Call for Papers

Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section

Unlocking Economic, Social and Cultural Treasures through Electronic/Digital Inclusion and Integration

Today’s world is populated by multilingual and culturally diverse communities. We ask the question “How does the electronic/digital inclusion and integration of library and information resources enable people to access, develop and transform the potential and benefit from their Economic, Social and Cultural Treasures”.   

The IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section invites interested professionals  to submit proposals for the open session to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 15-21 August 2015.

Areas of interest include:

  • Multicultural/lingual practices in libraries
  • Equality of access to library and information services
  • Digital inclusion and integration practices
  • Libraries and information centres  as community space
  • Public engagement and lifelong learning

The goal is to create a diverse programme of 4-6 speakers (10-15 min presentations).

Submission Guidelines

Please submit the proposal in English and include:

  • Title of proposed presentation;
  • Abstract of the proposed presentation (no more than 500 words in English);
  • Name(s) of presenter(s);
  • Professional role (or official title of presenter(s);
  • Confirmation that a presenter(s) will attend WLIC 2015 Cape Town;
  • Presenter's institutional affiliation, if any;
  • Presenter's e-mail address; and
  • Brief biography of presenter(s).

Please email your proposal for papers on or before 23 February the extended deadline 6 March 2015 to:

Adjoa K. Boateng
Information Coordinator

  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is Friday 6 March 2015. Selection of papers is based on the abstract and confirmation that at least one presenter will attend WLIC 2015 Cape Town to deliver the paper.
  2. All submissions will be acknowledged by reply email, within three working days of receipt.
  3. Presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by Wednesday 25 March 2015.
  4. The full paper is due on Sunday 31 May 2015 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.
  5. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail.
  6. Papers should be no more than 4,000 words, single spaced in Times New Roman 12 point.
  7. Papers should be in English with an abstract, and the presenter (who need not be the author) must be competent in English.
  8. Depending on the number of final papers selected; 10-15 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper during the Congress; the full written paper is not to be read.


Full abstracts will be evaluated by the Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section WLIC 2015 Cape Town Organizing Committee.

Final paper and presentation

Successful presenters will need to prepare a formal paper using the IFLA paper template which will be available online, as well as Power Point slides.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2015 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Author Form.

Important dates and timelines

6 March 2015 Submission of proposal for paper (no more than 500 word abstract in English).
Acknowledgement of receipt will be actioned within three working days.
25 March 2015 Notification of acceptance of proposal.
31 May 2015 Date for submission of formal paper and completion of Author’s form. 
  • Papers should be no more than 4000 words. 
  • Proposed papers must be an original work and not have been presented or published elsewhere. 
  • Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by email. 
July 2015 Presenters notified of date, time and venue of programme and other Speaker related information.
August 2015 Presenters upload Power Point Presentation to the programme database at IFLA Congress. Further information and assistance will be available at the congress venue.


All proposals must be in before 6 March 2015.

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 letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 24 February 2015