Call for Papers

Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section

Dynamic Transformations and Developments in the World of Serials and Other Continuing Resources

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) invites colleagues to submit proposals for its two-hour open session at the IFLA Congress in Cape Town on the theme “Dynamic Transformations and Developments in the World of Serials and Other Continuing Resources."

The roles, activities and responsibilities of those involved with serials and other continuing resources are changing rapidly. Highly dynamic content is delivered to end users via traditional digital platforms and also via apps and mobile devices.Global access to information is essential and librarians have key roles to play in publishing and providing access to content as well as in participating in the creation, transformation and evaluation of resources. How can information providers and librarians ensure resources are created, discoverable, accessible and usable when and where they are needed? How can librarians navigate the myriad choices as we participate in the many transformations and developments currently underway in the world of serials and other continuing resources? In this session papers will be presented on some of the many developments in the world of serials and other continuing resources and how librarians continue to rise to the challenges.

We invite papers that address any or several of the following topics:

  • Open Access
  • Metrics and assessment
  • Libraries as publishers
  • Non-traditional publishing
  • Institutional repositories
  • Mobile access, carriers and platforms
  • Linked data
  • Text and data mining
  • New roles for serials professionals
  • Description and discovery
  • New acquisitions models

Proposals must include the following information:

  1. Name and institution of speaker(s)
  2. Contact information for speaker(s)
  3. Brief biographical information
  4. Proposal title
  5. Brief (250 word) abstract of the proposed paper
  6. Language of presentation

Important dates

20 February 2015    Proposal submission deadline
20 March 2015 Notification of acceptance
29 May 2015 Submission of completed paper

Proposals should be sent by email to:

Meg Mering, Secretary of the SOCR Standing Committee
Email: by Friday 20th February 2015.

Finalists will be notified by 20 March 2015, and will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in one of the official IFLA languages by 29 May 2015.

For more information, please contact:

Meg Mering, Secretary of Serials and other Continuing Resources Section or
Sharon Dyas-Correia, Chair of the Committee


All proposals must be in before 20 February 2015.

Please note

At least one of the paper's authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Cape Town. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

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.

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: 13 January 2015