Call for Papers | "Vorwärts nach weit"

From 23.05.2023-26.05.2023, the 111. Deutsche Bibliothekartag* will take place in Hanover under the motto „re von nah: vorwärts nach weit“. The organisers are the Berufsverband Information Bibliothek e.V. (BIB) and the VDB – Verein Deutscher Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare e.V.
We will hold a face-to-face event with many participants, hoping we will feel “normal” again. The space in Hannover is generous, digital elements are planned parallel to the on-site programme, and there will be a Congress Party.


* The name is here because a new name has not yet been decided. In 2023 we will probably meet under a new name.


The submission was possible from 01.09.2022 until 30.11.2022.

As organisers, we call on you, our colleagues as experts from academic and public libraries or information institutions, as well as representatives of relevant associations, to submit proposals for lectures and panel discussions on the following topics:

Themenkreis 1: Den Arbeitsalltag gestalten
(Shaping everyday work: Workflows, practical relevance, management, controlling, statistics, new work, new services, job profiles.)
Themenkreis 2: Qualifikationen in Ausbildung und Beruf
(Qualifications in education and occupation: courses of study, initial, continuing and further training, recruitment, job profiles, internationalisation of qualifications)
Themenkreis 3: Bauen und Lernen, Architektur und Pädagogik
(Building and Learning, Architecture and Pedagogy: New Construction, Conversion, (Hybrid) Learning Places, Resources, Sustainability, Didactics, Educational Partnerships)
Themenkreis 4: Dienstleistungen und Community Building
(Services and Community Building: Portfolio, Networking, Participation, Promotion of Democracy, Internationalisation, Rural Areas, Bookmobiles)
Themenkreis 5: Daten und Publikationen
(Data and Publications: Editions, Linked Open Data, Digital humanities, Bibliometrics, Open Access, Scientific publishing, Search spaces, Standardisation, Open Science)
Themenkreis 6: Digitale und analoge Infrastrukturen
(Digital and analogue infrastructures: NFDI, FID, long-term archiving, research data management (structures), research software, collaborative approaches, preservation, repositories)

General Information

General information on abstract submission
Submissions are only possible online; other ways of submission will not be considered, nor will incomplete submissions. Therefore, please pay particular attention to completeness (abstract, indication of the discussants or the discussion leader, indication of the speaker(s), the target groups and the time/space required).
Proposals for events are requested in the form of an abstract of a maximum of 2,000 characters (including spaces). The title must not exceed 125 characters; the organisers also reserve the right to edit titles. Please provide a short biography of max. 300 characters, preferably with a link to the content of the submitted abstract. Please also list the expected space requirements and the target group for your events.
We are guided by the following criteria when evaluating submissions:

  • Scientific quality
  • Practical relevance
  • Timeliness

Publication of the presentations
By registering their contribution, speakers agree that the abstracts of accepted presentations will be made available on the online publication server of the Bibliothekartag (BIB-OPUS, by the start of the 111. Deutschen Bibliothekartages.
Online publication will occur immediately after the congress on Opus or in o-bib. Details will be communicated to the speakers with the acceptance of their presentation.
Selected lectures will also be published after the Bibliothekartag either in the VDB’s open access journal “o-bib” or in BuB (online and/or in print). Speakers whose presentation is intended for publication 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.
The long-term archiving of streamed content will be checked.

Information about the Different Types of Event

Working meetings
Registration for members’ meetings is done by the committee.
Please note: Except for the BIB, VDB and dbv members’ meetings, access to the working sessions on the congress site is only possible for registered congress visitors.
Other submitted working sessions will be assigned to the regular review by the Programme Commission.
Session leaders do not receive free congress admission.

Individual presentations
To allow sufficient time for discussion, a maximum of 15 minutes of speaking time will be allocated for individual presentations. Only individual presentations may be submitted, not blocks of presentations. If there is a connection between the contents of 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 shown in the list of speakers. All other authors and/or speakers can only be presented directly in the abstract.
If a moderator is proposed for one or more presentations, please name him/her. Speakers receive free admission. If more than one person is presenting, only one person will receive this preference.
The submitted papers will be reviewed by honorary reviewers and proposed to the programme committee. Potential reviewers are welcome to contact the organisers. Sessions curated entirely by the associations are exempt from additional review.
Company presentations and product presentations
Companies are invited to present their products in the company exhibition and presentations and talk to 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™)”. Ms Alexandra Krohn is available as your contact person at Further information and the corresponding conditions can be found in the Exhibitor and Sponsor Manual under the heading Company Presentations.
Presentations with a commercial background are always treated as company presentations.

Panel discussions
In panel discussions, a topic is to be discussed controversially. Each participant pursues a thesis, which is briefly presented at the beginning of the discussion. In the course of the discussion, the audience participates.
Panels with more than five participants plus a moderator are not planned.
Between 90 minutes and two hours are available for panel discussions. In the abstract, please state the (controversial) theses, the persons discussing them, and the moderator(s) of the discussion. The moderator of the discussion will be admitted free of charge.
Panel participants who do not come from the BID context and bring an external perspective to the discussion can be financed through the associations, if applicable, with a free day ticket. There is no entitlement to this service.

Hands-On Labs
We are planning to hold Hands-On Labs again. Subject to unexpected pandemic-related restrictions.

Hands-On Labs are events for smaller groups who want to deal with a topic intensively and in practical exercises, get in touch with software etc. and become active themselves. In the sense of Open Space Learning, participants should be able to gain direct practical experience (e.g. installing search engine software together).
A Hands-On Lab lasts 90 or 120 minutes.
When submitting your application, please specify the moderator, the topic, the target group and the time and space required, and explain how active participation by the participants will be facilitated.
Hands-On Labs that require participants to register in advance must be marked accordingly in the abstract, with the corresponding email address to which the registrations should be sent.
Special technical equipment cannot be provided but must be organised by the submitter. Projector, demonstration computer, flipcharts, screen and moderation stationery are available in the room. LAN connections are also available in the digital lab. Laptops, tablets and/or mobile phones will not be provided; the requirement to bring them should be pointed out in the abstract, if applicable.
The leader of the Hands-on Lab will receive free admission to the congress.

Posters can be submitted. There will be a separate call for this in December 2022.

The call for the #Free Space will be made in December 2022 to be able to adequately consider current developments. The free space is available for presentations by associations, guests and participants but not for use in a commercial context.

Dates and Contact

Submissions are possible from 01.09. to 30.11.2022.
Authors are expected to be notified by the end of February 2023.

Submission of posters (see Call for Poster) will be possible from 15.01. to 31.03.2023.

Submission of papers for #Freiraum23 is possible through the Call for #Freiraum23.

For further information, please contact Ms Jana Mruck of K.I.T. Group at