Friday, December 14, 2012

CFP: News for the future: Dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving (IFLA 2013)

CFP: News for the future: Dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving (IFLA 2013)
Open session at IFLA WLIC 2013, August 17-23, 2013, Singapore
Sponsored by the IFLA Newspapers Section

Papers wanted!   Please consider submitting a short proposal to present during the Newspapers Section open session at WLIC 2013 (  Attendees at past open sessions have included librarians, archivists, digital curation specialists, publishers, researchers, historians, genealogists, and technologists.  This open session gives you a unique opportunity to reach a world-wide audience of news, library, and technology professionals.

Session theme:  The WLIC conference theme “Future Libraries, Infinite Possibilities” and the Newspapers Section open session theme “News for the future: Dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving” highlights the consequences of digital technology in news creation, production, and dissemination as well as on the post-dissemination fate of news such as preservation of digital and hard assets, collection management, storage of physical and digital content, access and use of digital and physical news collections, and similar fates.

Subordinate themes include
  • Production of electronic news media
  • New business models for news preservation
  • Collaborative news production and preservation
  • Collecting digital media including e-delivery, web-harvesting, legal deposit
  • News metadata capture and enrichment including news industry standards such as NITF, NewsML, hNews, etc as well as traditional library standards such as METS, MODS, ALTO, PREMIS, MIX, etc
  • Digitisation of historical news and newspapers
  • Presentation of and access to digital news collections including crowdsourcing
  • Collaboration of libraries, archives, and museums in the preservation of news
Other topics will be considered, too.

Please note:  Papers for the conference should be written and presented in English.  Proposals should be no more than 300 words in length and must be submitted to Mona Løkås (, Mazelan Anuar (, and Sue Kellerman ( of the Newspapers Section on or before January 31, 2013.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 4, 2013. The full paper and accompanying presentation slides must be completed and submitted to IFLA before June 2013.  The papers must be original submissions and not published elsewhere.

At least one author is expected to attend WLIC 2013 to present the paper. 
All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the authors.  No financial support can be provided by IFLA, however, a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Please disseminate and share this information with all colleagues who may be interested.  Looking forward to see all of you in Singapore!
Important dates
 31 Jan 2013 Abstracts due
4 Mar 2013 Acceptance notices sent to authors
30 Jun 2013 Completed papers and presentation submitted.

Questions?  Please contact Mona Løkås ( Anuar (, or Sue Kellerman (

Best regards,
Frederick Zarndt
Chair, IFLA Newspapers Section