Call for papers: Music in the library world

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Music in libraries!

By exploring this relationship between music and libraries, we can change working conditions in the library world and make it relevant to our present-day needs.

What can we do in our libraries now practically? As librarians we are coming together, breaking down the silos and have all sections working as one. We should build a healthy environment and create rich, diverse space in our librarian world. Music has a special role to play. We need to make noise, to attract young people to libraries.

People can learn, read, research with music or without it. We can provide that to them. That is only one of the benefits of using music in libraries and creating vibrant art libraries. Music can inspire readers and ourselves.


In line with the theme of the next World Library and Information Congress, “Inspire, Engage, Enable and Connect”, we are seeking for two formats of proposals:


Questions of interest can be:

  • Are there collaborations or best practice examples of how libraries and patrons / other partners work together on “Music in the Library”?
  • How is music used in the library / library world?
  • How do libraries include patrons/users to participate and in what ways?
  • Challenge the silence of libraries? Is music an enemy or an ally?
  • How can libraries have their own music and use music in everyday life in the workplace?
  • Impact of libraries on communities by using audio-visual promotion (social networks)
  • Building a library with a place for music. In what forms can music be available in a modern library?


The session will last for two hours, one hour will be dedicated to our excellent speakers, one hour will be dedicated to “Music in the Library” – with the contestants for the NPSIG Music Contest and the Award Ceremony!




Language of the session:

The working language of the session will be English. Nevertheless, presentations can be made in any of the IFLA’s official languages.


Proposals should include:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 300 words)
  • Name of presenter plus position and/or title
  • Employer / affiliated institution
  • Contact information including email address, telephone number
  • Short biographical statement of presenter


Send proposals via email by 15 April 2020 to:

NPSIG Coordinator Team 

Important dates and submission guidelines for papers

  • Deadline to submit proposals/abstracts: 15 April 2020
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent by 30 April 2020
  • Successful candidates will submit a full paper by 01 July 2020
  • Presentation slides should be supplied to 31 July 2020


For important dates and more information on the NPSIG Music Contest 2020  please download the guidelines:

Please note:

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Dublin. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

The paper must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2020 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

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 letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & Awards webpage.

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