Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Audiovisual and Multimedia Section joint with the Information Technology Section

  • 28 November 2017, 12:13
Theme: "Video Games: Winning strategies for libraries"

The IFLA Audiovisual and Multimedia Section, joined by the Information Technology Section, invite interested professionals to submit proposals for the open session to be held during IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 24-30 August 2018.

Have you learned the Konami Code to successful library video game programming? Perhaps your library is ahead of the curve in providing access to the latest games, consoles, or trending genres? Are competitions for experienced gamers or newbies generating buzz among your library’s users? Are you facilitating coding workshops to budding game designers?

Video games have evolved from an entertaining pastime into an international industry of significant economic impact. Academic, public, school, and special libraries have embraced video games and engaged their users with creative and innovative methods.

Video games can be complex and fragile expressions of art as well as tools for personal development and teaching. Libraries are tasked with keeping these ephemeral games accessible for today’s and tomorrow’s players to enjoy and appreciate.

Paper proposals are encouraged that address the many challenges and opportunities of creating, collecting, cataloging, providing, preserving, and storing video games in libraries.

Possible topics may include:

  • Approaches to curating video game collections
  • Challenges to violent or explicit game content
  • Digital preservation strategies for video game software and hardware
  • Experiences with social and cultural aspects of games
  • Issues in cataloging and metadata for video games in libraries
  • Legal issues concerning video games
  • Roles of library and education professionals to prevent game addiction
  • Strategies to engage traditional and nontraditional gamers
  • Using video games to teach information literacy
  • Development of educational video games in libraries
  • Video games as audiovisual media

Submission Guidelines – please read these guidelines carefully and follow them exactly

  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (up to 500 words) and full author details, including name, position, affiliation, and email address of each author, is 31 January 2018. Abstracts should be in English and should have author’s names and affiliations redacted; full author details should be submitted on a separate document together with the abstracts. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Audiovisual and Multimedia Section and the Information Technology Section. Selection of papers will be based on the abstract. Presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by the 31 March 2018.
  2. The full paper is due on 1 May 2018 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.
  3. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort.
  4. Full papers should be of 2000-4000 words (approximately 4-8 pages), single-spaced.
  5. 15-20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read. It is strongly recommended that the presentation is supported by a visual element such as a short video clip or PowerPoint, Prezi, or other presentation software.
  6. Authors should indicate their personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper.

Important dates

31 January 2018 – All proposals must be received;
31 March 2018 – Successful candidates will be notified;
1 May 2018 – Full paper and author permission form due.

Please email your abstract to:

Deborah Benrubi
Chair, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section

Tim Blevins
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Patrick Megel
Program Coordinators, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section 2018


All abstracts must be received by 31 January 2018.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Malaysia. 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 2018 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission 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.