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FSR Call for proposals

logo FSR solo acronimo color_webThe value of cataloguing and “real” library data is a crucial issue in a time when the growing number of electronic publications and some significant developments in the field of digital libraries are changing the scenario in which traditional libraries act by bringing into question the goals of the services they provide.

The FSR Conference will be hosting a Doctoral Consortium on 26th February 2014.

Topics of interest

General areas of interests include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Working with new standards

  • Cataloguing in the semantic web
  • MARC vs. non MARC
  • RDA: pros and cons, opportunities and disadvantages
  • Describing secondary digital resources
  • Controlled vocabularies vs. tagging
  • Bibliographic data integrity (single catalogue, national systems)

Working together

  • Organising authority data management
  • Cooperating with publishers and e-commerce agents
  • Libraries and educational programmes
  • One record, many users. Many producers, one record
  • ALM: innovative models and tools for cooperation
  • Cooperation among academic library systems: organisational models and achievements

New challenges for cataloguers / data managers (and for catalogues / data storage systems)

  • Meta-cataloguing, federated search, what else?
  • Implementing a new standard: organisational issues, costs, priorities, training
  • Speaking to / with users. Working for / with users
  • Learning from use: the functions of data mining
  • Faceted search
  • Bridging resources
  • Opacs for children
  • Are online publications at risk of opacity?

Professional education for cataloguers

  • Learning to link resources
  • Digital curation
  • New roles and profiles for libraries
  • Multimedia, multiculturalism, multidomain
  • Managing bibliographic systems and efficient and intelligible / intuitive interfaces
  • Creating professional (self)training resources

New practices in cataloguing

  • Metadata and traditional cataloguing
  • From shared / derived cataloguers to metadata creators
  • Promoting reading through cataloguing
  • Describing and indexing fiction
  • Semantic interoperability
  • Describing the virtual

We invite submissions of:

  • Research papers presenting theoretical solutions, but with a clear illustration on how these solutions can be applied
  • Position papers presenting opinions on some aspect of practice, or describing work that is still in progress, but sufficiently mature to warrant attention
  • Experiences and case studies specifying requirements, challenges or opportunities
  • Best practices

Instructions for submitting abstracts

Please submit the abstracts of your paper or poster by email at <>. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15th Nov. 2013 Extended!: 30th Nov. 2013
Accepted contributions will be limited to one paper and/or poster abstract per author. Abstract length should not exceed 500 words. Your topic could be described on a printed poster or by photographs, graphics and pieces of text that you attach to the presentation panel.
Please note that the language of the conference will be English, and therefore the committee will only accept submissions in this language (an abstract in Italian is optional).
All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed.

Posters submission and presentation

Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to discuss with or show to other congress attendees? Why not present your work in the Poster Session?
The conference theme ‘Faster, smarter, and richer. Reshaping the library catalogue’ may be presented by a printed poster or by photographs, graphics and texts attached on the given panel. Presentations are welcome in English (an Italian parallel version of the poster is also welcome).
Presenters of a poster will be expected to be present on Thursday 27th February (17.30-18.30) in order to explain their poster and to hand out any leaflets, or other information materials, they have available for viewers of their poster.

Colleagues interested in presenting a poster session are invited to send a brief description in English of not more than 200 words, together with a bio inclusive of affiliation (50 words).

Important dates

  • 10 December 2013 – Deadline for receipt of a brief description of the poster
  • 15 December 2013 – Applicants will be informed of the acceptance of their proposal
  • 27 February 2014 – Poster session at the Conference

The boards are located along the sides of the Conference Hall. Material has to be posted to the boards on Wednesday 26 February between 15:30 and 18:00.  A member of the Conference staff will be available to assist. Leaflets or any other material that is not fixed to the board should be brought with you on the Poster Session days. The exact size of the boards, as well as the instruction as to how posters should be fixed onto the boards will be supplied later on.

Papers publication

Selected papers will be considered for publication in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly <>.
If chosen, authors will have to obtain permission from the copyright holder to publish any work that is not their own (e.g. screenshots from databases), and submit their papers for peer review by April 1, 2014. The length of the manuscript should be maximum of 20,000 characters (Times New Roman 12pt, including blanks, excluding references)


  • Language: English (an abstract in Italian is optional)
  • Text length: max. 500 words
  • Keywords: max. 3
  • Bio: 5 lines (or link to own site)
  • Working group presentation: 10 lines (or link to site)
  • Submissions: <>
  • Info: <>

Important dates

  • Submission deadline for extended abstract and poster proposals: 15th Nov. 2013 Extended!: 30th Nov. 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 10th Dec. 2013
  • Text due for papers and posters: 20th Jan. 2014

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