Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Science and Technology Section


"The Role of Libraries and Librarians in Scientific and Technological Data Management & Archiving"

Data sets are increasing in importance around the world. Funding agencies are adopting policies that the research article and data associated therewith must be publicly accessible. Additionally, at the end of the research funding period, the entire dataset must be available as well.  To insure proper identification, access, and preservation of the data set the principles of library and archival sciences must be applied to assist researchers to comply with these policy requirements and to establish new best practices within their disciplines. This program will focus on the issues raised by these expanding roles of Libraries and Librarians in the data management process.


The Science and Technological Libraries Section invites papers to explore this topic focused on the following themes. Papers that report research findings rather than individual case studies will have a greater likelihood of selection for the program.

  1. Global expectations – what is the status of access to data on the international scene?   What is the potential for collaboration on the international scene?
  2. Policy Development – what are the challenges of policy development on the university, national and international levels? Are there success stories and lessoned learned? What are the principles that underlie a strong policy development?
  3. Education and Training: are library/archival/information science programs focusing on this new role of librarianship? If so, what is the curriculum? Does this attract a different interest group from traditional librarianship? Does it require different disciplinary background that has not traditionally been attracted to librarianship? What type of professional development is necessary for librarians already in the profession to cultivate expertise in the area of data management
  4. Partnerships, collaboration, expertise – what new partnerships must evolve between research fields and libraries, within institutions and in the research process
  5. Software technologies and tools – is there a common understanding of software or tools available to manage data? Is it a repository only or must it be something more integrated into the research process? What is the role of ORCID, Data Cite and R3Data for providing access to data sets?

Please submit proposals to:

Annelie Janred
Program Chair, IFLA Science & Technology Libraries Section

The section invites speakers from all library environments (academic, public, government, special) who can address any of these themes in a 15-20 minute presentation at the WLIC meeting. The goal is to create a diverse program of 4-5 speakers representing libraries from different parts of the world who have different experiences to share that will advance this agenda. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere and as previously stated, should report research findings rather than individual case studies. It is hoped that all presenters will be able to prepare a formal paper, as well as a PowerPoint presentation, however IFLA realizes that it may be impractical to require that every speaker prepare a formal paper and PowerPoint slides. If that is the case, those speakers must prepare a substantial abstract, including references with URLs and bibliographies to accompany their presentation. All selected papers will have abstracts and links to full papers on the conference website. Presentations can be made in any of the official IFLA languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, but an accompanying translation of all papers into English must be provided. Discussion at the conclusion of the presentations will be highly encouraged.

All proposals will be reviewed by a jury composed of members of the Science & Technology Section.

Important Dates with which to comply:

19 February 2016 – Deadline for submitting 300 word proposals for papers and presentations, or substantial abstracts of 500 words if no paper will be prepared, plus a very brief biographical statement of speaker(s). Information should include: title of presentation; sub-themes that it addresses; abstract; all authors, noting likely presenter; institutional affiliations; contact information, including all eMail addresses

7 March 2016 – Announcement of final program and communication with all who submit proposals. IFLA HQ notified of outcome from call.

3 June 2016 – Deadline for submission of final paper. Papers should be no more than 3,000 words and papers can be submitted in any of the official IFLA languages: Arabic, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, but an accompanying translation of all papers into English must be provided. Attempts will be made to provide translations into other official languages.

30 June 2016 – Deadline for all PowerPoint presentations from Speakers

June/July 2016 – All speakers will be notified of the time of the program.

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 speakers should be encouraged to submit a paper in advance which supports their planned presentation and which will be made available through the IFLA Library.

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.