Call for Papers

UNIMARC Core Activity (UCA)

New Futures for Bibliographic Data Formats: Reflections and Directions

The IFLA UNIMARC Core Activitiy invites papers to be presented at 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Helsinki, Finland in August 2012.

Emerging from the recent evolution of bibliographic standards, new questions arise regarding the future of data formats that are also fostered by ongoing developments of information technology.  Reflecting on the requirements arising from a renewed context for library data is, thus, important to envisage how to fulfill current and future needs in the representation and transmission of bibliographic information. This is the general aim of the LC Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative, launched last October, which objectives are equally relevant to the future of UNIMARC. This session will focus on the reflections, prospects, trends and experiences contributing to a future framework for UNIMARC. 

Contributions are invited on topics such as:

  • Issues in data modeling of bibliographic data
  • Structural limitations of current MARC formats
  • Constraints and solutions of UNIMARC to implement FRBR and RDA
  • Innovative uses of UNIMARC in the Web environment
  • Features and functionalities conceived by UNIMARC professional users


The deadline for submitting proposals is 29 February 2012.

How to submit - Send your proposal by email - an abstract (minimum 300 words) in English, complemented by short biographical information and contacts of the author(s) to:

Maria Inês Cordeiro
Director, IFLA UNIMARC Core Activity

Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Permanent UNIMARC Committee. Selected proposals will be notified by 30 March 2012.
Full papers - will be due by 31 May 2012 to allow time for editing and translations.

Paper Presentation

Between 20-30 minutes will be allowed for paper delivery in the session.  Every paper should be presented in person by one of the authors at the WLIC in Helsinki.


All proposals must be in before 29 February 2012.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Finnish National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 13 January 2012