Call For Papers: 2014 IFLA International Newspaper Conference





Call for Papers

2014 IFLA International Newspaper Conference

Start Spreading the News!



Date: February 4 – 5, 2014 

Our Keynote speaker will be David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA. David is emplyed by the Family History Department in Salt Lake City. He is the Chief Geneological Officer for Family Search. He will speak to us on the following topic:

Fold Agnostic: Genealogists want everything above AND below the fold. Learn about the demographics of the genealogical user and how genealogists can bring crowd sourcing to making newspaper collections available to everyone. 

David’s presentation will be on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014.

Venue: FamilySearch Headquarters, Salt Lake City, Utah

Registration information:  There is no charge for registration! Click here for further details.

Submission date extended to December 16!  And for those outside North America, the proposals for a virtual presentation via Skype video and desktop sharing will also be considered.

The IFLA Newspapers Section is currently seeking papers on or about outreach and marketing strategies for using or promoting online newspaper content, text mining, users of newspaper content, and use of news content for research purposes or as primary sources for historical or contemporary themes for its upcoming United States-hosted conference. In addition to papers focused on the theme of Start Spreading the News, sub-themes on, but not limited to, the following topics are being sought : 

Use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, news blogs, Flickr, expose news and raise awareness of news content to    expose news and raise awareness of news content to users. 

  • Emerging research methodologies in using news and news content 
  • Text mining newspapers and news content 
  • Technologies used in text mining and in the presentation of mined data 
  • Case studies of statistical and word patterns research planned or underway of mined news content 
  • Traditional research underway in using digitized newspaper collections 
  • Users’ experiences with digitized newspaper collections 
  • Usability expectations 
  • Innovative methods for design, use, and engagement of users in newspaper content systems. 
  • Strategies for finding, or finding out about, newspapers in the semantic web. 
  • Other paper topics relevant to the main conference theme will also be considered. 

As shown by surveys conducted by the National Library of Australia, the California Digital News-paper Collection, the Cambridge Public Library, and others, historical newspapers are an important source of information for genealogists. Not coincidentally, the IFLA International Newspaper Conference will be held just prior to the 2014 RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference Feb  6-8 ( We encourage authors and conference attendees to con-sider attending RootsTech as well as the International Newspaper Conference.

Submission Guidelines 

In consideration of potential presenters outside of North America the conference planning committee will consider virtual presentation proposals.

  •  Paper topic abstract proposals must be submitted in English as an MS file 
  •  Each abstract proposal, in English, must include: 
  • Title of proposed paper 
    • o Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 300 words) 
    • o Name(s) of author(s) plus position and/or title 
    • o Employer / affiliated institution 
    • o Contact information including email address, telephone number 
    • o Short biographical statement of author(s) 
    • Abstracts must be submitted by December 16th, 2013 

Proposal abstracts should be submitted to:

Sue Kellerman (Email:

Notification of Accepted Papers 

  • Authors of accepted papers will be notified by December 30, 2013. 

Accepted papers and public presentation 

  •  Complete accepted papers should be approximately 3,000-6,000 words in length and must be an original submission; not      published elsewhere 
  • Accepted papers must be written in English 
  • The accepted paper will be made available on the IFLA Newspapers Section website 
  •  A 20-25 minutes public presentation of a summary of the accepted paper will delivered at the International Newspaper Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah 
  • Any accompanying presentation PowerPoint slides must be submitted before the Conference by January 30, 2014 

To discuss any matters relating to this Call for Papers, please contact any of the following 

conference planning committee members:

Birdie MacLennan (Email:

Sue Kellerman (Email:

Frederick Zarndt (E-mail: 

Important Dates 

December 16, 2013 Paper topic abstract due 

December 30, 2013 Acceptance notices sent to authors 

January 30, 2014 Completed paper and slide presentation submitted 

Please note 

The IFLA Newspapers Section regrets that it has no funding to assist prospective authors. 

Moreover, the submission of an abstract must be on the understanding that the costs of attending the conference including registration, travel, accommodation and other expenses are the responsibility of the presenters of the accepted papers or their institutions. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.


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