Call for Papers – CIG Conference 2016

Proposals for papers are invited for the Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) Biennial Conference 2016 “Innovation and discovery” to be held from 31 Aug – 2 Sept 2016 at Swansea University.

Moving from local to global, our audience’s thirst for discovery is prompting a whole raft of innovations. In this era of convergence, libraries, archives and museums are all striving to improve resource discovery in order to meet user expectations. International committees are expanding and refining new bibliographic standards; libraries are adopting (and adapting) these standards, e.g. FRBRising their catalogue records; as a result, librarians are acquiring new skills in metadata creation and manipulation; and, in this ever changing environment, vendors of library management and discovery systems are under pressure to evolve their offer. Hidden from public view, library metadata policies, cataloguing workflows and practices, together with the systems we choose, ultimately determine the user experience. The 2016 conference aims to bring together the metadata community in order to debate systems and processes, shine a light on best practice and explore the unknown.

CIG welcomes proposals that cover, but are not confined to, the following topics:

– metadata for discoverability

– linked data

– controlled vocabularies

– data manipulation

– authority control

– discovery systems

– impact of changes to scholarly communication

And – as always – we’d like presentations about current practice, recent research as well as ideas for the future.

We are eager to hear from information professionals and those engaged in metadata research and practice. We also encourage submissions from current and recently graduated LIS students who would like to take this opportunity to present their research to the cataloguing community. We welcome proposals in the following formats:

– Conference papers (30 mins). An opportunity to present how your work, project or research innovates discovery.

– Lightening talk (10 mins). Shorter presentations on the above topics and themes. Please consider this if you have something to share but do not have a full conference paper.

– Interactive sessions (up to 30 mins). With the venue offering breakout rooms, we particularly encourage presentations with interactive elements.

– Posters. An opportunity to present your work/project/research in visual form. Time will be included during the conference to allow poster presenters to engage directly with delegates and discuss the contents of their poster. Please consider this if you would prefer to present in a less formal way.


Proposals should be submitted to Robin Armstrong Viner ( Please include your preferred format, a working title and short outline (no more than 300 words) of your presentation. Proposals are due by 31st March 2016 and presenters will be notified by 30th April 2016 if their submission is successful. Speakers will be able to claim for travel and accommodation (if required) in line with the CILIP expenses policy. Any presenters wishing to attend the full conference in addition to the day they are presenting, as well as those intending to travel from outside the UK are advised to contact Robin Armstrong-Viner before booking or making travel arrangements.

Presenters will have the option of publishing their paper in a future edition of Catalogue and Index, the journal of CIG.


2 thoughts on “Call for Papers – CIG Conference 2016

    1. cilipcig Post author

      Hi Maria

      The Conference Organising Committee are aiming to release one this week. Full details will be posted on the blog together with booking information asap.



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