Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Acquisition and Collection Development joint with Serials and Other Continuing Resources


"Libraries as Publishers: Building a Global Community"

[Deadline extended to: 30 March 2016]


10-12 August 2016

[10 August until 5 p.m. – 12 August concluding 2 p.m.]


University of Michigan

[190 miles from Columbus, Ohio.  This is an easy drive, and various forms of transport are available, including the Detroit airport, 30 minutes away.  Additional information provided on request.]


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


Library Publishing Coalition and the University of Michigan Library

Conference Website

Call for Proposals and Papers

Libraries are engaging, with increasing success, in the dissemination of original scholarly and literary materials. Both public and academic libraries are becoming publishers for their communities.  Over the last few years, the number of libraries with a commitment to publishing has grown substantially, with both academic and public libraries finding a strong demand for their services.  The latest Library Publishing Directory profiles more than 115 libraries with active publishing programs, most in North America but an increasing number in other continents.  A global community of library publishers is forming, and this meeting provides the ideal opportunity to meet with colleagues from around the world to identify common themes, brainstorm about shared challenges, and identify future opportunities for information exchange and collaboration.

The program will comprise three half-day sessions titled “Understanding the Vision,”Implementing the Vision” and “Sustaining and Growing the Vision.”

We invite proposals in English (up to 300 words) for 10-15 minute presentations addressing topics that align with one of the three session themes.

Examples of such topics might include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Reflecting on the outcomes of a specific library publishing program or project
  • The emerging impact/role of library-published work in collection development
  • Launching a small, open-access journal from within a library
  • How a library publishing program or individual publication can achieve financial sustainability
  • The role of the library in meeting scholars’ obligations to freely disseminate their work
  • The role of the library in supporting innovation in digital scholarship/publishing
  • Opportunities for collaboration between university libraries and university presses
  • Case studies of existing projects

We welcome submissions from around the globe and particularly those from outside of North America.

Important Dates:

4 March 2016 Extended to 30 March 2016: Deadline to submit paper proposals to:

8 April 2016: Notification to submitters

1 September 2016: Deadline for authors to submit completed papers

Satellite Planning & Programme Committee:

Ann Okerson, Chair, IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development
Sharon Dyas-Correia, Chair, IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources
Maria Bonn, Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Illinois
Sarah Lippincott, Program Director, Library Publishing Coalition
Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing, University of Michigan
Rebecca Welzenbach, Director of Strategic Integration and Partnerships, Michigan Publishing


All proposals must be received by 4 March 2016.

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 2016 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.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.