Call for Papers: Open Sessions

National Information and Library Policy Special Interest Group


"The role of National Libraries in contributing towards the development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)"

The National Information & Library Policy Special Interest Group (NILP-SIG) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a session at the 2016 IFLA Conference on The role of National Libraries in contributing towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

The Interest Group would therefore like to extend a call for papers which should focus on country, regional or continental initiatives by national libraries in support of the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

The theme is intended to put National Libraries at the forefront of national development as an important part of the new sustainable development agenda. Each of the SDG’s has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Some of these goals fall within the competence of libraries, thereby providing an opportunity for national libraries to make a meaningful contribution to societal development and nation building.


The following time-lines are important to note:

             Activity          Date
 Announcement of Call for papers 18 January 2016
Closure of Call for papers 28 February 2016
Notification of results 04 March 2016

Detailed abstracts outlining how the theme will be approached and should be e-mailed to:

Prof MD Rocky Ralebipi-Simela, Chair NILP-SIG
Email:, on or before 28 February 2016.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, and should be forwarded as an attachment in MS Word.


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.

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