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World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"

10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada

Spanish translation 

Call for Papers

Bibliography Section

Session Theme: "National Bibliography Agencies without borders - experiences on collaboration with other producers of bibliographic data"

NBA's are facing a scenario with at least two chief characteristics:

On one hand, increasing numbers of publications may potentially be included in national bibliographies. The web makes it easier to publish new titles and offers new business models and distribution methods based on downloads. This has led to an explosion of digital editions of previously published titles as well as the simultaneous publication of many new titles in both print and online formats.

On the other hand, production costs for the bibliographic data used to create entries in national bibliographies are often being questioned.

To meet the challenges of this scenario, NBA's should break down borders and look for opportunities to collaborate with other parties with an interest in the creation of bibliographic data.

The theme of the Open session of Bibliography Section is to highlight examples of such collaboration:

  • What other types of bibliographic data producer can NBA's best collaborate with?
  • How can the collaborators, particularly NBA's, benefit from such cooperation?


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed, abstract (500 words) and full author details is 1 January 2008. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by mid-February 2008 at the latest whether they have been successful
  2. The full paper is due on 1 May 2008 and must be an original submission not published elsewhere
  3. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail; fax. Post should be used only as a last resort
  4. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced
  5. Papers should be in English with an abstract, and the presenter must be fluent in English
  6. 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference
  7. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a summary curriculum vitae with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.

Full abstracts (500 words) should be prepared following the template provided below. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Bibliography Standing Committee. Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.

Purpose of this paper:
What are the reason(s) for writing the paper (or the aims of the research)?

How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the study. What is the approach to the topic, and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper?

What was found in the course of the work? This will refer to analysis, discussion, or results.

Research limitations/implications (if applicable):
If research is reported on in the paper, this section must be completed and should include suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process. Practical implications (if applicable): What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? All papers should have practical applications. What changes to practice might be made as a result of this research/paper?

What is original/value of paper:
What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to whom.

Please send your abstract by 1. January 2008 to:
Mr. Neil Wilson,
Bibliography SC, session organizer
E-mail: neil.wilson@bl.uk
Mr. Carsten H. Andersen
Bibliography SC, session organizer
E-mail: cha@dbc.dk