Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Indigenous Matters Section


"Indigenous Continuity: How do you show your solidarity?"

The Indigenous Matters Section invites you to submit a proposal for our inaugural session in Wroclaw 2017!  Aligned with the Congress theme “Libraries. Solidarity. Society.“ Indigenous Matters is inspired by the powerful message of the congress theme that recognises a country where the most powerful union movement of the past century was born and went on to change the face of history.

The Indigenous Matters session will focus on how librarians’ and their libraries ensure indigenous continuity within their work environment, as well as out in the community so that indigenous peoples are supported, connected and empowered through their library to excel and flourish in their current social, economic, and political reality.

The goal is to create a meaningful, insightful, and useful programme of 4-6 speakers (10-15 min presentations), with an interactive audience/panel session if time allows.

Be part of the movement! Share your research, experience, learnings by submitting a proposal on a topic of your choice relating to the session theme.

Topics of interest may include:

  • Library policies, strategic plans, and services related to indigenous communities
  • Indigenous library community engagement
  • Indigenous forms of cataloguing and classification
  • Indigenous language use in the library
  • Marketing and outreach strategies to attract indigenous communities to the library
  • Indigenous literacy
  • Indigenous librarian recruitment
  • Professional development and practical application across the library
  • Library and space design that supports inclusion and timely, meaningful engagement

Language of the session

The language of the session is English.  However presenters may also give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages.  Simultaneous translation is not guaranteed; therefore presenters are encouraged to provide the PowerPoint in English to facilitate the understanding of ideas presented.

Important dates:

All proposals must be submitted by 17 February 2017. 

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 10 March 2017.

Successful candidates will submit a full paper by 16 June 2017.  The full paper will be posted online.

Proposals should include:

  1. Title of proposed presentation
  2. An abstract of the proposed paper (500-1000 words in English)
  3. Name(s) of presenter(s)
  4. Position or title of presenter(s)
  5. Employer or affiliated institution of presenter(s)
  6. Email address
  7. Indigenous/Tribal affiliation of presenter(s)
  8. Short biographical statement(s) regarding the presenter(s), and photo if possible


All proposals must be in before 17 February 2017.

Please email your proposals to:

Mrs Te Paea Taiuru

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