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IFLA Conference

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

"Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"

10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada

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Call for Papers

Classification and Indexing Section

Theme: Classification and indexing without language borders

The IFLA Classification and Indexing Section will be hosting a two-hour session at Québec conference that will consist of the presentation of four papers. Librarians, academics and other information professionals around the world are invited to submit paper proposals for the open session on the theme.

Proposals should focus on one of the following areas:

  • Bi- or multi-lingual indexing.
  • Mappings between heterogeneous indexing vocabularies.
  • Linking of classifications and/or indexing languages.
  • Translations of classifications.
  • Classifications as mediators between scripts and languages.
  • Subject interoperability.
  • Multi-lingual searching in library catalogues.
  • International cooperation in subject authority control.


If you are interested in contributing, please send:

  • An abstract of 300-500 words in English including a title.
  • An outline of the presentation.
  • Brief biographical information of the author(s)/presenter(s) with current employment information.
  • Your mailing address.

All this by January 31, 2008 to:
Mrs Yvonne Jahns
Coordinator of the Selection Committee
E-mail: y.jahns@d-nb.de
Fax: +49 341 2271 444

The submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee of the Classification and Indexing Section Standing Committee. The selection will be based on the abstracts and rated on how well they fit the programme theme. Authors will be contacted by February 15, 2008.

For successful applicants the deadline for submission of full papers is April 15, 2008 to allow time for review of papers and preparation of translations. The papers must be original submissions, not published elsewhere, and should be no longer than 15 pages, double-spaced. Papers should be in one of the IFLA languages with a version in English to allow for translation in other IFLA languages.

Presentations at the conference will be limited to approx. 20 minutes at the Section's open session and will be a summary of the original paper and may use PowerPoint. We strongly recommend that the presentation slides are in English because simultaneous interpretation is not guaranteed.

Please note that no financial support can be provided. The expenses of attending the Québec conference will be the responsibility of the author(s) / presenter(s) of accepted papers. For information on the IFLA Classification and Indexing Section, please see http://archive.ifla.org/VII/s29/index.htm.