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The 112. BiblioCon will take place from 4 – 7 June 2024 at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) under the motto “”.
The organisers are the Berufsverband Information Bibliothek e.V. (BIB) and the VDB – Verein Deutscher Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare e.V. (Association of German Librarians).

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Presentations can be submitted from 01.09. to 30.11.2023. BiblioCon is becoming increasingly international, so we welcome submissions of presentations and events in English as well.
As organisers, we call on you, our colleagues as experts from academic and public libraries, information institutions and representatives of relevant associations to submit proposals for lectures and panel discussions on the following topics.

Topic 1: Libraries as location and radius of action

Here: Workflows, Portfolio, Working Conditions, Library Construction, Work, Research and Learning Sites, Changing Work Tasks, Diversity, LGBTQ in Libraries, Sustainability, Engagement Policy Issues, Volunteerism, Cultural Policy Issues, Censorship and “Culture Wars,” Third Party Influence on Library Work, Information Literacy, Library Pedagogy.

Topic 2: Thinking outside the box – libraries in dialogue

Here: developments in science communication, Fediverse, research assessment, working conditions in science, libraries and communities (refugees, etc.), libraries and urban development, impulses from archives and museums, creative bureaucracy, digital management, metareflection, and libraries from the perspective of others, libraries and politics.

Topic 3: The library as a professional field

Here: Vocational training, curricula, job profiles, classification, collective bargaining and classification issues, changes in requirements, (personnel) marketing, personnel recruitment, advanced training, continuing education, change in job profile due to AI, new tasks with AI.

Topic 4: Research-related services and open science

Here: Scholarly publishing, open access, DEAL, university publishing, research data management, open science, open educational resources, research software, NFDI, FID, digital humanities, statistics and bibliometrics, and transformation.

Topic 5: Organization, organizational development, management and services

Here: Agile working, information literacy, planning and control issues, staff development, failure as an issue, controlling, library networks, division of labor, law, and improving services through AI.

Topic 6: Collections, repositories, retro-digitization and cultural heritage (protection)

Here: Preservation, emergency associations, digitization and presentation of digitized collections, restoration, climate control of libraries and stacks, indexing of old stock, provenance research, cataloguing standards, authority data, Linked Open Data, long-term archiving, repositories, restitution, expropriation, citizen participation, citizen science.

For the presentation of current topics, the use of the #Freiraum24 in the exhibition is ideal. Planning for #Freiraum24 will be possible with a short lead time and therefore allows the inclusion of contributions that can be planned at short notice.
Please pay attention to the separate call.

General information

Submission is only possible online, other ways of submission will not be considered as well as incomplete submissions. Each submission must include an abstract, information about the speakers or the discussion leader, all presenters, as well as information about the target group and time/space requirements .
Please always link your submission to the names of all persons involved. Only these names can be checked for time overlaps in the course of the program design. Unfortunately, subsequent program changes are not possible.
BiblioCon would like to increasingly include impulses and best practices from the international context and to give colleagues from non-German-speaking librarianship and other fields access to discussions and developments. We therefore explicitly welcome the submission of English-language contributions. When submitting, please indicate whether you are planning an English-language contribution or are flexible in your choice of presentation language.
BiblioCon thrives on the commitment of the participants, therefore presentation fees and travel reimbursements are not provided. The program committee reserves the right to make decisions on a case-by-case basis in the event of requests from associations and committees.
Presentations by company representatives are part of the company program for which a fee is charged. If company products are dealt with in the context of lectures by professional colleagues, it must be ensured that service aspects are in the foreground, otherwise the submitted contribution will be treated as a company lecture.
Individual submitting colleagues who are not (or no longer) employed full-time in libraries and who make their main living from consulting and training activities may submit. Submissions will be treated, but at a lower fee, as corporate presentations. This essentially applies to “solo self-employed” and not to employees in companies (see company presentation).
Proposals for events are requested in the form of an abstract of no more than 2,000 characters (including spaces). The title must not exceed 125 characters. The organizers reserve the right to edit the title. Please include a short biography of no more than 300 characters, preferably with a link to the content of the submitted abstract. In addition, please list the expected space requirements and target audience for your events. Please remember not to overload the presentations, and prepare your presentation in a readable manner and with due brevity.
We will be guided by the following criteria when evaluating submissions:

  • Quality of content
  • Practical relevance
  • Topicality or innovation potential

Conference contributions from commissions of the organizing associations can be submitted as a fully curated session. The session will be evaluated as an overall planning in the program commission.

