Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Cataloguing Section


"Sharing is caring"

IFLA Cataloguing Section (CATS) invite you to submit a proposal for the CATS open session at the 83rd IFLA General Conference and Assembly to be held in Wrocław, Poland, 19-25 August 2017.

The session is entitled “Sharing is caring” and focus on information as the foundation on which a democratic society grows. An important role for libraries is to further the sharing and exchange of data within and outside our sector. In the cataloguing world this means the creation and development of new data models, where entity description gives better opportunities to cluster resources and reuse metadata, ultimately serving the user experience. It can also mean active work with linked data, promoting open data licensing and open source solutions. Metadata is a valuable commodity. To enable its sharing and reuse is both an act of solidarity and a way to make most of our investment.

The planning group is inviting contributions on:

  • New data models as a means of furthering the reuse of data
  • Use cases on metadata sharing and reuse: between organizations, cross-domain and international
  • Linked open data in practice: reuse of library data (authority, subject and bibliographic data)
  • Sharing and pooling resources and increase value
  • National and international cooperation   


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract in English (400 words) and author details is 28 February 2017. Information should include: title of presentation; subthemes that it addresses, a short abstract, all authors; institutional affiliations; contact information, including all email addresses. A brief biographical statement of speaker(s) (no more than 50 words) should also be submitted.
  2. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and authors will be notified whether they have been successful by March 2017.
  3. The full paper is due early May 2017 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. All papers presented must be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license; authors of submitted papers have to sign IFLA’s Author Form which formalises this. All papers presented will be made available through IFLA library in advance.
    A final version of the paper, incorporating new insights gained during the presentation can be submitted for publication shortly after the conference.
  4. Both abstract and full text papers should be submitted in a Word file by e-mail to the addresses given below.
  5. Each abstract will be reviewed by a programme committee appointed by the Standing committee of the Cataloguing section. The planning group reserves the right to ask applicants to make small adjustments to the shape of their papers to support the needs of the program.
  6. Papers should be between 8-12 pages, double spaced and include an abstract.
  7. Papers should be in one of the official IFLA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish)
  8. Approximately 30 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the conference (including questions). The full written paper is not to be read. The presentation shall be made in an official IFLA language but the presenter does not need to be the author.
  9. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and a brief biographical note (no more than 50 words) when submitting the abstract. When submitting the full paper, include information about who will be presenting the paper and in which language.
  10. Please note that 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 can be issued to authors.

All proposals must be received by 28 February 2017.

Please send your abstracts to:

Miriam Säfström 
Chair of the IFLA Cataloguing Section

Important Dates

28 February 2017: Submission of abstract

March 2017: Notification to authors

early May 2017: The full paper is due

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.