Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Cataloguing Section

  • 8 January 2018, 14:00
Theme: "Rethinking data models and formats for better-informed citizens"

IFLA Cataloguing Section (CATS) will be hosting a 2-hour open session during the 2018 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We are inviting you to submit a proposal regarding the future of data models and formats.

For many years now, the idea of going beyond MARC has been very popular, to make data produced and disseminated by libraries more visible, usable for readers, end-users whoever they are and whatever they want to do. New conceptual models such as IFLA-LRM, based on users’ tasks, invite us to rethink our data structuring models and formats. Yet the so-called shift from record to data has not yet happened. How can libraries make it happen? Different approaches coexist and some initiatives already exist, among which BIBFRAME and others. This open programme calls for inspiring examples of the many ways libraries can produce web-designed, user-friendly data. This includes models and formats not only for production, but also for storage and exchange.


– Existing projects to set up new data models or formats in a local, national or international level.

– How data could be reusable for a broader audience through new models or formats?

– How new data models or formats could be included in broader data flows (reusing data, disseminating data…)

– How new data models or formats could influence the catalogers’ tasks, role and professional identity?

Language of the session

Presenters may also give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages. Simultaneous translation has been requested, but is not guaranteed; therefore, presenters are encouraged to provide the presentation slides in English to facilitate the understanding of ideas presented.


28 February 2018 is the deadline for submitting a detailed abstract in English (500 words) and author details. Information should include: title of presentation; subthemes that it addresses, a short abstract, all authors; institutional affiliations; contact information, including all email addresses. A brief biographical statement of speaker(s) (no more than 50 words) should also be submitted.

30 March 2018 – The committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts against criteria which include: innovative content, topical relevance, clarity of exposition, originality, and overall quality. Presenters will be notified whether their proposals are accepted by 30 March, 2018.

18 May 2018 — Full texts of papers and brief biographical statements of the presenter(s) are due. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail.

    • Papers should not be more than 4,000 words.
    • Papers must be original submissions not presented or published elsewhere – (IFLA rule).
    • Papers and abstracts should be in English.
    • Papers should include:
      1. Title of the presentation
      2. Names of presenter(s)
      3. Positions, affiliation, and emails of presenter(s)
      4. An abstract
      5. Purpose, subtheme of the session, relevant literature, design or methodology, findings, and implications.

The length of the presentations should be approximately 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions/discussion.


All proposals, final papers, and questions should be sent to be sent via e-mail in a MS Word attachment to:

Vincent Boulet
Programme committee
National Library of France, Paris
Email :

All proposals must be received by 28 February 2018. The receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged.

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.