Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group


"Animal Agriculture Information Systems: An International Perspective"

[Deadline extended to: 5 March 2016]


Papers are invited to be presented at the Open Session organized by the Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group during the 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Columbus, Ohio, United States in August 2016 on the theme: Animal Agriculture Information Systems: An International Perspective

Animal agriculture has been defined as the practice of breeding animals for the production of animal products and for recreational purposes. Main food animals include dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep and goat.

This session is aimed at discussing current trends in providing library and information services to ranchers / dairy farmers/ poultry farmers in developed and developing countries.

The topics to be addressed include:

  1. How do agricultural university/Institute libraries in the country/region cater to the information needs of ranchers/dairy/poultry farmers?
  2. What strategies are being adopted by extension service providers to meet the information needs of ranchers/dairy/poultry farmers in the region/country?
  3. How do university/institute libraries serve extension personnel in keeping them abreast of latest developments in animal agriculture?
  4. What role is being played by international organizations such as FAO and CGIAR institutes in facilitating transfer of animal agriculture information to ranchers/dairy /poultry farmers in the region/country?
  5. Developments in providing open access to animal agriculture extension bulletins in the country/region
  6. Other possible topics include:
  • Animal Identification Information Systems
  • Animal Feed Resources Information Systems
  • Grasslands Information Systems
  • Rangelands Information Systems and Services
  • World Animal Health Information System

Proposal must focus on one of the topics mentioned based on facts rather than theoretical aspects.

Submission Guidelines

Proposal abstract (about 1000 words) must be submitted by 15 February 2016 the extended deadline of 5 March 2016 on any of the topics listed, with the topic to be discussed clearly identified.

Submission is to include author’s name, position, institution, and email address.

Important dates

5 March 2016: Deadline for submitting abstract

10 March 2016: Notification of acceptance

15 May 2016: Deadline for submission of final paper, no more than 3,000 words. Papers can be submitted in any of the official IFLA languages: Arabic, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, but an accompanying translation of all papers into English must be provided.

30 June 2016 – Deadline for PowerPoint presentation from the speakers


All proposals must be received by 5 March 2016.

All proposals must be sent to:

Dr. Ajay P. Singh

Copy should be sent to:

Dr. Deva E. Reddy
Program Chair

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.