continuing professional development and/or something completely outside the box.  We are seeking contribution’s that trigger the imagination; inspires positive change; dares others to replicate, or reaffirms what does not work. 

Aligned with the Congress theme: 'Librarians, Citizens, Societies: Confluence of Knowledge', the SIG Indigenous Matters Open Session aims to identify, compare and address the challenges experienced when western world view meets indigenous world view or vice versa and how these issues are worked through by, or impact, library and information partnerships with indigenous communities and the creation of shared cultural meaning. 

The goal is to create a diverse programme of 4-6 speakers representing indigenous peoples/ library and information organisations from different parts of the world who have different experiences to share.

Subjects of interest

Subjects of interest may include but are not limited to:

  • Organisational culture and development
  • Models and frameworks for indigenous community partnerships and engagement
  • Digitisation – incorporating indigenous values and principles
  • Indigenous subject headings – inclusive cataloguing, improved access to information
  • Cultural compentencies for library and information practitioners, management and decision makers
  • Collection development – discerning quality resources written about, for and by indigenous peoples
  • Social inclusion through symbolism - architectural design, signage, use of space
  • Recruitment and selection – attracting and retaining talent, working from the inside out
  • Opportunities, challenges, implications and solutions for future library services

Submission Guidelines

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

Please submit the paper in English and include:

  1. Title of proposed presentation;
  2. Abstract of the proposed presentation (no more than 500 words in English);
  3. Name(s) of presenter(s);
  4. Professional role (or official title of presenter(s);
  5. Presenter's institutional affiliation, if any;
  6. Presenter's e-mail address; and
  7. Brief biography of presenter(s).

Proposals will be evaluated by the Programme Panel members of the SIG Indigenous Matters.

Selected presenters will need to prepare a formal paper, as well as Power Point slides.  At least one author will be expected to attend conference to deliver the presentation.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2014 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.  Authors of accepted papers must sign IFLA’s Author Form. 

Important dates and timelines

Please email your proposal for papers on or before 3 February 2014 to:

Te Paea Paringatai
Convenor, SIG Indigenous Matters

Important dates

3 February 2014

Submission of proposal for paper (no more than 500 word abstract).
If abstracts are written in any indigenous language or IFLA language other than English; an English translation of the abstract must be provided.

10 February 2014

Acknowledgement of receipt.

10 March 2014

Notification of acceptance of proposal.

1 May 2014

Last date for submission of formal paper and Author’s form if not already received.
  • Papers should be 2000-4000 words.
  • If papers are written in any indigenous language or IFLA language other than English; an English translation of the paper must be provided.
  • Proposed papers must be an original work and not have been published elsewhere.
  • Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by email

July 2014

Presenters notified of date, time and venue of programme.

August 2014

Pre-programme meet and mingle.
[The idea is for presenters and the SIG Convenor to meet prior to the day of presentations.  This is a chance to meet as a group, chat, ask questions, and share any last minute information.  Details to be confirmed closer to the time.]
Presenters upload Power Point Presentation to the programme database at IFLA Conference.  Further information and assistance will be available at the conference venue.


All proposals must be in before 3 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