Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Classification & Indexing Section


"Reclaiming subject access to indigenous knowledge"

The Classification & Indexing Section will be hosting an open session during the 2016 conference in Columbus, Ohio.  We are seeking papers that highlight innovative and effective ways of applying subject access to indigenous knowledge. The challenges involved affect not only libraries, but also archives, museums and other cultural institutions.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Specialized metadata systems and bibliographic data
  • Ontologies and schemas
  • Obstacles to reliable subject access
  • Socio-political considerations in subject access
  • Applications of linked open data and the semantic web
  • Structuring subject access to reflect indigenous cultures
  • Memory, identity and choices of vocabulary

Important Dates

12 February 2016 – Deadline for submitting 800 word proposals for papers and presentations. Proposals may be submitted in English or French.  A brief biographical statement of speaker(s) should also be submitted. Information should include: title of presentation; subthemes that it addresses, a short abstract, all authors, noting likely presenter; a brief statement indicating how the proposal addresses the conference theme:  Connections, Collaboration, Community ; institutional affiliations; contact information, including all email addresses.

14 March 2016   Successful proposals will be identified and information sent to all who submit proposals.

13 May 2016 – Deadline for submission of final paper and abstract, plus a brief biographical statement of speaker(s). Papers should be no more than 2000 words and can be submitted in English or French.  Attempts will be made to provide translations into other official languages. Information should include: title of presentation; subthemes that it addresses, abstract, names of all authors, noting likely presenter (or presenters); institutional affiliations; contact information, including all e-mail addresses.

31 May 2016 – Deadline for authors to return Authors’ Form.

June/July 2016 – All speakers will be notified of the time of the program.


All proposals, final papers, and questions should be sent to be sent via e-mail in a MS Word attachment to:

John DeSantis

The receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged.

At least one author will be expected to attend conference to deliver the paper.  The length of the presentations should be approximately 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions/discussion.

All proposals must be received by 12 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 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.