Charting the Course: Future-Forward Cataloguing with UNIMARC, 12th November 2024 (Maribor, Slovenia/Online)

IFLA’s UNIMARC encoding and exchange format has undergone a major transformation with adoption of a new entity-relationship (ER) conceptual model the IFLA Library Reference Model (IFLA LRM), which brings innovative cataloguing approaches for the digital environment. This shift from traditional metadata practices suggests promising benefits for both libraries and end-users. 

The “Future of UNIMARC” project aims to facilitate exchanging, sharing and generating knowledge about the future of UNIMARC. The project focuses on exploring UNIMARC’s range of uses, increasing familiarity with its entity-relationship (ER) cataloguing track, and gathering information about the library community’s needs.

Call for papers: The PUC welcomes submissions for presentations at the upcoming 6th UNIMARC Users Meeting:  

  • Showcase your experiences, innovations, and insights related to cataloguing with UNIMARC. A current or completed project can be presented, as well as strategic considerations on the use of the UNIMARC format in the production or exchange of data. 
  • Contribute ideas to the collaborative exploration of the future of metadata practices, interoperability and harmonisation aspects and the direction of development of data structure and exchange standards.

Each presentation must be 15 minutes long and in English. Time for Q&A will be scheduled after the presentations. Presentations will be archived in the IFLA Repository. Proposals must be submitted via email and must include the following information:

  • Email subject “6th UNIMARC Users Meeting”
  • Title of the proposed presentation
  • Abstract of the proposed paper (no more than 500 words) 
  • Name(s) of presenter(s) and position(s) and/or title(s)
  • Employer or affiliated institution
  • Contact information including email address
  • Short biographical statement of no more than 100 words
  • Information on whether to attend in-person or online

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 1 July 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: 26 July 2024
  • Submission of presentation: 29 October 2024
  • Presentation at the 6th User Meeting (in-person or online): 12 November 2024

Contact: Branka Badovinac,