Call for Papers Satellite Meeting 2019 Belgrade

IFLA’s Local History and Genealogy Section joint with Asia and Oceania Section invite

Call for Papers

Topic 1:

“Libraries as  Mediators, Producers and Partners in the development of community awareness and cultural understanding”

Today, libraries, archives, museums and documentation centres are moving from a reactive to a productive role. Though they continue to collect, preserve and support the use of historical documents and records, they also engage and participate in the production, publication and active dissemination of new resources based on their collections – as the «sites of knowledge retrieval». They have become centers of knowledge production, both in the material and the virtual world.

The topic reflects a corresponding institutional change: we must take a more active, and a more collaborative role in bringing the new knowledge to our publics – in local, national and world-wide communities.

Topic 2:

“Local History and Genealogy in Multiethnic Societies, the impact of genetic mapping and digitized sources”

The growing use of low-cost genetic testing, combined with the massive scanning and digitization of genealogical records, allows ordinary families to study both their family trees and their ethnic background in great depth and detail. The results tend to show more variation (multiple ethnic backgrounds) than most people are currently aware of.

The second topic emphasizes the deep changes in our inputs and how new technologies allow us to collect, analyze and connect much more data – much faster – than before.

The session welcomes papers that discuss:

– Innovative use of historical and genealogical collections
– Collaborative work with historical and genealogical societies
– Local History, Local Community and use of social technologies, like crowdsourcing
– Genetic genealogy and the promise of DNA
– Responses to new demands from the well-informed users
– Multi-ethnicity in local history and culture, avoiding more traditional nationalistic and regional perspectives

We encourage evidence based practice and invite presentations and analysis of projects which can be of practical value to others. Submissions in other formats than academic papers ( such as reports, multimedia presentations and essays) are welcome.

Participants are encouraged to discuss both successes and failures in their papers.

The Satellite Meeting is sponsored by the University Library “Svetozar Markovic”,
71 Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 August 2019

University Library “Svetozar Markovic”, 71 Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

For the Conference Program in Belgrade and Registration, see

Local History and Genealogy Section joint with Asia and Oceania Section

Invite proposals for papers to be presented at their joint open session to be held during Satellite Meeting in Belgrade, Serbia, August 21-22 2019.

Submission Guidelines
The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (up to 250 words) and full author details is 15 April 2019. Proposals should be submitted using the following web address:
Web address:

The deadline for proposals is closed.

If this website is unavailable, please contact the convener Laila Hussein Moustafa directly, by email:
Bozena Rasmussen, email:

Potential presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by 21 April 2019.

The full paper is due on 15 June 2019. It should be an original submission not published elsewhere.
To encourage interaction and debate at the conference session, we will be using a lightning talk model:

There will be a maximum of ten presenters, each allowed no more than 7 minutes.

Individual presentations should focus on a few central ideas or theses. Presentations that use visual communication (images, graphics)  are recommended. See for inspiration.

The presentations will be followed by discussions at small tables. Presenters will move from table to table, spending about fifteen minutes at each.

The session will be conducted in English. The actual papers may be written in English, Spanish, French, Russian, or another East European language. The proposals (abstracts), the oral presentations and the following discussion should be in English, however.

The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper.

Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as digital files by email. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort.

Papers should be 5000 words maximum (about 20 pages double-spaced).

Please direct any questions to the session convener: Laila
 Hussein Moustafa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States, Email:
Bozena Rasmussen, Email:

All proposals must be received by 15 April 2019.

Please note
At least one of the authors must be present in Belgrade. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2019 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at

Author’s of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Author’s Permission Form at
All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel and accommodation, are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants
List of opportunities for support is available on IFLA’s web site:

Satellite Meeting & Program Committee

Laila Hussein Moustafa, Session Convener, University of Illinois, United States
Bozena Rasmussen, Ex-Chair 2015-2017, retired librarian, Norway
Katherine Cordes, New York Public Library, United States
Arvydas Pacevicius, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Maja Markhouss, Almedalen Library, Sweden
Russell Lynch, Correspponding Member, Family Search org., United States
Milena Kostić, University Library “Svetozar Marković”, Belgrade, Serbia
Hector Orellana Flores, Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile, Chile

Bozena Rasmussen, 21th March 2019.