Call for Proposals for the LIBER 2024 Annual Conference Now Open

Posted: 20-11-2023 Topics: LIBER 2024 LIBER Conference

The Call for Proposals for the upcoming 53rd LIBER Annual Conference is now open. The deadline for submitting a proposal is the 19th of January 2024 (extended deadline). Guidance on this as well as conference topics are outlined in detail below. For more information about the conference in general, please visit the LIBER 2024 website. 

LIBER 2024 Annual Conference Theme: 
State-of-the-art libraries in the service of science and society’. 

Research libraries are dynamic entities that evolve rapidly within society, research, and academia, in times when there is an urgency to solve critical global problems. While we often need time to reflect and assess what we have done, we are challenged to respond to the demands of our communities and of global society. What kind of leadership should be exhibited within our organisations and beyond? What kind of synergies should be pursued to address the issues of a ‘post-truth’ world? What purpose do technological advancements bring, and how can we adapt to them?   

Following the paths of openness and trust that we collectively trod at the LIBER 2023 Annual Conference in Budapest, it is time to show how state of the art services, spaces, and collections are not just a state of mind, but real implementations that respond to the great challenges in research and society of our time.


We ask our community to submit their proposals for contribution to the LIBER 2024 conference, distilling – in an engaging way – their work on the following topics:  

  • Charting the field of Artificial Intelligence for research libraries  
  • Embedding equity and diversity in daily operations  
  • Evaluating the impact of Open Science on research libraries  
  • Fostering leadership for independence, sustainability, and progress  
  • Innovating on the use of library spaces  
  • Establishing responsibility on measurements, metrics, and rankings  
  • Claiming community ownership of scholarly communication  
  • Providing platforms of interaction with society 

Submission Formats 

LIBER 2024 invites submissions on the Conference theme and topics, comprising of any of the following content directions: 

  • Future-oriented, thought leadership pieces arising out of current research. 
  • Presentation of research-based solutions, with a clear illustration on the methods used, the ways they can be applied, and/or the results. 
  • Work in progress or pilot descriptions, sufficiently mature to warrant attention.  
  • Experiences, best practices, and case studies specifying requirements, challenges or opportunities. 

When submitting a proposal, speakers can choose the best format for the content they intend to deliver from the list of options below: 

  • Presentations: mature works that showcase research, best practices, and case studies, which cover the methods used and open a discussion on the theme and its topics.  
  • Posters: visually-inspiring displays of an initiative, completed or in progress, processes, and results.  
  • Panel Session: lively panel sessions, consisting of 3 – 4 brief and engaging presentations related to the theme and the topics of the conference, inviting discussion among the panellists and with the audience. 

Note: For all proposals, the Conference Programme Committee may, in some cases, accept an abstract while proposing an alternative format from the initially selected one if it fits better within the programme. In this case, the author will be consulted. 

Selection Criteria  

The CPC will select abstracts based on the following criteria:  

  • Originality/Innovation  
  • Method/Elaboration  
  • Interest/Engagement  
  • Impact/Implication  
  • Relevance   

How to Submit Your Abstract 

To submit an abstract, please visit the LIBER 2024 submissions portal. The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 19th of January 2024 (extended deadline). 

Panel and workshop proposals can also be submitted via the LIBER 2024 submissions portal. 

Guidance and Notes on Submitting 

  • Accepted contributions will be limited to one presentation and/or poster abstract per author. Similarly, we aim to avoid more than one presentations on a single initiative/project. 
  • Submissions advertising commercial products and/or services will not be considered. 
  • All submissions will be automatically considered for the LIBER Innovation Award. 
  • Abstract length should be a minimum of 250 words and should not exceed 500 words (for all forms suggested above). 
  • Only submissions in English will be considered, in line with the official language of the conference. 
  • All submitted abstracts (except for the panel and workshop proposals) will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers, based on the criteria mentioned above. 
  • Authors are encouraged to submit their accepted abstracts for publication in LIBER Quarterly, a fully peer-reviewed journal. Instructions for this can be found on the journal website, as can contact details for LIBER Quarterly’s managing editor. LIBER Quarterly is also accepting practise papers, more information for the submission process can be found here. 

For tips on writing abstracts, please see this link. 

Notification of Acceptance 

We expect to announce the outcomes of the peer review in early March 2024. 

Note: This Call for Proposals has been assembled by LIBER’s Conference Programme Committee (CPC).