Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

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


"The Challenge of Multiple Identities. Multiethnicity in Genealogy, Local History and Regional Memory - Challenges and Opportunities for Libraries and Other Memory Institutions"


16-17 August 2017


Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania


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

Conference website


We would like to invite presenters from a wide range of countries to discuss what they have learnt from projects with a multi-ethnic component.

The main session welcomes papers that discuss:

  • saving and promoting historical and cultural memories
  • supporting contacts and understanding between different local and regional communities
  • the role of libraries, museums and archives in participatory projects based on multi-ethnic and multi-generational collaboration

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

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.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed summary (up to 250 words) and full author details is 18 March 2017. ​Proposals should be submitted using the following web address.

If this web site is unavailable, please contact the convener:

Cherie Bush directly

Bozena Rasmussen

The full papers will be published on the IFLA web site. We encourage authors to submit their papers to relevant professional journals after the conference.

To encourage interaction and debate at the session we will be using a lightning talk model. There will be a maximum of ten presentations, each allowed seven minutes.

Presentations should focus on a few central ideas or theses. Presentations with visual slides are recommended. See​ for inspiration.

The presentations will be followed by discussions at small tables, together with the individual presenters. Presenters will circulate between tables, spending about fifteen minutes at each.

The session will be conducted in English. The papers may be written in English,  Spanish, French or Russian. The proposals (abstracts), the oral presentations and the following discussions should be in English, however.

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

Both summaries and full papers should be submitted online. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort.

Papers should not be longer than 5000 words (about 20 pages double-spaced).


18 March 2017
Deadline for submitting proposals for papers. The proposals will be reviewed by representatives of the three sections.

15 April 2017
Presenters will be notified whether they have been successful.

15 June 2017
Deadline for submission of the full paper. The paper should be an original submission not published  elsewhere.


Please direct any questions to the session convener:

Cherie Bush


Proposals must be received by 18 March 2017.

Please note

At least one of the authors must be present to deliver the lightning talk and to participate in the discussions in Vilnius.

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 for attending the satellite meeting (eg. travel, accommodation, etc.) are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.