The IFLA Governing Board and Irish National Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC).  

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Calls for Papers for Open Sessions

The professional programme of the IFLA WLIC 2020 is shaped by open sessions organised by IFLA’s Professional Units. Every year, the IFLA Professional Units (Sections and Special Interest Groups) issue Calls for Papers to receive proposals from colleagues around the world.

Calls are launched between December 2019 and January 2020 and are collected on this page as soon as they become available.

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Calls for Papers for Satellite Meetings

Open Sessions

Academic and Research Libraries joint with Statistics and Evaluations

Theme: "Alignment with Research: Providing, Communicating and Assessing the Value of Research Support"

Deadline for proposals: 5 March 2020

Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA)

Theme: "Opportunities and Challenges of Enhancing the Well-Being of Women in Africa through Access to Information and Knowledge"

Deadline for proposals: 15 February 2020

Acquisition and Collection Development

Theme: "Collection development in the era of open access: impacts of open access business models and open access resources on library collection development"

Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2020

Africa

Theme: "Working together: building strong information structures for sustainable society"

Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2020

Art Libraries

Theme: "Rethinking the concepts of art libraries, in view of changing cultural heritage paradigms: collection building, facilitating access, reaching new audiences"

Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2020

Asia and Oceania

Theme: "Sharing our stories: libraries in Asia and Oceania supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)"

Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2020

Audiovisual and Multimedia joint with Metropolitan Libraries

Theme: "Inspire, Enable, Engage and Connect: Video and Multimedia Productions by and for Libraries and Library Users"

Deadline for proposals: 1 April 2020

Bibliography

Theme: "Smarter Bibliographies: Connecting and engaging national bibliographies with new platforms"

Deadline for proposals: 1 April 2020

Big Data

Theme: "Better Together: Collaborative Solutions to the Challenges of Data and Libraries"

Deadline for proposals: 30 March 2020

Cataloguing

Theme: "Metadata quality issues and policies"

Deadline for proposals: 1 April 2020

Committee on Standards

Theme: "IFLA Standards and Library Practices in Conversation"

Deadline for proposals: 8 April 2020

Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship joint with News Media, Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression and Copyright and Other Legal Matters

Theme: "The Technology Behind Media Misinformation: The Creation, Detection, and Investigation of Fake News"

Deadline for proposals: 25 March 2020

Education and Training

Theme: "Putting Emerging LIS Competencies into Education and Practice: Challenges and Opportunities"

Deadline for proposals: 15 April 2020

Evidence for Global & Disaster Health (E4GDH)

Theme: "Engage, enable and connect in global and disaster health: increasing access to multi-language evidence"

Deadline for proposals: 16 March 2020

Government Information and Official Publications

Theme: "Navigating the Government Information and Official Publications Landscape: Authority, Reproducibility and Accessibility "

Deadline for proposals: 5 April 2020

Government Libraries

Theme: "Evidence based policy making – maximising the influence of library services"

Deadline for proposals: 3 May 2020

Health and Biosciences joint with Information Technology

Theme: "Enabling open science, open access, and artificial intelligence to advance and support healthcare practice and scientific discovery"

Deadline for proposals: 9 March 2020

IFLA’s Policy and Advocacy team with Offline Internet Consortium

Theme: "Expanding Offline Access to Networked Information"

Deadline for proposals: 20 March 2020

Indigenous Matters

Theme: "Why authentic relationships matter: examples from the field showcasing libraries leading with Indigenous communities "

Deadline for proposals: 20 March 2020

Information Literacy joint with School Libraries

Theme: "Perspectives on the role of information literacy education in fostering a smooth transition throughout a learner’s formal education journey - from PK to 20 and beyond"

Deadline for proposals: 2 April 2020

Knowledge Management joint with Subject Analysis and Access

Theme: "Subject Access and Artificial Intelligence: Enhancing competencies and safeguarding ethics"

Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2020

Knowledge Management joint with the Information Technology

Theme: "The future of the library and library systems: outsourcing, cloud, and new tech impact of user communities"

Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2020

Latin America and the Caribbean

Theme: "La ciencia abierta: los desafíos de los profesionales de la información en Latinoamérica y el Caribe / The challenges of information professionals in Latin America"

Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2020

Law Libraries joint with Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committee

Theme: "Libraries and Public Rights to the Law: International Perspectives on Barriers to Free Legal Information"

Deadline for proposals: 21 February 2020

LGBTQ Users

Theme: "LGBTQ+ collection development and services: best practices around the world"

Deadline for proposals: 3 April 2020

Library and Research Services for Parliaments

Theme: "Evidence-based policy’ and parliamentary library & research service practice: what works?"

Deadline for proposals: 6 March 2020

Library Buildings and Equipment joint with Environment, Sustainability and Libraries

Theme: "Something old – something new. Transforming an existing building into a new library"

Deadline for proposals: 21 February 2020

Library History

Theme: "Librarians learning from the past to inspire, connect, enable and engage"

Deadline for proposals: 21 February 2020

Library Publishing

Theme: "Library Publishing: Catalyst for Change"

Deadline for proposals: 3 April 2020

Library Services to People with Special Needs

Theme: "A New Home: Library Services to Refugees, Immigrants, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers"

Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2020

LIS Education in Developing Countries joint with Information Literacy

Theme: "Information Literacy in LIS programs in the Developing Countries"

Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2020

Local History and Genealogy joint with Indigenous Matters and Rare Books and Special Collections

Theme: "Local History and Genealogy Collection Classification, Preservation, Sharing, and Access Practices of Local Regional, and International Libraries and Institutions"

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2020

Preservation and Conservation joint with Information Technology

Theme: "Preserving complex digital objects in libraries"

Deadline for proposals: 10 March 2020

Public Libraries

Theme: "Public Libraries as a Reflection of their Communities"

Deadline for proposals: 23 March 2020

Rare Books and Special Collections joint with Statistics and Evaluation

Theme: "Heritage as Value: the Different Values of Special Collections"

Deadline for proposals: 3 May 2020

Reference and Information Services

Theme: "Enabling Information Ethics in a Technologically Saturated World"

Deadline for proposals: 13 March 2020

Religions: Libraries and Dialogue

Theme: "How to get engaged and connect libraries in the interreligious dialogue?”"

Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2020

School Libraries

Theme: "A focus on Inquiry from the perspective of the IFLA School Library Guidelines"

Deadline for proposals: 6 April 2020

Science and Technology Libraries joint with Social Science Libraries

Theme: "Open Science: Roles for Libraries to Promote Collaboration, Access and Advance Public Understanding"

Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2020

Serials and Other Continuing Resources

Theme: "Worldwide Open Access Mandates and Policies "

Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2020

Women, Information and Libraries and the Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA) joint with Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH)

Theme: "Climate change: Supporting communities, Users, Collections and Spaces in the era of Climate Uncertainty"

Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2020