Publication of the presentations
By registering their paper, speakers agree that abstracts of accepted papers will be made available on the BiblioCon online publication server by the start of the 112th BiblioCon (BIB-OPUS,
It is also possible for speakers to submit the long version of their paper or their presentation online in good time before their presentation – however, there will also be an on-site media acceptance. Details will be communicated to the speakers with the acceptance of their presentation.
Selected presentations will be published after BiblioCon either in the VDB’s Open Access journal “o-bib”, in BuB (online and/or print) or on the BIB-OPUS server. Speakers whose papers are to be published will be asked by the respective editors to submit their manuscript to the editors shortly after the end of the conference. Further details will be communicated to the speakers with the acceptance of their presentation.

Information about the Different Types of Event

Requirements for special equipment
If you have any special requirements for room furnishings, it is imperative that these be registered during the submission process. Since remodeling is expensive and staff-intensive, we are planning a medium-sized room with the option to remodel it ourselves. There, tables can be pushed to the edge or brought into the center, chair circles and open spaces can be designed.

Working sessions
Please note: With the exception of the BIB, VDB and dbv members’ meetings, access to the working sessions on the congress grounds is only possible for registered congress visitors.
The registration of general meetings will be done by the responsible committee.
Other submitted working sessions will be assigned to the regular review by the program committee. Please note that working sessions with more than one speaker and content focus must be submitted as a coherent session for the main program in the form of individual presentations.

Individual presentations
In order to allow sufficient time for discussion, a maximum of 15 minutes is available for individual presentations. Only individual presentations can be submitted, not blocks of presentations. If there is a connection in content between several presentations, please indicate this in the comments field when submitting.
Due to the limited speaking time, a maximum of two speakers per presentation can be considered. These will both be displayed in the list of speakers (online and print). All other authors and/or speakers can only be presented directly in the abstract and are not included in the check for time overlaps (see above).
If a presenter is proposed for a lecture or several lectures, please name him/her. Speakers will be admitted free of charge. If more than one person is presenting, only one person will receive this preference.

Panel discussions
In panel discussions, a topic is to be discussed controversially. Each participant pursues a thesis, which he/she briefly presents at the beginning of the discussion. During the discussion, the audience participates.
Panels with more than five participants plus a moderator are not planned.
Panel discussions are allowed between 90 minutes or two hours. In the abstract, please state the (controversial) theses as well as the persons discussing and the leader of the discussion. The leader of the discussion will be admitted free of charge.
Panelists:in, who are not from the BID context and bring an external perspective to the discussion, can be granted free admission via a free day pass (by mail at There is no entitlement to this benefit.

Hands-on Labs
Hands-on Labs will again be held at BiblioCon. Hands-on Labs are dedicated to a topic, a software tool or a service from a practical point of view and aim at the active participation of the participants. Hands-on Labs that consist of a series of lectures will not be accepted. The leader of the Hands-on Lab receives free admission.

Curated sessions of the commissions
Conference papers from commissions of the organizing associations may be submitted as a fully curated session. Individual presentations must be submitted as usual. However, it may be indicated that it is part of a fully curated session. The session will be evaluated as a fully planned session in the program committee.

Company presentations and product presentations
Companies are invited to present their products in the company exhibition and at company presentations and to seek discussions with customers there. The booking of company presentations, exhibition space and sponsoring services is done via the online booking system “Exhibition and Sponsoring Ordering System (ESOS™)”. Please contact Ms. Alexandra Krohn of K.I.T. Group at Further information and the corresponding conditions can be found in the Exhibitor and Sponsor Manual under the heading Company Presentations.

Posters can be submitted. There will be a separate call.

Dates and Contact

The submission of abstracts is possible from 01.09. to 30.11.2023.
The authors will be notified by end of February 2024.

The submission of posters is possible from 15.01. to 05.04.2024.
There will be a separate call for poster.

The submission of abstracts for the #Freiraum24 is possible from 15.01.2024.
There will be a separate call for #Freiraum24.


For any further question please fell free to contact Mrs. Wioletta Syplie of K.I.T. Group at

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