Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Metropolitan Libraries Section


"Regenerating the public library? Rebranding, retail and Dewey-less versus traditional models"

IFLA’s Metropolitan Libraries Section invites you to submit a proposal for its programme at the 82nd IFLA World Library and Information Congress to be held in Columbus, U.S.A., 13-19 August 2016.

Session theme

The Section intends to explore best practices and case studies in public libraries of large urban areas all over the world dealing with new revitalizing trends.

We are seeking 5-6 thoughtful, high quality papers (presentations of 10-15 minutes each), addressing the following areas:

  • rebranding: libraries which changed their name, innovated in logo, service model, direction, job descriptions
  • the retail model: libraries inspired by the retail or other sectors
  • Dewey-less libraries: new types of classification, new ways of book display
  • future programming: digital technologies, literary and arts, intercultural programming, etc.; the challenges coming from new users and the competition of bookshops and other institutions
  • successful efforts in leveraging skilful community engagement and inclusion, to create new capacities and possibilities for public libraries
  • future models of public library

and, on the opposite side:

  • success stories from public libraries which firmly believe in the traditional model
  • programmes based rigorously on (printed) books and readers development

Submission Guidelines

Full abstracts (in any of IFLA’s official languages) of up to 500 words should be submitted for review by members of the Section.  The abstracts (and finished presentation) will be original, previously unpublished work.

Please submit abstracts as an attachment in MS Word to:

Corrado Di Tillio


Siobhan Reardon

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract, including title and full author details (name, professional affiliation, postal address, email address) is 28 February 2016.

Selection of papers by is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by 15 March 2016.

Completed papers must be submitted no later than 1 June 2016.

It is understood that authors of successful papers will deliver them in person at the IFLA Congress in Columbus, at the author’s own expense.

In accordance with IFLA’s Open Access Statement all papers presented at the WLIC 2015 will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Authors of submitted papers will need to sign IFLA’s Author form. The papers and presentations will be made available through the IFLA Library.

Important Dates

28 February 2016 Submission of abstract
15 March 2016 Notification to authors
1 June 2016 Submission of full text


All proposals must be received by 28 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.