Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section


"The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World"

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) invites colleagues to submit proposals for its two-hour open session at the IFLA Congress in Columbus on the theme “The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World.”

The roles, activities and responsibilities of stakeholders in the serials information chain have changed, evolved and been enriched in the digital environment. Highly dynamic content is delivered through a myriad of digital methods with far less emphasis on print. Those engaged with serials and other continuing resources are involved with e-books, alternative publishing models including open access, various metrics like altmetrics, government mandates, hosting services, discovery services, data and text mining, linked data, preservation in offsite storage facilities, clouds, data, library publishing, repositories, interlibrary loan and new budget issues, Connections, collaborations and communities have shifted.  This session will include a panel discussion along with papers on current and future roles of various stakeholders such as librarians, publishers, vendors and agents.  What are or should be the functions of participants in the new serials sphere?  Or, are there new stakeholders in the ecosystem to consider and what are their roles?

We invite papers that address any or several of the following topics:

  • Open Access
  • Metrics
  • Assessment
  • Libraries as publishers
  • Non-traditional publishing
  • Institutional repositories
  • Mobile access, carriers and platforms
  • Linked data
  • Text and data mining
  • New roles for serials professionals
  • Description and discovery
  • New acquisitions models

Proposals must include the following information:

  1. Name and institution of speaker(s)
  2. Contact information for speaker(s)
  3. Brief biographical information
  4. Proposal title
  5. Brief (250 word) abstract of the proposed paper
  6. Language of presentation

Important dates

Proposal submission deadline:  20 February 2016

Notification of acceptance:  13 March 2016

Submission of completed paper:  29 May 2016

Proposals should be sent by email to:

Meg Mering, Secretary of the SOCR Standing Committee
Email: by Friday 20 February 2016.

Finalists will be notified by 13 March 2016, and will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in one of the official IFLA languages by 29 May 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Meg Mering, Secretary of Serials and other Continuing Resources Section


Sharon Dyas-Correia, Chair of the Committee


All proposals must be received by 20 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.