Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CFP: ICASS-IX Arctic conference session on library, archival, and information sciences (Sweden - June 2017)

This is a call for paper proposals and abstracts for a conference session on how library, archival, and information sciences can facilitate social sciences and humanities scholarship about and in the Arctic.

The session, “Facilitating social sciences and humanities scholarship of the Arctic through library, archival, and information sciences,” will be held during the 9th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS-IX) on June 8-12, 2017 at Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden. Please visit the website here:

Possible questions and topics to be explored in this session are:

  • How are librarians, archivists, and information professionals working with researchers and scholars in the social sciences and humanities, as well as local indigenous populations, toward sustainable development across the Arctic?
  • What best practices and methods are libraries, museums, and research centres using to preserve and provide access to Arctic histories and cultures?
  • What unique needs are there regarding access to information for and about indigenous Arctic populations, and how are these needs being addressed?
  • How are public, government, school, and academic libraries assisting Arctic peoples with information and literacy needs?
  • How might concepts and principles of library, archival, and information sciences be relevant to researchers, scholars, and professionals toward the organisation, delivery, and assessment of Arctic resources? For example:
  • --Bibliography
  • --Classification and organisation of information
  • --Copyright issues, especially regarding indigenous works of literature, art, etc.
  • --Digitised services
  • --Free, online open access and dissemination
  • --Information literacy and learning
  • --Information-seeking behaviours
  • --Information theories
  • --Metadata
  • --Knowledge management
  • --Online learning
  • --Repository services
  • --Social media and communication
  • --Storage and retrieval of information
  • --Taxonomic structures

Paper proposals addressing these questions/topics, or regarding any topic in library, archival, and information sciences as it pertains to the Arctic, will be considered for acceptance to the session. Any of the following types of paper proposals are welcomed:
- Applications and best practices
- Case studies
- Research projects
- Theory and theoretical implications
- White papers, documents, and reports on problems/issues and ways to solve

Proposals and abstracts may be submitted for consideration by librarians, archivists, curators, scholars, researchers, and others who wish to make contributions to better understanding library, archival, and information sciences in the Arctic context, especially as they pertain to the social sciences and humanities.

To submit a paper proposal or abstract, please visit: Click the button labelled “The ICASS website is now open.” Click on “Themes, Sessions, & Submission” in the blue navigation bar at the top. In the list of themes, click “17-Research Methodologies.” Our session is 17.3. Click the green “Submit” button and select 17.3 from the first dropdown menu and oral presentation from the second dropdown menu. Click “Next” and proceed.

The extended deadline for submission of a proposal or abstract is January 16, 2017. Your submission should include:
- Name and contact details of all authors
- Title of proposed paper
- An abstract of no more than 150 words

Please note that if your paper proposal is accepted, you will need to submit a complete paper closer to the conference date and at least one author of the paper must attend the conference in person to deliver a presentation. In addition to conference registration, presenters must agree to become a member of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA):

Best regards, and we look forward to reading your submissions!

Spencer Acadia, Ph.D.,
and Hannele Näveri-Ranta, M.Sc.,
Session Co-Chairs

Please direct questions about the session to Spencer Acadia at