Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Genealogy and Local History Section joint with Asia and Oceania Section and Information Technology Section


"New insights at the intersection of genealogy and other professional communities - including librarians, archivists, historians, demographers, linguists, anthropologists and geneticists"

[Deadline extended to: 1 April 2017]

The activities of these communities tend to overlap through their work with the same  sets of historical documents. Modern society presupposes cooperation between different sectors and today’s users expect our libraries, archives, and other institutions with genealogical collections to reflect this. These organizations cannot remain closed and introvert, but need to combine their specialized and inward-directed work with inter-institutional and cross-disciplinary activities. In other words: hybridization.

Date:  Monday 21 August 2017

Venue of the Off-site Open Session: Lower Silesian Public library (Dolnoslaska Biblioteka Publiczna im. Tadeusza Mikulskiego) – Wroclaw, ul Rynek 58 (The Old City), Poland.

For the full session program and registration, follow the link: WBP Library

Genealogy and Local History Section joint with Asia and Oceania Section and Information Technology Section invite proposals for papers to be presented at their joint full-day (Off-Site) Session to be held during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Wroclaw, Poland.

The session welcomes papers that discuss:

  • Innovative programming and use of historical and genealogical collections
  • Intergenerational approaches to programming and outreach
  • Integration of genealogical materials and research into school curricula
  • Collaborative work with historical and genealogical societies
  • Harnessing the energy of volunteers
  • Genetic genealogy and the promise of DNA

We encourage evidence based practice and invite presentations and analysis of projects which can be of practical value to others. Submissions in other formats than academic papers (such as reports, essays) are welcome.

Participants are encouraged to discuss both successes and failures in their papers.

For additional information, please read the Explanatory Note.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (up to 250 words) and full author details is 18 March 2017 1 April 2017.

Proposals should be submitted using the following web address:

If this website is unavailable, please contact the convener

Kate Cordes directly, by Email:

The abstracts will be notified whether they have been successful by 15 April 2017. The full paper is due on 15 June 2017.

It should be an original submission not published elsewhere.

To encourage interaction and debate at the conference session, we will be using a lightning talk model.

There will be a maximum of then presenters, each allowed no more than 7 minutes.

Individual presentations should focus on a few central ideas or theses. Presentations that use pictures to communicate are recommended.
See: for inspiration.

The presentations will be followed by discussions at small tables. Presenters will move from table to table, spending about fifteen minutes at each.

The session will be conducted in English. The actual papers may be written in English, Spanish, French or Russian, Polish or other East European languages. The proposals (abstracts), the oral presentations and the following discussion should be in English, however.

The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper.

Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as digital files by email. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort.

Papers should be 5000 words maximum (about 20 pages double-spaced).


Please direct questions to the session convener:

Kate Cordes, New York Public Library, USA


All proposals must be received by 1 April 2017.

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.