Calls for Papers – Satellite Meeting Leuven 2023


IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section and KU Leuven Libraries


Theme: Innovative approaches in engaging people with local history and genealogy

As an element and vector of identity and reinforcing a sense of belonging , local history is a valuable factor for empowering local communities and enabling vulnerable groups to participate fully in social and cultural life.

Local History and genealogy collections are also  valuable resources  for teaching and learning in innovative ways  and engaging youth with local history and heritage.

In line with the key topics of the the WLIC 2023  -like digital knowledge and innovation, development of digital skills, free access to culture, the IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section invites papers that highlight the various ways people can engage with local history and genealogy materials. The theme can be broadly interpreted.


  • Local history and genealogy collections as valuable educational materials
  • Innovative ways of engaging youth in family and local history
  • Using digital storytelling with local history or genealogy
  • Innovative local history and genealogy projects developed via social media channels
  • Local history and genealogy librarians in digital transformation & innovation environment
  • Hidden Collections : working with unique collections to research local history and genealogy
  • Local history collections in times of war: preserving the past for the future
  • Genetic genealogy and the promise of DNA
  • Writing today’s local history.
  • Marketing or publicizing local history and genealogy collections
  • Collaborating with groups to promote or enhance collections

Dates and location

17-18 August 2023 (satellite to WLIC Rotterdam, NL)- KU Leuven Libraries

Abstract submission

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

  • title of the paper;
  • abstract related to the topics of the satellite meeting in max. 300 words;
  • presenters’ name(s), professional affiliation, country, brief biographical note and a photo, email address.

Proposals should be submitted using the following form.

If this website is unavailable, please contact directly:

– Cristina Roiu at

–  Maja Markhouss at  or

– Jennifer Brannock at ,  Dragan Milosevic at


All proposals must be submitted by 15th of May 2023.

Proposals will be evaluated by the satellite program committee group and successful applicants will be informed by 30 May 2023.

Please note

All expenses, such as travel and accommodation, are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. Letters of invitation can be issued to presenters upon request.


This IFLA WLIC 2023 satellite meeting is organized by IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section. Our contributing local partner is  KU Leuven Libraries.