Calls for Papers for Open Sessions


The professional programme of the IFLA WLIC 2023 is shaped by open sessions organised by IFLA’s Professional Units and curated by the Professional Council. Every year, the IFLA Professional Units (Sections, Special Interest Groups, Review Groups, and Advisory Committees) issue Calls for Papers to receive proposals from colleagues around the world.

Calls are collected on this page as soon as they become available.

The Calls for Papers describe the specific focus of IFLA units for WLIC in 2023. IFLA is not able to accept general abstracts or papers unrelated to specific calls for papers.

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Open Session

Information Technology Section and Library Buildings and Equipment Section

Theme: “Technology-Enhanced Library Learning Environments, Architectural Spatial Design and New Information Technology Possibilities”

Deadline for proposals: 21 April 2023

Audiovisual and Multimedia Section and Information Technology Section

Theme: “AR/VR, metaverse, immersive technologies – building sustainable communities”

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2023

Information Technology Section

Theme: “Digital Technologies and Sustainability: Say Your Piece in 7+3”

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2023

Science & Technology (SciTech) Libraries Section

Theme: “Decoding Citizen Science: Putting Libraries in the Public Sphere”

Deadline for proposals: 24 April 2023

Local History and Genealogy Section

Theme: “Colonialism and Libraries, Archives, & Museums”

Deadline for proposals: 24 April 2023

Law Libraries Section

Theme: “Law Libraries Powering Sustainable Development Goals”

Deadline for proposals: 21 April 2023

Social Sciences Libraries Section (SocSci) and Reference and Information Services (RISS) Section

Theme: “Bringing Back Patrons to the Library: Promoting Community and In-Person Programming in Digital World”

Deadline for proposals: 23 April 2023

Health and Biosciences Libraries Section

Theme: “Demonstrating Sustainability in Health and Biosciences Libraries”

Deadline for proposals: 26 April 2023

Information Technology Section, Subject Analysis and Access Section and Cataloguing Section

Theme: “Library data in the world of machine learning: ethics, bias and algorithms”

Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2023

Academic and Research Libraries Section

Theme: “From Gutenberg to ChatGPT: Will AI Change the Mission of Academic and Research Libraries?”

Deadline for proposals: 28 April 2023

Rare Books and Special Collections Section

Theme: “21st-century description for heritage collections: changing perspectives, changing language, changing cultures.”

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2023

Cataloguing, Information Technology and Subject Analysis and Access Sections

Theme: “Utopia, threat or opportunity? Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for cataloguing”

Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2023


Bibliography section

Theme: “National Bibliographies Today”

Deadline for proposals: 21 May 2023

Subject Analysis and Access Section

Theme: “Identifiers for identities: Rectifying the (mis)representation of demographic groups”

Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2023

Government Libraries Section (GOVLIB)

Theme: “Research Data Management in government: how official data can be curated using the principles of research data management”

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2023

Indigenous Matters Section

Theme: “Working Together Toward Guidelines for Library Services With Indigenous Peoples”

Deadline for proposals: 5 May 2023

Information literacy Section

Theme: “Let’s Work Together to Develop Critical Thinkers in the ChatGPT Era”

Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2023

LGBTQ+ Users Special Interest Group

Theme: “From Personal Narratives to Collective Memory: Archiving LGBTQ+ Lives and communities”

Deadline for proposals: 5 May 2023

Acquisition and Collection Development Section

Theme: “Best practices for Open Educational Resources in collection development”

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2023

Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section

Theme: “Inclusivity and access to digital knowledge through digital preservation”

Deadline for proposals: 28 April 2023

News Media Section

Theme: “Collecting News in Times of Conflict”

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2023

National Libraries Section

Theme: “National Libraries + AI = Opportunities, Challenges & Risks”

Deadline for proposals: 14 May 2023

Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section

Theme: “Leveraging digital to support inclusive, accessible and innovative Parliamentary services”

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2023

School Library Section

Theme: “IFLA School Library Manifesto”

Deadline for proposals: 12 May 2023

Rare Books and Special Collections Section and Indigenous Matters Section

Theme: “Decolonising collections, elevating Indigenous voices, heritage collections and reparative justice”

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2023

Digital Humanities Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group and Artificial Intelligence Special Interest Group

Theme: “Will Generative AI be a friend or foe in the future of librarianship?”

Deadline for proposals: 26 May 2023

RELINDIAL Special Interest Group

Theme: “Interreligious Dialogue, a Key Point for Sustainable Development”

Deadline for proposals: 29 May 2023