Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Social Science Libraries Section

  • 26 January 2018, 10:05
Theme: "Defining the Digital Social Sciences"

The Social Science Libraries Section (SSLS) invites interested individuals to submit proposals for an open session at the IFLA/WLIC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22-25 August 2018.  SSLS seeks submissions related to the theme of “Defining the Digital Social Sciences”.  

The problems of the world we live in have long been recognized as too large to be solved by one answer, one discipline or one part of the world.  The advent of the digital humanities provides us with an opportunity to greatly enrich our understanding of these problems in the social sciences.  Where do the digital humanities and digital social sciences cross over?  Can the approaches in the humanities be applied to the enrichment of the social sciences?  We are seeking papers that address these questions, especially those that articulate where this is happening and how it is being done.  Papers related to applied library research in this area are welcome.

 Additional topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Text Mining
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Digital Trace Analyses
  • Big Data
  • Text Analysis Tools


All proposals must received by 1 March 2018.

Please submit your proposal through the form you will find at the following link:

Important deadlines

  • 1 March 2018: Deadline for proposal submission.
  • 30 March 2018: Notification of proposal acceptance.
  • 30 May 2018: Deadline for submission of complete papers to SSLS. Papers should be no longer than 3000 words and be written in one of the IFLA official languages.
  • 1 July 2018: Deadline for submission of slides to be used in the presentation.

Paper should be submitted as an MSWord file via email and must be original, not-previously-published works.


Please contact:

Lynne Rudasill, Chair, Social Science Libraries Section

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.