Call for Papers

Audiovisual and Multimedia Section joint with Acquisition and Collection Development Section

Managing Born-digital audiovisual or multimedia collections across the lifecycle

We invite you to submit a proposal for the joint session of Audiovisual and Multimedia Section co-sponsor with Acquisition and Collection Development Section the 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly  to be held in Cape Town South Africa 15-21 August 2015.


Libraries and archives increasingly need to manage media content in born-digital form. The amount of content is rapidly increasing, and the sense of urgency for tools, workflows and strategies is huge. In this open session we would like to view relevant guidelines and see use cases and examples of acquisition, ingest, management, distribution, access and preservation. The examples should illustrate reasonably achievable processes for institutions with preferably user driven, non-mass produced collections and resources with a focus on Audiovisual or Multimedia.

Topics can range from:

  • Strategies for management and preservation of digital collections
  • Preferred standards and file formats for ingest of digital material
  • Issues of longevity, integrity, and access e.g. streaming of digital material
  • practical use of recommended (IFLA-) guidelines

Proposals should reflect the theme of WLIC 2015, "Dynamic Libraries – Access, Development and Transformation" .

Submissions Guidelines

Please send a detailed abstract (500 words) in English by 13 February 2015 to:

Michael Miller, Chair Audiovisual and Multimedia Section


Joseph Hafner, Chair Acquisition and Collection Development Section

Please provide also:

  • name and institution of author(s), postal address and e-mail address
  • title of the proposal
  • relevant biographical information of author(s)
  • Email subject line "IFLA PROPOSAL 2015 AVMS"

Proposed papers must be original and not have published before.

The abstracts will be reviewed by a Review Committee and the author(s) of the papers selected will be informed by 31st March 2015.

If a paper is selected authors must commit to presenting it in Cape Town at the IFLA WLIC 15-21 August 2015.

The full paper is due on 31st May 2015. It should be in English, must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere and should be of 20 pages maximum. All papers will be listed in the final IFLA Programme and will be translated.

In accordance with IFLA's Open Access Statement all papers presented at the WLIC 2015 will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2015 will be made available online via the IFLA Library. Authors will need to sign IFLA’s Author form.


All proposals must be in before 13 February 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: 4 February 2015