Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Preservation and Conservation Section joint with the Association International Francophone des Bibliothécaires et Documentalistes (AIFBD) in collaboration with the Médiathèque Valais


"New challenges for the preservation of documentary heritage"

Translation: français

[Deadline extended to: 20 January 2017]


16-17 August 2017


Sierre, Valais, Switzerland

The Association internationale francophone de bibliothécaires et documentalistes ( is holding its fourth congress in Sierre, Valais Switzerland, in cooperation with the IFLA Preservation and Conservation Section (P&C) and the Médiathèque Valais.

Theme and issues

Documentary, technological, legislative, economic, socio-political and environmental developments represent strategic challenges for libraries. They need to position themselves in order to implement appropriate conservation measures based on their priorities and available resources.

This theme was chosen in memory of Danielle Mincio, president of AIFBD elected in 2014 who passed away while in office. Ms. Mincio was also Chair of the IFLA Preservation and Conservation Section. She always showed great interest in conservation and worked for many years in the Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire (BCU) de Lausanne in Switzerland. This scientific symposium is in her honour and calls for submissions for papers on this general theme and around the following related topics:

  • Conservation of documentary heritage (analogue / digital): management / policies / strategies / training
  • Risk management and emergency or contingency plans
  • Metadata and preservation
  • Oral tradition and conservation
  • The balance between conservation mandates, dissemination and value / marketing
  • National and international cooperation

The program committee would like to receive research paper proposals as well as papers describing concrete experiences and best practices.

Submission guidelines

Please submit your proposal for a presentation of about 20 minutes before December 20 2016. The proposal should contain an abstract of 500 words maximum (1 page), (Word or PDF, Times New Roman 12) and brief biographical information of the author(s) (1 pages maximum) and be sent in an electronic format.

Complete accepted papers should be 3000-6000 words in length, be an original submission not published elsewhere.

In accordance to IFLA’s Open Access policy, all papers will be available under a Creative Commons attribution 4.0 license. Authors will need to sign IFLA’s Authors’ Permission Form.

Proposals should be sent to:

Réjean Savard, Chair of the Program Committee

Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the authors/presenters.

Official language of the congress

The congress will be in French and English and proposals may be submitted in either of  these two languages. English presentations should be accompanied by slides (Powerpoint) in French. Assistance in preparing the slides in French will be provided.

Proposal selection

Proposals will be evaluated on their scientific quality (relevance to the topics, theoretical soundness, methodological aspects and original perspectives).

Important dates and timelines

20 December 2016 20 January 2017:   Submission of proposal
February 2017:                                          Notification to authors
June 2017:                                                   Submission of full text
16-17 August 2017:                                  Congress
Early 2018:                                                  Publication of the papers

Program Committee

Antonia Arahova, Bibliothèque nationale de Grèce
Aïda Chebbi, Institut Supérieur de Documentation, Tunisie
Bernard Dione, Directeur des études, EBAD, Dakar, Sénégal
Antonin Benoit Diouf, Conservateur des bibliothèques, IDEP-Dakar, Sénégal
Marwa El Sahn, Directrice, Centre d’activités Francophones, Biblioteca Alexandrina (Égypte)
Ornella Foglieni, AIB, Associazione Italiania Biblioteche, MAB (Musei – Archivi – Biblioteche)
Loubna Ghaouti, Bibliothèques de l’Université Laval, Québec
Jacques Hellemans, Bibliothèque de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique
Franck Hurinville, Action internationale, Bibliothèque nationale de France
Alenka Kavčič-Čolić, Head of Library Research Centre, National and University Library Slovenia
Patrice Landry, Soutien à la Direction, Bibliothèque nationale suisse
Élisabeth Lavigueur, Infocyble, Canada
Éric Le Ray, psychotechnologue de la communication théorique, Montréal
Sophie Dibounje Madiba, Centre de documentation du CERDOTOLA (Institution inter-états de Coopération scientifique pour la préservation, la diffusion et la mise en valeur du patrimoine africain), Cameroun
Sabine Mas, EBSI, Université de Montréal
Eustache Mêgnigbêto, Bureau d’étude et de recherche en sciences de l’information, Cotonou, Bénin
Pascal Mouhouelo, Bibliothèque du Bureau régional de l’OMS pour l’Afrique, Brazzaville, Congo
Heather Moulaison, School of library and information science, University of Missouri, USA
Tristan Müller, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Canada
My Loan Duong, Bibliothécaire consultante, Montréal, Québec
Émilie Ngo-Nguidjol Songolo, Senior Academic Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Becky Ryder, Director, Keeneland Library, USA
Véronique Thomé, Conservateur en chef et Responsable de la conservation des collections et des services publics, BCMN / Palais du Louvre, Paris, France
Ludmila N. Zaytseva, Russian State Library, Russia


All proposals must be received by 20 December 2016 20 January 2017.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program of the Satellite Meeting.

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.