Due to the Corona Pandemic, the Deutsche Bibliothekartag in Hanover cannot take place.

Detailed Information

Call for Papers | "Vorwärts nach weit"

The 109th Deutscher Bibliothekartag will be held at the Hannover Congress Centrum (HCC) under the motto “Vorwärts nach weit”. The congress is organised by the two leading German library associations, the Verein Deutscher Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare e.V. (VDB) and the Berufsverband Information Bibliothek e.V. (BIB).

In 2020, we will continue to offer you the opportunity to present your topics in a variety of formats.


With seven topic areas, the Deutscher BIbliothekartag addresses different target groups and areas of interest – all about new and old challenges for libraries and library-related institutions. As organizers we call upon you to submit proposals for lectures, panel discussions and hands-on labs on the following topics:


  • Topic Area 1: Political and Social Challenges
    Library and Copyright Law, Library, Education and Cultural Policy, Citizen Participation, Citizen Science, Data Protection, Demographic Change, Voluntary Work, Intercommunal Cooperation, International Science and Funding Policy, Internationalization, Cultural and Political Education, Lobbying, Sustainability, Urban Development, Science Networks


  • Topic Area 2: Library as a Physical Place
    Information and Advice, Library Construction, Services in Transition, Learning Spaces – Learning Environments, information Literacy and Didactics (from Kamishibai to Data Literacy), Third Place, Opening Hours: Open Library and Sunday Opening, Room Concepts, On-site Use


  • Topic Area 3: Training, Further Education & Personnel Development
    Working Time Models, Training and Studies, Job Description, Career Entry, Voluntary Work, Advanced Training, Organizational Learning, Leadership, Organizational Psychology, Personnel Development and Recruiting, Tariff Situation, Further Training, Knowledge Management, Team Organization, Lateral Entry Into Libraries


  • Topic Area 4: Technology and IT Infrastructure
    Digital Agendas, Campus Management Systems, Cloud Environments, Electronic Resource Management, Discovery Systems, Collaboration, Open Educational Resources, National Infrastructures, Social Media Management, Interfaces, Data and Program Sharing, Semantic Technologies


  • Topic Area 5: Content and Digitization
    Inventory Management, Inventory Preservation, Inventory Presentation, IIIF Viewer, Digital Editions, eMedia and Electronic Resource Management, eScience, Indexing Standards, Acquisition, Subject Information Services, Business and License Models, Full Text Recognition, Historical Inventories, Long-Term Archiving, Linked Open Data, Digital Humanities, PDA, Provenance Research, Retro-Digitization, Collections, Digitization Workflows, Metadata, Formats


  • Topic Area 6: Research Data and Research-related Services
    Research Data Management, National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), Open Access and Open Access Transformation, Publication Support, Further Development of Repository Services, DOI, ORCID and Other Identifiers


  • Topic Area 7: Management and Organization
    Agile Planning and Working, Library Concepts, Library Management, Library Strategy, Library Statistics and Controlling, In- and Outsourcing, Innovation Management, Collaboration, Organizational Forms, Quality Management, Performance Measurement, Change Processes, Associations and their Development, Target Group Management.


The Programme Committee invites all colleagues, specialists from academic and public libraries and information facilities, and representatives of relevant associations and companies to submit presentations on these topics.

International speakers are also welcome to submit presentations for the congress. They may receive financial support from Bibliothek & Information International (BII).

Presentations will be accepted in English, but please note that there will be no translation.

General information

Abstract Submission

Submissions must be made online; submissions made in any other form cannot be given consideration.

Incomplete submissions (without an abstract or without specification of the names of discussion participants or the discussion leader, the workshop topic, the chair of a committee/association, the target group or the required space/time) cannot be given consideration.

Proposals for events should be made in the form of an abstract with a maximum of 2000 characters (including spaces). The title must not exceed 125 characters, and the organisers reserve the right to edit the title.

Submissions should include a short biography with a maximum of 300 characters, preferably making reference to the topic being submitted.

Please state the amount of seating you expect will be required and the target group for your event.

Remember not to include too much information in your presentation and prepare it in a suitably brief and readable form.


Acceptance criteria

We will evaluate the submissions on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality
  • Practical relevance
  • Relevance for the current situation

Selection procedure (evaluation concept)

The congress organisers will appoint a committee of experts for each of the topic areas to evaluate the content of the submitted contributions and develop suggestions for a coherent programme that takes into consideration the time and space available at the congress venue.

The Programme Committee will draw up the Congress Programme based on the reviewers’ suggestions at the beginning of 2020. The Programme Committee is also responsible for grouping multiple presentations together in thematic blocks. The Programme Committee consists of members of VDB and BIB, as well as the local committee in Hanover.

The Programme Committee will make its decision autonomously; no one is guaranteed the right to conduct an event. The committee reserves the right to edit the title of a submission.


Publication of Presentations

By submitting a proposal, speakers agree to publish the abstracts of accepted presentations on the organiser’s online publication server before the start of the 109th Deutscher Bibliothekartag (BIB-OPUS, https://opus4.kobv.de/opus4-bib-info).

