Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Committee on Standards


"IFLA Standards Making a Difference?"

IFLA’s Committee on Standards invites proposals for papers to be presented at their session “IFLA Standards Making a Difference?” during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, USA, 13-19 August 2016.

The session will focus on the practical impact of IFLA Standards and Guidelines within the Library and Information community. We would welcome papers that discuss:

  • Initiatives where IFLA standards have been used for advocacy, decision making and project implementation.
  • Case studies on how IFLA Sections are undertaking revisions and developing new standards

Participants are encouraged to discuss both successes and failures within their papers and preference will be given to presentations that will equip participants with ideas and skills that are transferrable.

15 minutes will be allowed for a presentation in the Conference followed by 5 minute discussion/question time. The full written paper is not to be read.

Proposals should include

  • Title of the presentation
  • Abstract of no more than 400 words
  • Author(s) name, professional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address
  • A brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words

The session will be conducted in English. All proposals, papers and presentations will be required to be in English.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be sent before 14 February 2016 via email to:

Jan Richards
Chair, Committee on Standards

Submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee with successful proposals identified and announced by 28 February 2016.

Successful applicants will have until 27 March 2016 to confirm acceptance of the offer.

The length of oral presentations will be discussed with the presenters, but is most likely 15 minutes with 5 mins question time. The Program Committee may contact you to refine your proposal.

The full paper is due on 1 June 2016.

Important Dates

Date Action
14 February 2016 Closing date for call for papers. Brief abstract required
28 February 2016 Applicants will be informed as to whether their paper has been accepted
27 March, 2016 Applicants to confirm their acceptance of the offer
31 May 2016 Authors Permission Form to be submitted
1 June 2016 Full papers must be submitted to the planning team


All proposals must be received by 14 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.