Call for Papers

Newspapers Section

Digital transformation and the changing role of news media in the 21st Century



13-14 August 2014


International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva, Switzerland


IFLA Newspaper Section

Theme & sub-themes

Newspapers are highly esteemed historical sources, and their digital transformation multiplies their usage. Current digital news media constantly develop new channels and modes of communication, redefine the roles of all stakeholders and transform the news into an infinite process.

The IFLA 2014 Pre-Conference has its focus on the transformation aspects of both, digitized as well as born digital news media.

The main theme of the Pre-Conference: "Digital Transformation and the Changing Role of News Media in the 21stt Century" with the following sub-themes – and papers chosen for presentation should address, but are not limited to:

  • Reporting the news in the digital and social media age: trends and how these impact the in- formation industry
  • Latest initiatives and technologies in newspaper (e-)preservation and access
  • The advertising industry and its influence on the news media
  • Text mining newspapers and news content
  • Issues of e-legal deposit: online news and newspapers
  • Services built on digital newspaper collections
  • Case studies in the digitization of cultural heritage
  • Research being done on the basis of digital newspaper collections
  • Users’ experiences with digital newspaper collections - usability expectations

Other proposals relevant to the main conference theme will also be considered.

Submission Guidelines

  • Proposal abstracts should be submitted in English as an Microsoft Office Word file
  • Proposal abstracts for the IFLA pre-conference must be submitted by 21 February 2014, 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
  • 20-25 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
20 March 2014 Start of registration
30 June 2014 Completed papers and presentation submitted


All proposals must be in before 21 February 2014.

Please note

The Programme Committee regrets that it has no funding to assist prospective authors and the submission of an abstract must be on the understanding that the costs of attending the pre-conference including registration, travel, accommodation and other expenses, are the responsibility of the presenters of the accepted papers, or their institutions. 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: 8 February 2014