Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Classification and Indexing Section


"Subject access: unlimited opportunities"


11 August (afternoon) – 12 August 2016 (full day)


Ohio State Library, Columbus, Ohio, USA


Classification and Indexing Section

Conference Focus

Join colleagues from around the world in the exchange of new ideas for providing subject access. This one and one-half day Satellite Conference will explore new services, new roles, and new partners that support subject searching. Investigate implementations, use, and reuse of traditional methods, such as classification, controlled vocabularies, and mapping; newer methods; and the connections between them. Discuss how we can take advantage of new opportunities and how we can meet the challenges.

Some examples of possible topics:

  • Traditional and new methods of providing subject access: connections, competition, or co-existence?
  • Semantic Web technologies and tools for subject access.
  • Use of library subject metadata by other communities.
  • Cooperation of libraries with other partners in creation and reuse of subject metadata and knowledge organisation systems (KOS) to support discovery. Possible examples include museums, archives, publishers, and providers of index-based discovery services.
  • User needs and subject access behaviour.
  • Users as creators of subject metadata through, for example, crowdsourcing, folksonomies, social tagging, etc.

Submission Guidelines

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please provide the following in English:

  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s)/presenter(s)
  • Proposed title of the paper
  • Detailed abstract (500-1500 words)
  • Brief biographical information of all author(s)/presenter(s)
  • Contact information, including email, of all author(s)/presenter(s)

The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2016. Email proposals in .docx or .pdf format to:
Sandy Roe, Program Chair

All proposals will be reviewed by members of the IFLA Classification & Indexing Section Satellite Conference Program Committee. Selection will be based on proposal content and fit to the conference theme. Proposal authors will be notified via email on 15 March 2016.

The deadline for final papers is 30 May 2016. Papers should be original work written in English, not published elsewhere, and should be no longer than 15 double-spaced pages using a standard 12-point font. Authors will be required to present their papers at the IFLA C&I Satellite Conference. Presentations should last about 15-20 minutes and time will be allotted afterwards for questions and discussion. Presentations should be engaging, interactive, and designed to elicit thoughtful discussion from the audience. Use of PowerPoint or other visual program is encouraged for the benefit of the entire audience. The official language of the Satellite Conference is English.

Important Dates:

1 December 2015 Call for paper proposals begins
15 February 2016 Deadline for submission of paper proposals (No proposals can be accepted after this date!)
15 March 2016 Notification to authors by email
30 May 2016 Deadline for submission of final papers (No papers can be accepted after this date!)
5 August 2016 Deadline for sending presentation slides
11-12 August 2016     Satellite Conference in Columbus, OH, USA
13 August 2016 IFLA World Library and Information Congress begins in Columbus, OH, USA


All proposals must be received by 15 February 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 (travel, accommodation, etc.) are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.

Registration and other information will be made available on the Satellite conference’s website.

Congress Participation Grants

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