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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

Information Technology Section

Session Theme: "Enabling access to the global library - Small is Beautiful: Distributed deployment of library services for small and special libraries"


The IFLA annual congress provides an opportunity to present library research and outcomes in Information Technology and Innovation in a multi-disciplinary international forum. The IFLA Information Technology Section invites technologists, librarians and other interested parties working in the field of library systems to submit proposals for papers in a 2-hour session in Quebec.


Enabling access to the global library - Small is Beautiful: Distributed deployment of library services for small and special libraries.


Open Source, distributed services delivery, web services and smart clients provide new paradigms for delivery of library services technology to small and special libraries. In keeping with the theme of the 74th World Library and Information Congress, "Libraries without borders: navigating toward global understanding", we invite papers that showcase:

  • successful models for information technology innovation and service delivery to special libraries (e.g. Digital Libraries)
  • give demonstrations of how technology innovation is changing paradigms for technology delivery to small and special libraries (e.g. web services, smart clients, mash-ups, library 2.0 delivery, integration of web 2.0 in catalog services)
  • present case studies in open source application deployment that enhances interoperability between a diverse range of libraries.


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed, abstract (500 words) and full author details is 30 January 2008. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified by 1 March 2008 at the latest whether they have been successful
  2. The full paper is due on 15 May 2008 and must be an original submission not published elsewhere
  3. All submissions should be sent to:
    Alenka Kavcic-Colic
    Secretary of the Information Technology Section
    E-mail: alenka.kavcic@nuk.uni-lj.si.
  4. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail; fax or post should be used only as a last resort
  5. Papers should be of up to 4000 words
  6. Papers should be in English with an abstract, and the presenter must be fluent in English
  7. 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference
  8. 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.

Invited are the following types of contributions: papers, research studies and reports on practices and advances that will be presented at the conference and included on the conference Web site.

Reinhard Altenhöner
Chair: Information Technology Standing Committee
E-mail: R.Altenhoener@d-nb.de

The abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Information Technology Section's Standing Committee.

15-20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper during the Section's open programme in Quebec.

Selected papers can be nominated by the committee for inclusion in the IFLA Congress Journal.


Please note that the expenses of attending the Quebec conference (including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers, and at least one of the presenters/authors must be present for the program.