Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Latin America and the Caribbean Section


"Limitations and exceptions for libraries in the copyright legislation of the Latin America and the Caribbean countries: a call for action"

The Latin America and the Caribbean Section invites all the National Libraries Association and Colleges of Librarians from LAC (members of our integrated project “Impact of the copyright legislation on libraries in Latin America and the Caribbean”) to present their outcome in the LAC Session on Limitations and exceptions for libraries in the copyright legislation of the Latin America and the Caribbean countries: a call for action, during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, USA, 13-19 August 2016.

The Latin American and Caribbean Section at WLIC 2016 aims to present an analytical map of the main difficulties, problems and situations that LAC libraries are facing in fulfilling their duties to continue offering quality services adapted to the digital age. So the 20 countries which integrate our project are invited to present their testimonies and stories of the experiences of libraries in Latin America and the Caribbean facing problems caused by the lack of updating national copyright laws. Listening all of them will be a very strong and practical regional overview than can be useful to demonstrate and to reinforce the region needs to develop an international legal instrument that harmonizes the quilt that presents the current global landscape.

Submission Guidelines

All National Library association or a College of librarians from those country participating in the integrated project with IFLA LAC are invited to participate and present a report that summarizes the field research findings.

After completing the survey and interviews about the librarians problems facing the copyright law, the Association or College will be ready to write the paper to submit to the LAC Session using the questions suggested in the project description.

More information about the Integrated Project can be found at:

Please note

  • At least one of the paper’s authors must bepresent to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Columbus, Ohio. Papers 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.
  • Complete accepted papers should be 2000-5000 words in length and be an original submission not published elsewhere. A template for formatting your paper[DOC]  is provided on the WLIC 2016 website.
  • Must be written in one of the official languages of IFLA (preferably English, French, Germany or Spanish).
  • 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’ PermissionForm
  • 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.
  • On the day of the open session, each presentation will have 7 minute to present the paper using the Pecha Kucha technique.
    Please, talk with us to learn more about that: Sonia Amaya, and
    Margarita Bellas

 Important dates

12 February 2016:  National Associations and/or Colleges must deliver the document Statement of the Intention to be part of the IFLA LAC Integrated Project.

10 May 2016: – Send the final papers to and

30 May 2016:  Authors will be notified of any changes needed in the article.

15 June 2016:  Delivery of the finished text to the website de WLIC 2016.


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