Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section joint with Acquisition and Collection Development


"Open Access: Action Required"

[Deadline extended to: 15 May 2017]


16 August (starting at 12 noon) – 17 August 2017 (9:00 am to 6:00 pm)


European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, Poland

Sponsored by: IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources
Co-sponsored by: IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development
Hosted by: Joseph Conrad Voivodship and City Public Library in Gdańsk, Poland

Scope / Objectives of the Satellite meeting

Open Access (OA) resources are important to the information needs of today’s researchers. Over the years, the number of OA resources has grown substantially and will continue to do so. They are here to stay. This satellite will address how libraries and others are meeting the challenges of Open Access. It will attempt to answer how libraries are staffing and organizing operations to support OA. Another focus will be how libraries identify OA resources and market them to their communities. The satellite will also consider long term preservation of OA resources.

The program will be divided into three sessions titled:

  • Long-term preservation of Open Access Resources,
  • Marketing of Open Access Resources, and
  • Discovery and Access of Open Access Resources.

Librarians, information professionals, researchers, editors, and others are invited to submit paper proposals addressing topics that relate with one of the three session themes.

Examples of such topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Selecting and identifying OA resources
  • Discoverability of OA resources and datasets
  • Best practices for staffing and organizing OA operations
  • Promoting and Marketing OA resources
  • Partnerships between vendors and librarians for OA
  • Institutional Repositories and long term preservation solutions
  • Recruiting authors for OA publishing

Submissions and Selection Process

If you are interested in submitting a paper proposal, please provide the following in English:

  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s)/presenter(s)
  • Proposed title of the paper
  • Proposed abstract of the paper (no more than 500 words)
  • Brief biographical information of all author(s)/presenter(s)
  • Contact information, including email, of all author(s)/presenter(s)

The deadline for proposal submission is 1 May 2017 extended to 15 May 2017.

Please email proposals in .PDF or .DOCX format to:
Meg Mering, Secretary of the IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources

All proposals will be reviewed by members of the IFLA SOCRS Satellite Conference Organising Committee. Selection will be based on proposal content and fit to the conference theme. Proposal authors will be notified via email by 30 May 2017.

Authors should submit proposals only if they are able to attend the Satellite Conference. At least one author for each accepted paper must attend the Satellite Conference presentation. This requirement ensures that the author(s) of the papers and attendees of the conference have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussion with colleagues about the presentations and other related topics, leading to a more robust professional experience.

The deadline for final papers is 3 July 2017. Papers should be original work written in English, not published elsewhere, and should be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages using a standard 12-point font. Authors will be required to present their papers at the IFLA SOCRS Satellite Conference. Presentations should last about 15-20 minutes and time will be allotted afterwards for questions and discussion. Presentations should be engaging, interactive, and designed to elicit thoughtful discussion from the audience. Use of PowerPoint or other visual program is encouraged for the benefit of the entire audience. The official language of the Satellite Conference is English.

Important Dates

  • 15 May 2017: Deadline for proposal submission
  • 30 May 2017: Notification to submitters
  • 3 July 2017: Deadline for authors to submit completed papers


For questions about the Call for Papers, please contact:

Meg Mering, Secretary of the IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources,

For issues related to Gdańsk, Poland, please contact the local organizers:

Matylda Filas


Zuza Wiorogórska

Additional information about the IFLA Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section and the Acquisition and Collection Development Section can be found online via the Website or Facebook.

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.

Satellite Planning & Program Committee

Sharon Dyas-Correia, Chair, IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources
Ann Okerson, Chair, IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development
Meg Mering, Secretary, IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources
Christina McCawley, Information Coordinator, IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources
Sirpa Janhonen, Secretary, IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development
Matylda Filas, Local Arrangements, University of Warsaw Library, Poland
Zuza Wiorogórska, Local Arrangements, University of Warsaw Library, Poland
Gaëlle Bequet, ISSN International Center, France
Blanca Rodríguez Bravo, University of Leon, Spain
Smita Joshipure, Arizona State University, United States
Beata Katrincova, University Library in Bratislava, Slovakia
J.K. Vijayakumar, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia
Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress, United States