The Call for Papers for LIBER’s 2017 Annual Conference in Patras, Greece — from 5 to 7 July — is now open.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is 12 February 2017. Guidance and conference topics are outlined in detail below.
In light of the imminent launch of the LIBER Strategy 2018-22, we invite papers or posters that contribute to this forward looking discussion in the following areas:
Strategy and Innovation
- Innovations in library development and services
- Strategies for libraries under economic pressure
- Which services should research libraries provide in future that the digital economy will not?
- Innovations in metrics
- Sustainability of open infrastructure and services
- Fostering of new open access initiatives
- Evolution of digital repositories
- Digital decision workflows (not only scientific but also decisional workflow)
- Shared services
- Expected and unexpected impact of Open Science
- Understanding and addressing the whole Open Science workflow
- The role of libraries in responsible research and innovation
- Engaging in Citizen Science
- Partnering in digital humanities
- Potential of new technologies (e.g. blockchain)
Leadership and Capacity Building
- Leadership & vision- changing hearts and minds
- Mobilising the library
- Library Carpentry and software skills for librarians
- Modelling the research library workforce of the future
- Embedding digital skills in research
Knowledge and Data Management
- Emerging issues in managing data, software and tools
- Ethics of knowledge discovery
- Text and data mining tools and services
- Future proofing born digital material
- New knowledge out of old: making the most of special collections
We invite submissions of:
- Future oriented thought-pieces arising out of current research
- Research papers presenting theoretical solutions, but with a clear illustration on how these solutions can be applied
- Position papers presenting opinions on some aspect of practice, or describing work that is still in progress, but sufficiently mature to warrant attention
- Posters outlining experiences and case studies specifying requirements, challenges or opportunities
- Best practices
NEW! This year we are also seeking proposals that will be pitched during a plenary panel session. We are seeking 3- 4 separate 5 minute pitches that either propose adopting a new local or national solution at European level or for a completely radical innovation/idea that is ripe for exploration by European research libraries.
The Programme Committee will select abstracts based on the following criteria:
- Relevance for the Call for Papers
- Level of innovation
- Impact on the wider library community
- Quality of the abstract
How to Submit Your Abstract
To submit an abstract of your paper or poster go to https://www.conftool.net/liber2017
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 12 February 2017
- