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IFLA WLIC Preconference Satellite Meeting

Robots in Libraries: Challenge or Opportunity?

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Berlin, Germany

21 & 22 August 2019


The rapid development in robotics and artificial intelligence technologies as well as the commercial availability of these products are making in-roads into libraries. Beyond automated storage and retrieval systems, we now have autonomous shelf reading robots, telepresence and humanoid robots, and chatbots and voice activated systems. Robots are becoming our co-workers and a number of libraries around the world have deployed different robots for internal operations as well as public services. This combination of skilled human resources and robotics technologies also complements library services in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) era.

This conference is organized by the IFLA IT Section and hosted by the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Berlin. We welcome you to submit proposals and to join us to explore robotics technologies, applications and use cases, human-robot interaction and multiplicity as well as their uses and impact on library operations and services.

The Conference will cover topics including but not limited to the following:

  • human-robot interaction, multiplicity,

  • robotics-related software, AI, machine learning, etc,

  • robots for automation like book transport and inventory duties (excluding automated storage and retrieval system or ASRS),

  • robots to teach coding in software,

  • robots as eye-catcher and for fun (promotion),

  • humanoid robots for social interaction with clients and customers.

The Conference will include:

  • presentations from experts in the field,
  • panels and round table discussions,
  • hands-on workshop on developing algorithms and applications,
  • visiting robots in action in libraries.

Submission guidelines

Submissions for presentation may include:

  • Regular papers (2000 to 4000 words)
  • Short papers (discussing current work in progress: 1000 to 2000 words)
  • Posters
  • Workshops
  • Demos

All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work, and abstracts
must be in ENGLISH but the full paper when accepted may be in any of IFLA’s
official languages <https://www.ifla.org/language-policy>.

You can find a template for formatting your paper for satellite meetings as well as further information about submission on the IFLA website.

Dates to keep in mind

1 July 2019: Full papers to be submitted to the session coordinators

21-22 August 2019: Satellite conference

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program of the Satellite Meeting. All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2019 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 for attending the satellite meeting (eg. travel, accommodation, etc.) are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on the Conference Participation Grants webpage.


Call for Proposals: https://2019.ifla.org/cfp-calls/information-technology-section/