Call for Papers


8th Library Congress in Leipzig 2022

(110th Annual German Librarians' Conference)

Call for Papers

The 8th Library Congress will be hosted by BID – Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (Library & Information Germany – the Federal Union of German Library & Information Associations) from 14 – 17 March 2022 at the Congress Center Leipzig, Germany. The Congress is also the 110th Deutscher Bibliothekartag (German Librarians' Conference).

Under this year's motto “#CreatingFreeSpaces” the Congress warmly invites you to join the discussions on both current and future challenges and issues facing the library and information­ sector.

We look forward to meeting you personally in Leipzig. In the wake of the pandemic, which has hopefully subsided by then, the Congress has been planned as a face-to-face event – but it will also include digital elements. Even those unable to travel to Leipzig will not miss out on the Congress entirely.

The Congress will address a variety of ­target groups and areas of interest surrounding both the old and new challenges facing ourselves, our ­institutions and our cooperation partners, as reflected in the following six topics:
1.    Libraries – free and open democratic spaces
2.    The library as service provider:
       reaping strategic benefits from operational leeway
3.    Staffing: corporate culture as a success factor
4.    Living, learning, working: giving space and
       emphasising educational values
5.    Content: dealing with content and data
6.    Digitality: the interlacing of digital and analogue

The Programme Committee invites colleagues, experts in ­academic and public libraries and information centres, and ­representatives of relevant associations and commercial enterprises to submit papers on these ­topics.

Speakers from outside Germany are also welcome to submit their presentations for the Congress. They can apply for financial support to BII – Bibliothek & Information International (Library & Information International).

The partner country of the 2022 Congress will be the Czech Republic. The Programme Committee is therefore especially eager to encourage Czech colleagues to submit their contributions for inclusion in the ­programme.
The deadline for submissions is 15 September 2021.

Please note that the early starting time for the Congress – as opposed to the Biblio­thekartag sessions – of 9 am on Monday morning is designed to ensure the widest possible variety of presentations.

1. Submission of contributions

General information

To register your presentation please make sure you use the online submission ­system .

We regret that we cannot consider contributions submitted through other channels.

You can submit the following types of event:

    Individual presentation

    Panel discussion

    Hands-on lab

    Public or internal working group meeting;
    members' meeting (AGM)

Please submit an abstract of your planned presentation (max. 2000 characters incl. blank spaces) via the online submission system. The title should not exceed 125 characters; the Programme Committee also reserves the right to edit­ the title.

You may add a short biography of the speakers or participants­ (max. 300 characters) – preferably pointing out any facts of special interest in connection with the submitted abstract.

Please indicate the expected number of attendees. For panel discussions, hands-on labs and working­ groups meetings please also give the length of your event and the target group you are addressing.

Please do not overload your presentation; make sure you use generally ­understandable language and keep an eye on the time limit.

We regret that incomplete submissions (e.g., lacking an abstract, details of the names of the speakers and discussion leaders, the topic of hands-on labs, the name of the director of the board/association, the intended target groups or your room and time slot requirements) cannot be ­considered.

Individual presentation

Individual presentations are limited to a total of 30 minutes. Your individual speaking time should not exceed 20 minutes, in order to allow time for questions and discussion.
You can only submit individual presentations. However, you may – and indeed are actively encouraged to – indicate other presentations covering topics ­related to your own when submitting your details online­.
Due to the limited time available, no more than two speakers per presentation can be considered. Direct mention of further authors or speakers must be limited to the abstract.
If you would like a particular host to present your session you are welcome to indicate this at the time of submission.
Speakers will receive a free ticket for the Congress. If there are several speakers, only one of them can be provided with a free ticket.

Panel discussion

Panel discussions should focus on a lively and controversial discussion of a topic of current interest by several panel ­members­ chaired by a host. Short introductory statements (not lectures) from the participants are common practice. Audience­ participation in the event­ is encouraged.
Panel discussions should last either 90 or 120 minutes and have no more than five participants.
When submitting your abstract please mention the (controversial) topics to be discussed, the ­panel participants­, and the host.
The host of a panel discussion will receive a free ticket for the Congress.

Hands-on lab

In a hands-on lab a small group of participants work intensively together on a topic. This also includes practical exercises, such as getting to know special software and actively working with it. Participants should be enabled to gain practical experience in the sense of Open Space Learning, for example by joining forces to install a search engine software program.
Hands-on labs should last for either 90 or 120 minutes.
When submitting your abstract please include details of the host, the topic, the target group, and your room and time slot requirements, explaining how you plan to ensure participants­ play an active part in proceedings.
If you want participants to register in advance for a hands-on lab you must indicate this in your abstract. Registration for these labs will then follow partially automatically via the online submission system.
Any special technical equipment must be organized in advance by the ­person who has submitted the contribution. The rooms will be equipped with an LCD projector, laptop, flipchart, presentation board and moderator’s ­toolkit. In the digital labs there will also be LAN connections (please indicate your requirements). Laptops, tablet computers and/or mobile phones cannot be ­provided. If participants are expected to bring their own devices this must be mentioned in the abstract.
The supervisor of a hands-on-lab is entitled to free entry to the Congress.