Speakers are requested to have the full versions of their presentations ready to publish on the Deutscher Bibliothekartag online publication server directly before the start of the congress. They will be published immediately after the congress. Speakers will be given more details after their contributions have been accepted.

Selected presentations will be published after the congress, either in VDB’s open access journal ‘o-bib’ or in BUB (online and/or print). Speakers whose presentations are to be published will be asked by the editor to provide the publisher with the manuscript shortly after the end of the conference. Speakers will be given more details after their contributions have been accepted.

Information about the Different Types of Event

Working Sessions

Working sessions such as meetings of public and internal committees, associations, consortia and membership assemblies will not be evaluated. Such sessions should be registered by the Committee Chairperson through the abstract management system.

Each committee may register no more than one working session. The required seating space and length of time must be stated. Rooms will be allocated on the basis of availability at the congress centre and in libraries nearby.

Please specify whether working sessions are public or closed events. Except for membership assemblies of the BIB, VDB and dbv, access to working sessions at the congress centre will only be granted to registered congress participants.

Please note that working sessions that are similar in content to lecture sessions or hands-on labs will be treated accordingly and assigned to regular review.


Individual Presentations

To ensure there is enough time for discussion, individual presentations may last no longer than 15 minutes.

Only individual presentations can be submitted; presentation blocks will not be accepted. If there are links between the content of several different presentations, please state this in your submission.

Due to the limited amount of time available for speeches, a maximum of two speakers per presentation are permitted. They will both be named in the list of speakers (online and print). All other authors and/or speakers can only be referred to directly in the abstract.

If you would like to suggest a moderator for a presentation or several presentations, please specify their name in your submission.

Speakers will receive free entry to the congress. If a presentation includes more than one speaker, only one person will receive this benefit.


Company Presentations and Product Presentations

Companies are requested to present their products and engage with customers at the company exhibition and in company presentations. Company presentations, exhibition space and sponsoring must be booked via the online Exhibition and Sponsoring Ordering System (ESOS™).

If you have any questions, please contact Ms Alexandra Krohn at ausstellung@bibliothekartag2020.de. Further information and details of the conditions are available in the Exhibitor and Sponsorship Handbook under the section on company presentations.


Hands-on Labs (analog and digital)

Hands-on labs are aimed at congress participants who would like to learn about a topic or a resource (e.g. a type of software) in an active manner. These sessions should follow the principles of open space learning and enable participants to gain direct practical experience (e.g. by installing search engine software together).

Proposals for hands-on labs are to be submitted via the abstract management system. In addition to the topic, subject matter and the name of the presenter or session owner, the proposal must include an explanation of how active participation will be made possible.

The submitter can include a contact address in the abstract in order to get an overview of the participant’s interest. Participants can also register at this address. The AMS can be used to pre-select a room, which will be taken into account when designing the programme.


The following rooms are available for the Hands-On Labs:

– Lab I: single tables and chairs, laptop/beamer and flipchart for World Cafés and mainly analogue labs (20 – 30 persons)

– Lab II: blockboard, laptop/beamer and flipchart for mainly analog labs (max. 20 persons)

– Lab III: Block board with fixed internet connection, laptop/beamer and flipchart for digital labs (max. 20 persons)

– Lab IV: variable seating, laptop/beamer and whiteboard for labs up to 60 persons

Please select “Other” as the form of contribution.

The head of the lab receives free admission.


Podium of the Associations

Short lectures and presentations of the associations will take place on the podium of the associations.


Panel Discussions

Panel discussions should deal with a controversial topic. Each participant presents a position that they explain briefly at the beginning of the discussion. During the course of the discussion, the audience will also be able make contributions.

Panels consist of no more than five members plus a moderator.

Podium discussions last between 90 minutes and two hours. Please state the controversial positions and the names of the panel members and the person chairing the discussion in the abstract.

The person chairing each discussion will receive free admission to the congress.

Panel members without a BID background who bring an external perspective to the discussion may be considered eligible for a free day-pass. The Programme Committee reserves the right to provide free passes. The person chairing the discussion must apply for a free day-pass by e-mail to registrierung@bibliothekartag2020.de, stating the date and time. These panel members will be given a guest badge at the registration desk on the day of the event.


Presentation of Posters and Clips

Professional congress visitors have the opportunity to present innovative projects, initiatives, studies or research findings in the form of digital video clips in place of the traditional poster format.

Please note the separate Call for Posters and Call for Clips.

Dates and Contact

Dates & Events

Abstract Submission period: 01 September to 02 December 2019
Notification of acceptance for authors: by the end of February 2020
Poster and Clip submission period (after the separate call for posters): 13 February to 31 March 2020
Notification of acceptance for poster authors: 30 April 2020


Ms Kelly Reitz from K.I.T. Group will be happy to help with any questions (+49-30-24603427 or abstract@bibliothekartag2020.de).