Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Acquisition and Collection Development Section


"Shedding Light on the Reverse Side of Acquisitions - Using Deselection to Build Stronger Collections"

Acquisition and Collection Development Section is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, USA from 13-19 August 2016.

The program will focus on the role of deselection/deaccessioning in collection development. This is an aspect of acquisitions/collection development that has received less attention among academic librarians, whereas public librarians are using deselection to build stronger collections for a long time. Fast-paced media transformation resulted in a modified service concept of academic libraries focusing on just-in-time provision of content rather than just-in-case collection development, and in a new understanding of usage as immediate return on investment. Also new concepts of space of public and academic library buildings require less book shelves in the open access areas. It is a perfect time for IFLA’s Acquisitions and Collection Development Section to highlight underestimated deselection as a means of building stronger collections during a two-hours open session at 2016 WLIC in Columbus/Ohio.

We are kindly asking for appropriate submissions shedding light on:

  • philosophy and policy of deselection in your library environment
  • your deselection activities, results and statistics
  • arguments of justification vis-à-vis funding authorities, and ethics of disposal of discarded items
  • your disposal activities.

Submission Guidelines

Full abstracts (in any of IFLA’s official languages) of up to 500 words should be submitted for review by members of the Section.

The abstracts (and finished presentation) will be original, previously unpublished work.

Please submit abstracts as an attachment in MS Word to:

Franziska Wein

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract, including title and full author details (name, professional affiliation, postal address, email address) is 28 February 2016.

Selection of papers by is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by 1 April 2016. Completed papers must be submitted no later than 1 June 2016.

Important Dates

28 February 2016: Submission of abstract
1 April 2016: Notification to authors
1 June 2016: Submission of full text We eagerly look forward to your contributions!

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Columbus, Ohio. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

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, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

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