Working group meeting / members' meeting

You are welcome to hold public or internal working group meetings of expert ­groups, special working groups, commissions, associations etc. at the Congress. The head of the group should register the session via the online submission system. When registering your group meeting please ­indicate whether it is public or internal, and give a realistic estimation of the length of your session and your room requirements.
As working groups deal with the group’s own agenda rather than with the topic of the conference, their sessions do not have to pass through the review process. Rooms are allocated according to the capacity available at the Congress Center. Such sessions can also take place at a venue outside the Congress Center, but this must be organized independently. You can indicate your meeting's venue so that it can be displayed in the programme. Time slot requests can only be ­considered subject to the available capacity at the Congress Center.
Access to board meetings and working group sessions will only be granted to registered Congress participants. Exception: Council meetings of BIB, VDB and dbv.
The chairperson of these meetings will not receive a free ticket for the Congress.

Company and product presentations

Companies are asked to present their products in the form of company presentations and to seek contact with their customers during these events.
To book a company presentation, exhibition place and sponsor support please use the “Exhibition and Sponsoring Ordering System (ESOS™”) online booking system. Please contact Ms Alexandra Krohn at
Further information together with the terms and conditions can be found in the Handbook for Exhibitors and Sponsors under “Company Presentations”.

2. The programme selection process

Selection process

The Programme Committee will choose independent experts to review each of the six subject areas, assess the content of the submitted contributions, and make recommendations for a coherent programme for the respective topic, ­subject­ to room and time slot availability at the Congress Center.

The Programme Committee will assemble the final version of the Congress programme in autumn 2022, based on the reviewers' recommendations. The Committee will also group individual presentations together to create thematic blocks. The Committee's decision will be made known immediately afterwards.

The Programme Committee consists of representatives of the BID member associations and the local committee in Leipzig. The Programme Committee's decision is autonomous; there is no automatic right of inclusion for any particular event.
Selection criteria

When designing your event, please observe the following principles, which will also apply to the selection of individual submissions:

    Innovation / currency: New and forward-looking topics should be presented in an innovative way­!
    Practical relevance: Prefer content with particular relevance to, and influence on, professional practice. When presenting a current project, you should not only focus on the project’s target, but also include any results which may already be available.
    Networking / interdisciplinary approach: Try to use a cross-discipline approach and promote the acquisition of competence across conventional subject boundaries.

3. Publication of the presentations

By registering their contributions, presenters commit themselves to making the abstracts of accepted papers available by the beginning of the Congress on both the host organization's online publication server ( and the OPUS Publication Server­ of BIB
( ) .

The presentations should be licensed according to the terms of the open Creative Commons License CC BY
( and include the appropriate CC licence­ notices.

By registering their contributions speakers agree to the possible live streaming of their face-to-face presentations. In addition, the organisers­ reserve the right to offer face-to-face talks as digital presentations in the event that the pandemic situation forces the Congress to be held wholly or partly in digital form.

You are asked to publish the slides of your presentation on the OPUS Publication Server of BIB.

The full text of selected papers will be published either­ in the open access journal of the Association of German Librarians (VDB) “o-bib” or in BuB (online and/or print) after the Library Congress. Speakers whose papers are selected for publication are kindly asked to forward their manuscripts­ to the respective editors as soon as possible after the end of the Congress. Speakers will be provided with more detailed information once their paper has been accepted.

4. Benefits for authors of accepted

Presenters of individual papers and hosts of panel discussions and hands-on labs are entitled to free registration for the entire duration of the Congress, including a visit to the Leipzig Book Fair on Thursday. If there is more than one presenter, only one person will be granted this benefit. If the presentation is withdrawn, or a new speaker is chosen, the free registration must be returned

Travel or accommodation costs cannot be reimbursed.

5. Contact

For further information on submitting contributions please contact Ms Kelly Krohn at

We look forward to receiving your contributions and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

The Programme Committee

To register your presentation please make sure you use the online submission ­system

Explanatory notes on the topics:

1. Libraries – free and open democratic spaces

Social policy issues, education and culture politics, lobbying, urban development, civic participation, Sunday opening, diversity
Science, research and funding policy, sustainability
The library as a place of discourse, event organisation
Relevance of the library for the surrounding community

2. The library as a service provider:

taking strategic advantage of operational leeway
The library as a (learning) organisation, leadership, strategy development, customer-centred­ focus, management, marketing, community work
Organisational development, agile planning and working, infrastructure issues and library IT
Library statistics and controlling, quality management
Associations and their development, cooperation and partnerships

3. Staffing: corporate culture as a success

Library profession (cultures, diversity, generations)
Work organisation (mobile working, home office, face-to-face models), working hours models, project work, knowledge management
Ways to the library: recruiting, professional education and study, entering the profession, lateral entry, further and advanced training, qualifications, staff development, collective bargaining

4. Living, learning, working: giving space and
    emphasizing educational values

Library buildings
Libraries as learning spaces (Learning Spaces – Learning Environments), hybrid learning, library ­education, information didactics, media education, language and reading promotion, information ­literacy, data literacy, library work with children and young people, school libraries
Analogue and virtual presence of libraries, Third Place, Open Library, Sunday opening in practice

5. Content: dealing with content and data

Collection management (acquisition, business and licensing models, cataloguing standards)
Preservation and conservation, long term archiving, digitisation, historical holdings, provenance ­research
Research data management, National Research Data Infrastructure
Open access, electronic publishing, Open Educational Resources, ORCID and other identifiers, eScience
Digital humanities, subject specialist information services, metadata, Linked Open Data, interfaces, data and program sharing, semantic technologies, Discovery systems

6. Digitality: the interlacing of digital and
analogue reality

Digital services, working digitally, digitisation in teaching (and its effects on library ­services), automation and RFID
Digital participation, citizen science, open science, research networks
Information and library ethics
Copyright, data protection

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