Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Indigenous Matters Section

  • 5 December 2017, 14:30
Theme: "Diverse indigenous voices, decolonizing, transforming, centering practices"

The Indigenous Matters Section invites you to submit a proposal for our session in Kuala Lumpur 2018!  Aligned with the Congress theme “Transform libraries, transform societies” Reaching out to the hard to reach.

Inspired by the positive message of the congress theme, the Indigenous Matters session will focus on how diverse indigenous voices strengthens communities through decolonization,  transformative or centering practices.  A broad scope for creative and inclusive thinking, we are keen to understand how you or your institution ensures indigenous peoples are supported, connected and empowered through their library to excel and flourish in their social, environmental, cultural, economic, and political reality.

The goal is to create a meaningful, insightful, and useful programme of 4-6 speakers (10- 15 min presentations), with an interactive audience/panel session if time allows.

Join us for out of the box thinking!  Share your research, experience, learnings, decolonizing stories and transformative practices that put the individual or collective at the centre, by submitting a proposal on a topic of your choice relating to the session theme.

  • Indigenous leadership and management attraction and retention
  • Library policies, strategic plans, and services related to indigenous communities
  • Indigenous library community engagement
  • Decolonizing research methodologies
  • Indigenous library practices
  • Transformative indigenous forms of cataloguing and classification
  • Indigenous language use in the library
  • Marketing and outreach strategies to attract indigenous communities to the library
  • Indigenous literacy
  • LIS training, professional registration schemes
  • Indigenous librarianism
  • Professional development and practical application across the library
  • Library and space design that supports inclusion and timely, meaningful engagement

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.  Simultaneous translation has been requested, but is not guaranteed; therefore presenters are encouraged to provide the PowerPoint in English to facilitate the understanding of ideas presented.

Important dates

All proposals must be submitted by 20 February 2018

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 10 March 2018.

Successful candidates will submit a full paper by 16 June 2018.  The full paper will be made available online in the IFLA library

Proposals should include:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • An abstract of the proposed paper (500-1000 words in English)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s)
  • Position or title of presenter(s)
  • Employer or affiliated institution of presenter(s)
  • Email address
  • Indigenous / tribal affiliation of presenter(s) if applicable
  • Short biographical statement(s) regarding the presenter(s), and photo if possible for inclusion on the IFLA programme, website and app.


All proposals must be in before 20 February 2018.

Please email your proposals to:
Mrs Cellia Joe-Olsen
Email:  tumuaki

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.