Submission date extended to December 16! 

Call for Papers & Poster Sessions!
 IFLA International Newspapers 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

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 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 16, 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



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 information and submission form.

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