Call for Papers: Open Sessions

LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group



“When you center the lives of those who are on the margins of the dominant society, you create a system that better serves us all.”

(Adapted from Jama Shelton, PhD)

For IFLA WLIC 2017 we’ve chosen intersectionality as the theme of our program.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Users Special Interest Group (LGBTQ) seeks submissions from scholars and practitioners that address the ways in which libraries can provide access to information relating to LGBTQ+ lives as they intersect with the lived experiences of other identities.

A list of possible topics includes intersections between LGBTQ+ lives and one or more of these:

  • Race/culture
  • Gender
  • Religious beliefs
  • Socioeconomic status/class
  • Disabilities
  • Physical and mental health
  • Aging
  • Legal status
  • Refugees/immigrants
  • The criminal justice system
  • Housing status
  • Age

Public, academic, school and special librarians, as well as other professionals, are encouraged to offer submissions that provide insights and/or practical actions related to intersectional LGBTQ+ lives. The LGBTQ SIG encourages submissions that highlight the ways in which libraries can help our users navigate society at large, expanding on the 2017 WLIC theme of “Libraries. Solidarity. Society.”

Presenters are expected to prepare a formal paper, as well as a PowerPoint (or other audio/visual) presentation. All presenters’ works, with abstracts and links to full papers, will be offered on the conference website. Papers and presentations may be in any of the official IFLA languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian. However, an accompanying translation of all papers into English should be provided. Efforts will be made to provide translations into other official IFLA languages as well.

Important Dates

28 February 2017

Deadline for submitting 300 word proposals for papers/presentations, plus a brief 80-100 words biography for each presenter.

Please include:

  • Title of presentation
  • Abstract
  • All authors. Please note likely presenter(s)
  • Institutional affiliation(s)
  • Contact information for each person, including all email addresses. Please note primary contact

28 March 2017

Announcement of final program and communication with all who submitted proposals. IFLA Headquarters notified of list of accepted and committed presenters.

1 June 2017

Deadline for submission of final paper. Papers should be no more than 3,000 words.

30 June 2017

PowerPoint or other audio/visual due.

June/July 2017

Presenters will be notified of the time of the program.

Submission Guidelines

Full abstracts (in any of IFLA’s official languages) of up to 300 words should be submitted for review.

Please submit abstracts as an attachment in MS Word to:

Anne Reddacliff

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract is 28 February 2017.

Presenters will be notified by 28 March 2017. Completed papers must be submitted no later than 1 June 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.