83rd IFLA General Conference and Assembly

Call for Papers : Satellite Meeting Vilnius 2017

The Genealogy and Local History Section joint with the Asia and Oceania and the Information Technology Section

Theme: “The Challenge of Multiple Identities.
Multiethnicity in Genealogy, Local History and Regional Memory – Challenges and Opportunities for Libraries and other Memory Institutions”


16-17 August 2017


Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Vilnius

We would like to invite presenters from a wide range of countries to discuss what they have learnt from projects with a multi-ethnic component.

The main session welcomes papers that discuss:

  • saving and promoting historical and cultural memories

  • supporting contacts and understanding between different local and regional communities

  • the role of libraries, museums and archives in participatory projects based on multi-ethnic and multi-generational collaboration

Participants are encouraged to discuss both successes and failures in their papers.
We encourage evidence based practice and invite presentations and analysis of projects which can be of practical value to others. Submission in other formats than academic papers *such as reports and essays( are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed summary (up to 250 words) and full author details is
15 February. 
Proposals should be submitted using the following web address.

If this web site is unavailable, please contact the convener Cherie Bush directly by

or  Bozena Rasmussen


18 March 2017 Deadline for submitting proposals for papers.
               The proposals will be reviewed by representatives 
               of the three sections.

15 April 2017 Presenters will be notified whether they have been 

15 June 2017  Deadline for submission of the full paper.The paper
                should be an original submission not published 

The full papers will be published on the IFLA web site. We encourage authors to submit their papers to relevant professional journals after the conference.

To encourage interaction and debate at the session we will be using a lightning talk model. There will be a maximum of ten presentations, each allowed seven minutes.

Presentations should focus on a few central ideas or thesis. Presentations with visual  slides are recommended. See for inspiration.

The presentations will be followed by discussions at small tables, together with individual presenters. Presenters will circulate between tables, spending about fifteen minutes at each.

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

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

Both summaries and full papers should be submitted online. Fax or post  should be used only as a last resort.

Papers should not be longer than 5000 words (about 20 pages double-spaced)


Please direct any questions to the session convener:

Cherie Bush



All proposals must be received by 18 March 2017.

Please note

At least one of the authors must be present to deliver the lightning talk and to participate in the discussions in Vilnius. 

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.
All papers  will be made available online via the IFLA Library under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Proposals should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be 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 our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

23 February 2017, BR