Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Committee on Standards

  • 11 January 2018, 12:22
Theme: "Impact of recently approved IFLA standards"

The IFLA Committee on Standards will be hosting a 2-hour open session during the 2018 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The conference theme is “Transform Libraries, Transform Societies.” We are seeking papers that highlight the ways in which IFLA standards transform or have an impact, both within and beyond the IFLA community. As new IFLA standards are approved and published, they influence and affect the library community, the ways in which libraries design their services, the ways in which libraries do their work. 

“Recently approved” IFLA standards includes standards approved between 2015 and 2017. There are a wide range of standards, from the Guidelines for Parliamentary Research Services to the IFLA Library Reference Model. The Committee on Standards has a complete list on their Standards in Progress page.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Impact of the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness on service models in libraries, on the development of new or extended services for this user population, on the ways in which library professionals carry out their work
  • Effect of the IFLA Library Reference Model on other IFLA bibliographic standards, such as ISBD, the International Cataloguing Principles, FRBROO, PRESSOO
  • Case studies on the implementation or revision of services based on IFLA guidelines, such as Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness or Guidelines for Parliamentary Research
  • Impact of newly approved IFLA bibliographic standards on international and national cataloguing standards, such as RDA, ISSN, national cataloguing codes
  • Influence of FRBROO ver. 2.4 on the consolidation of FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD into the IFLA Library Reference Model

Important Dates

27 February 2018 – Deadline for submitting proposals for papers and presentations including an abstract (750-1000 words).

27 March 2018   Successful proposals will be identified and information sent to all who submit proposals.

At this point, speakers will also be informed of the length of time they have to present their paper in Kuala Lumpur.

31 May 2018 – Deadline for submission of final paper, final version of abstract, final version of the brief biographical statement of authors/speakers.

31 May 2018 – Deadline for authors to fill in the online Authors’ Permission Form.

June/July 2018 – All speakers will be notified of the time of the program and how to upload their presentation slides.

Language of the paper

Papers may be submitted in English or any of the other IFLA official languages. Attempts will be made to provide translations into other official languages.

Language of the session

The language of the session is English. However, presenters may also give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages. However, there are limited facilities for simultaneous translation; therefore presenters are encouraged to provide the PowerPoint presentation in English to facilitate the understanding of ideas presented.

Proposal guidelines

Proposals must be original work of author(s), address the theme of the session, be written in English, and include:

  1. Title of proposed paper
  2. Names of the authors and their institutional affiliations
  3. Brief biographical statement about each author including information about their qualifications to address the proposed topic
  4. Authors’ contact information including all e-mail addresses
  5. Name of the person who will likely be the presenter
  6. Abstract of the proposed paper (750-1000 words);
  7. A brief statement indicating how the proposal addresses the session’s theme


All proposals should be sent to be sent via e-mail in a MS Word attachment to:

Chris Oliver

The receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged.

All proposals must be received by 27 February 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.