Call for Papers

Newspapers Section

All we need is news - knowledge production and dissemination through news media

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Session theme

According to the WLIC conference theme "Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge" the Newspapers Section open session theme "All we need is news - knowledge production and dissemination through news media" highlights the consequences of digital technology in news creation, production, and dissemination as well as on the post-dissemination fate of news such as preservation of digital and hard assets, collection management, storage of physical and digital content, access and use of digital and physical news collections, and similar fates.

A special focus of the session lies on the digitization of historical newspapers and the usage and handling of digital historical newspaper collections.

Subordinate themes include:

  • Production and dissemination of electronic news media
  • Collecting digital media including e-delivery, web-harvesting, legal deposit, metadata capture
  • Digitization of historical news and newspapers
  • Presentation of and access to digital news(paper) collections
  • Research being done on the basis of digital newspaper collections
  • Users' experiences with digital newspaper collections - usability expectations
  • Collaboration of libraries, archives, and museums in the preservation of news

Other topics will be considered, too.

Submission Guidelines

  • Proposal abstracts should be submitted in English as a Microsoft Office Word file
  • Proposal abstracts for the Open Session must be submitted by 31 January 2014 21 February, must be in English and should clearly include:
    • Title of proposed presentation
    • Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 300 words)
    • Name(s) of presenter(s) plus position and/or title
    • Employer / affiliated institution
    • Contact information including e-mail address, telephone number
    • Short biographical statement of presenter(s)
    • Language of presentation

Proposal abstracts should be submitted to (yes to all 4!):

Krista Kiisa

Mona Lokas

Ulrich Hagenah

Frederick Zarndt

Selected presenters will be notified by 10 March 2014.

Accepted papers

  • Complete accepted papers should be c. 3000-6000 words in length, be an original submission not published elsewhere
  • Complete accepted papers and accompanying presentation slides must be submitted by the end of June 2013
  • Final papers should be written in English
  • 10 minutes will be allowed for the delivery of the paper
  • The papers will be made available on the Conference website

To discuss any matter relating to this Call for Papers, please contact:

Krista Kiisa, Mona Lokas, Ulrich Hagenah or Frederick Zarndt.

Important dates

21 February 2014 Abstracts due
10 March 2014 Acceptance notices sent to authors
30 June 2014 Completed papers and presentation submitted


All proposals must be in before 21 February 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 March 2014