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World Library and Information Congress78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
Helsinki, Finland: 13-17 August 2012


Acquisitions and Collection Development Section Open Session

Call for Papers

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Theme: “Treating Print in an Increasing Digital Collection: Issues, Dilemmas & Directions”

Background:  Traditional print resources are becoming a challenging format and commodity in many libraries.  With the emphasis of many library collections to establish a greater digital presence and library staff rethinking space issues, reader preferences indicating a leaning towards more online resources and access than depending on print, the perception of print potentially becoming  endangered appears significant.  Print, however will not disappear and as we consider the 2012 IFLA Presidential theme, “Libraries: A Force for Change,” we suggest that print in the short and long term, will contribute to that part of the theme as “inclusionary, transformational and innovative” in how it integrates with a growing digital collection. This Open Session will examine directions for the future role of print in all library environments worldwide and consider associated issues, dilemmas and trends libraries are experiencing as they consider selection, collection management decisions and readers’ preferences in meeting information needs with print resources.  This is a call to solicit submissions for 6 presentations (15 minutes each) to be delivered at the IFLA 2012 Congress in Helsinki, Finland (13-17 August) that explores any of the following themes for how libraries are treating all materials issued in print, including books/monographs, serials/journals for all readers:

&#61623 Examining old vs new – blending the traditional collections with the increasingly digital

&#61623 Understanding the lifecycle of print – including born print, digitized from print, enhanced, duplicated content

&#61623 Reviewing economic and business models of print – costs, pricing, benefits, sourcing, publishing patterns, library/publisher/vendor relationships

&#61623 Managing print resources  - space planning, binding & repair, shelving, processing, circulation data, metrics

&#61623 Selecting and Acquiring – utilizing Approval Plans, aggregators, patron driven models for print, exchange programs and coordinating with other formats

&#61623 Changing workflows – for acquisitions, cataloging, preservation, and other units

&#61623 Accessing and using  - resource sharing, last copy scenarios, ergonomics, copyright and intellectual property

&#61623 Communicating about and promoting status of print – readers’ preferences, different user communities, supporting readers with special needs (ex, visual impairments)

&#61623 Investigating content specific needs of print – oversized books, images, high resolution, subject demands (arts as an example), literature, translations, rare books, documenting world heritage

&#61623 Remembering - is print all about cultural heritage, memory and the past or does it embrace the future?

&#61623 De-selecting print – how, when, why, what drives such decisions

&#61623 How not to forget print


Form of papers (Extract from the Guidelines for Planning Congress Programmes issued by the IFLA Professional Committee): “It may be impractical to require that every speaker prepares a formal paper, rather than PowerPoint slides.  IFLA’s first preference remains papers, translated into IFLA’s official languages.  If speakers cannot produce papers, however, they must prepare a substantial abstract, including references such as URLs and bibliographies, to accompany their presentation.”

Languages of papers can be one among the seven IFLA working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish.


The program is 2 hours.  We are planning for 6 presentations that are 15 minutes each with time for questions and discussion at the conclusion.


If interested in submitting an abstract, please provide, name of author(s), title, institutional affiliation(s), contact information and title of submission with a 300 word abstract detailing content and presentation to  Julia Gelfand ([log in to unmask]" moz-do-not-send="true">[log in to unmask]) by _15 January 2012. Confirmation of receipt of abstract will be sent.


Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of members of the Standing Committee of the Acquisition and Collection Development Section.  Successful proposals will be identified by
1 March 2012.  Final papers will be due on 15 May 2012.  At least one author will be expected to attend conference to deliver paper.  There will not be any financial subsidy nor contribution towards expenses to attend the IFLA World Congress.