The Global Impact of Library Publishing

Call for Proposals – IFLA Library Publishing SIG

Date:  Saturday, August 19, 2023 –  9:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Location:  Koninklijke Bibliotheek / Royal Library of the Netherlands, Den Haag



Library publishing has a long history, coming into its own with the Internet, the proliferation of open source and proprietary publishing platforms, the rapid expansion of formal library publishing programs globally, and a vibrant international community of practice nurtured by the  Library Publishing Coalition and  IFLA’s Special Interest Group .  Today, hundreds of libraries globally are engaged in numerous aspects of publishing, from local, informal initiatives, to extensive, diverse, and sophisticated formats.  The growth of this area of library activity knows no bounds and continues to grow exponentially, gaining added impetus with open science, EDI, and bibliodiversity imperatives.

The satellite seeks to explore how the growth of this passionate and energetic work by library publishers is impacting three areas of high value for society:  (1) Library Publishing Supporting open science; (2) Library Publishing Supporting open pedagogy; and (3) Library Publishing Supporting an educated society.

The SIG Program Committee enthusiastically solicits and welcomes proposals in each of our featured areas, with the aim of inspiring and engaging the IFLA community as our professionals pursue goals that are at the heart of library missions and values.

This program will feature formats, including:

Presentations:  15-20 minutes each

Lightning Talks:  5-8 minutes each

Panels and Discussions

Some examples of sub-themes may include as follows (and others are welcomed!):

  • Case studies of diamond open access publishing by libraries – challenges & opportunities
  • Library publishers and open research data
  • Library publishing and open publishing infrastructure
  • Library publishers supporting the creation of national OA publishing platforms
  • Approaches to converting print journals to open access – case studies and insights
  • Libraries as publishers of OERs and monographs
  • The integration of student library publishing initiatives into academic programmes
  • Library Publishing’s impact on the broader scholarly landscape and publishing ecosystem
  • Library Publishing’s impact on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Library Publishing’s impact on authors and interdisciplinary digital scholarship
  • Feedback from authors and other stakeholders about Library Publishing impacts
  • Library publishing and citizen society

Proposals must be submitted in electronic format and must include the following information:

  • Title of the proposed submission
  • Style:  presentation or lightning talk
  • Abstract of the proposed submission (no more than 300 words)
  • Name(s) of presenters and positions and or titles
  • Employer or affiliated institution
  • Contact information, including email address and telephone number
  • Short biographical statement of no more than 200 words
  • Willingness to comply with IFLA’s Authors’ Permission
  • Papers/PPTs will be published by the SIG in IFLA’s online Library following the conference
  • Confirmation that you can attend the Satellite and present in person if selected

Important Dates:

  • 30 April 2023:  Deadline for submission of abstract
  • 15 May 2023:  Selected presenters will be notified
  • 3 July 2023:  Full papers or PPTs slides should be submitted with the author’s permission form, following the Guidelines for Paper Authors and Presenters
  • August 19, 2023:  Satellite conference


Ann Okerson:

Lidia Uziel:

Marie O’Neill: