Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group


"Agricultural Libraries and Information Services in attaining UN Sustainable Development Goals with Special Reference to Women in Agriculture"

[Deadline extended to: 6 March 2017]

Papers are invited to be presented at the Open Session of the Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group to be held during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) and 83rd IFLA General Conference and Assembly at Wroclaw, Poland from 19-25 August 2017.

Of the Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, the first four goals – No poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Quality Education can be said as the core and foundations of other SD goals. Agriculture is the backbone of these core goals.

The topics to be addressed include:

  • How do agricultural libraries in the country/region cater to the information needs of farmers in advancing agricultural production?
  • What strategies are being adopted by extension service providers to meet the information needs of farmers in the region/country?
  • How do university/institute libraries serve extension personnel in keeping them abreast of latest developments in agriculture?
  • What role is being played by international organizations in facilitating transfer of agriculture information to farmers in the region/country?
  • What is the role of women in agriculture in attaining the Sustainable development goals of the United Nations?

Proposal must focus on one of the topics mentioned above, based on facts rather than theoretical aspects.

Submission Guidelines

Proposal abstract (about 1000 words) must be submitted by 20 February 2017 the extended deadline of 6 March 2017 on any of the topics listed, with the topic to be discussed clearly identified.

Submission is to include author’s name, position, institution, and email address.

Important dates

6 March 2017: Deadline for submitting abstract

20 March 2017: Notification of acceptance of the proposal

20 May 2017: Deadline for submission of final paper, no more than 3,000 words. Papers can be submitted in any of the official IFLA languages: Arabic, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, but an accompanying translation of all papers into English must be provided.


All proposals must be sent to:

Dr. Ajay P. Singh, Convener, Agricultural Libraries SIG
Former Head, Department of Library & Information Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

All proposal abstracts must be received by 6 March 2017.

Proposals will be examined and reviewed by members of the Proposal Review Committee of Agricultural Libraries SIG.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Wrocław, Poland. 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 2017 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.