Call for Papers

Government Libraries Section

Networks of Government Libraries – providers of access to Information

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The Government Libraries Section invites proposals for papers to be presented at a two-hour programme in the next IFLA  General Conference to be held on August 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

This year’s session theme is "Networks of Government Libraries – providers of access to Information".

The theme was chosen because the session aims to address the ways that government agencies and libraries are collaborating in the ongoing revision of information management procedures and services, in a context where government libraries are facing a transition period.

We welcome proposals from individuals and organizations interested in libraries and the information community within government structures, where collaborative experiences, methods and projects from government ministries, departments or at regional level can be shared.

Subjects of interest may include:

  • Official collaborations amongst government agencies for a long term access to government information resources
  • The impact of government library closures and the shaping of future library and information services within ministries
  • Merging of library and information services
  • Guidelines for management of government libraries networks
  • Experiences of integrated and cost-effective library models in the Executive and Judiciary branches
  • Innovative government approaches for the integration of information management and document sharing

Proposals should include:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Abstract of no more than 250 words
  • Name, e-mail address, position (title) of presenter(s)
  • A brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words

Important dates and timelines:

Please email your proposals before 27 February 2015 to:

Guillermo García-Capcha

The proposals will be evaluated and notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent by  9 March 2015

The presenters selected for the programme at the Cape Town conference will be asked then to submit a formal paper (for inclusion on the IFLA conference website and the Sections' websites) no later than 29 May 2015.

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.

Final papers can be submitted in any of the IFLA working languages. If the paper is written in other official IFLA language than English, an accompanying translation in English of the abstract must be attached.

Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided during the session. Presentations can be in any of IFLA working languages.

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All proposals must be in before 27 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: 16 February 2015