Call for Papers

Indigenous Matters Special Interest Group

Indigenous Literacy: beyond bilingual signage and collection development

Aligned with the Congress theme: Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation, the Indigenous Matters SIG Open Session will focus on how libraries progress indigenous literacy within their workforce and work environment to support [a respectful recognition of] indigenous populations cultural identity and knowledge production and organization, online and offline, globally and within their communities.

The goal is to create a diverse programme of 4-6 speakers (10-15 min presentations) with an opportunity to mini workshop how libraries can further empower indigenous populations through their services, recruitment and library environment.

Help us make this a dynamic session by submitting a proposal for paper on a topic of your choice relating to the session theme.

The Indigenous Matters Special Interest Group is a global network of people with an interest and passion for quality library and information services for and with indigenous peoples. Our information exchange focuses in a positive direction on services today with an eye on the future while honoring the past. As with other indigenous gatherings, we gather with respect for each other, generosity in spirit, and a desire to improve the lives of the next generation. This group is sponsored by the Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section

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 community/tribal 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:

Te Paea Paringatai
Convenor, Indigenous Matters Special Interest Group

  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 IFLA Indigenous Matters SIG 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