LIBER 2021 Online: Call for Papers Extended Deadline

Posted: 12-01-2021 Topics: LIBER 2021 LIBER Conference Annual Conference

The Call for Papers for LIBER’s 2021 Annual Conference Online from 23 to 25 June, is now open. And the deadline to submit a proposal has been extended!

The deadline for submitting a proposal is now 31 January 2021. In view of the ongoing health crisis because of COVID-19, we have decided to host our Annual Conference Online for the second consecutive year. Guidance and conference topics are outlined in detail below.


Call for Papers


Libraries and Open Knowledge: from vision to implementation

“Knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary. Knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.”

― Daniel J. Boorstin

The COVID-19 pandemic changed almost every aspect of our everyday lives in a profound way. During such turbulent times, research libraries were called to redesign, adapt and continue to offer their services to researchers and students.

Within their institutions, libraries are responsible for the safekeeping and dissemination of content offering teaching and learning support to the academic staff and students. During lockdowns and significant restrictions of the library’s physical spaces the importance of OER and Open Knowledge came into the spotlight.

In times of crisis, more so than before, libraries remain in the forefront of open innovation and of ensuring the accessibility to knowledge and collections.


Topics & Types of Work

We Invite Submissions Of:

  • Future-oriented thought pieces arising out of current research
  • Research papers presenting theoretical solutions, with a clear illustration on how these solutions can be applied
  • Positions and opinions on some aspect of practice
  • Work-in-progress initiatives or pilot descriptions, sufficiently mature to warrant attention
  • Experiences and case studies specifying requirements, challenges or opportunities
  • Best practices


Session & Presentation Formats

LIBER 2021 Online will include several session and presentation formats. When submitting a paper, speakers can choose the right format for the content they intend to deliver.

  • Papers presenting research, best practices and case-studies, which cover the methods used and open a discussion on the topic
  • Lightning talks, in a format such as Pecha Kucha
  • Posters for a visually-inspiring display of an initiative, its process, and results

Proposals for a Panel Session

We also invite ideas for a panel session, consisting of 3-4 brief and engaging presentations related to the theme and the topics of the conference. Please submit your proposal (abstract length max. 500 words) to The Conference Programme Committee will review all submitted ideas and select the proposal which best fits the overall conference programme.

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


Selection Criteria

The Conference Programme Committee will select abstracts based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the Call for Papers
  • Levels of originality and innovation
  • Impact on the wider library community


How to Submit Your Abstract

To submit an abstract, please go to the LIBER 2021 submissions portal.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2021.

Guidance and Notes on Submitting

  • Accepted contributions will be limited to one paper and/or poster abstract per author. Similarly, we aim to avoid more than one paper 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 proposals) will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers, on the basis of the criteria mentioned above.
  • Authors are encouraged to submit their accepted papers 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.

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.

This Call for Papers has been assembled by LIBER’s Conference Programme Committee.