Call for Papers

Bibliography Section

National bibliographies transformed : matters relating to the legal deposit of electronic resources

The Bibliography Section will be organizing an open session during the 2015 conference in Cape Town.  We are seeking papers addressing matters relating to legal deposit of electronic resources and the challenges it can pose to national bibliographic agencies. In many countries the scope of legal deposit is being extended to include electronic resources. The legislation and extent of so called e-legal deposit varies greatly between countries, as do the methods of collection. Electronic resources pose new challenges to national bibliographic agencies which we wish to explore during this open session

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The need to redefine what a national bibliography is and should be, as the scope of legal deposit legislation evolves
  • The setting up of e-repositories (individual library's experiences)
  • The inclusion and presentation of electronic resources in national bibliographies
  • Automated metadata creation and validation
  • Specific challenges with regard to Resource Description and Access connected with the creation of metadata for electronic resources

Important Dates

20 February 2015 - Deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) in English to:

Miriam Nauri
Please use subject line "IFLA PROPOSAL 2015 BS

A brief biographical statement of speaker(s) should also be submitted. Information should include: title of presentation; sub-themes that it addresses, a short abstract, all authors, noting the likely presenter; institutional affiliations; contact information, including all email addresses.

9 March 2015 - Authors will be notified as to whether their proposal has been accepted.  The selection of papers will be based on the submitted proposal. Each proposal will be reviewed by a Programme Committee, appointed by the Bibliography Sections Standing Committee.

1 May 2015 - Deadline for submission of final paper and abstract.

The paper should be an original submission and not have been published or presented elsewhere. 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.

Papers should be no more than 2500 words and should be submitted in English.

Attempts will be made to provide translations into other official languages.

At least one author will be expected to attend conference to deliver the paper. The length of the presentations should be approximately 20 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions/discussion.

The final submission should include: Title of presentation; sub-themes that are addressed, an abstract, the author/s personal contact details as well as a brief biographical note and an indication as to who will be presenting the paper.

31 May 2015 - Deadline for authors to return Authors Form.

30 June 2015 - Deadline for all Power Point presentations from speakers.

June/July 2015 - All speakers will be notified of the time of the program.

Any questions should be sent to:

Miriam Nauri


All proposals must be in before 20 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: 9 February 2015