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Call for Papers & Poster Sessions!

IFLA International Newspaper Conference 2014 (
Theme: Start Spreading the News!

Date: 4-5 February 2014
Organized by: IFLA Newspapers Section and FamilySearch
Venue:  Joseph Smith Memorial Building
15 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150, USA

The IFLA Newspapers Section is currently seeking proposals for papers ( and poster sessions  exploring themes related to 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 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.
Newspapers in genealogical or family history contexts.
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 Newspaper 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 consider attending RootsTech as well as the International Newspaper Conference.

Important Dates & Other Information

Abstracts must be submitted by December 1, 2013
Authors of accepted papers will be notified by December 30, 2013
Completed paper and slide presentation or accepted poster session image submitted by January 30, 2014
Call for papers. Click here for further information & submission guidelines.
Call for poster session proposals. Click here for further information & submission form.
Additional Information

IFLA International Newspaper Conference web site (sponsored by Utah Library Association):
IFLA Newspapers Section International Newspaper Conference 2014 – Announcement:

To discuss any matters relating to this Call for Papers and Poster Sessions, please contact any of the following
conference planning committee members:

Birdie MacLennan (Email:
Sue Kellerman (Email:
Frederick Zarndt (E-mail:

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.

We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City in February 2014 !

Call for papers. Click here for further details.
Call for poster session proposals. Click here for more information.