Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Government Information and Official Publications Section


"Government Information Publishing Programmes: Past, Present and Future"

[Deadline extended to: 28 February 2016]

The Government Information and Official Publications Section will be hosting an open session during the 2016 conference in Columbus, Ohio.

What have been the practices of government information publishing over time? What is the current state of affairs in the government information publishing landscape?  How have government publishing programs and depositories evolved to succeed in a primarily digital environment?  This paper session will attempt to provide answers to these questions by bringing in speakers from regional, national and international government organizations, as well as those partnering with governments to preserve, disseminate, and provide access to government information and data in an online era. Speakers will be addressing the evolving nature of government publishing and depositories, the changing formats of government publishing, and the preservation of government information in an environment where virtually all government information is born digital.

  1.  We are seeking a keynote paperfor the session, on a topic relating to the session theme.
  2. We are seeking 4 session papers, and we encourage information professionals, government officials, government publishers and government information partners to submit proposals for papers on a topic relating to the session theme.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The role of government and depository libraries in the digital era.
  • National and international government publishing and preservation.
  • Statutory legal deposits (i.e. history, compliance, related Acts, and relationships to National and/or Parliamentary Libraries).
  • Government publishing cost-recovery programs and databases.
  • Open government data
  • Government publishing, copyright, and digital rights management.
  • Mass digitization of government information.
  • Government information, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and access to information.

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is 7th February 2016 extended to Sunday, the 28th February 2016.

Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by mid-March 2016.

  1. The full paper is due on 31 May 2016and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.
  2. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail.
  3. Papers should be no more than 4,000 words, single spaced in Times New Roman 12 point.
  4. Papers and abstracts should be in English.
  5. The author(s) should include their full contact details and a brief biographical note.

Content of abstracts

Informative abstracts (500 words) should be prepared following the template provided below. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Government Information and Official Publications Section Program Committee.

Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered

Purpose of this paper. What are the reason(s) for writing the paper, or the aims of the research?

How does the paper relate to the theme of the session?

Practical implications (if applicable). 
What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified?  What changes to practice might be made as a result of this research/paper?

What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to whom.

Presentation of accepted papers

  1. The presenter (who need not be the author) must be fluent in English: there will be no interpretation service at this open session.
  2. 20 minutes will be allowed in the session for a summary delivery of the paper, with time for questions; the full written paper should not be read.


Please send your abstract by Sunday 28 February 2016 to these 3 persons:

Mr. James Church, GIOPS Chair

Ms. Susan Paterson, GIOPS Information Coordinator

Mr. Geoffrey Swindells

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.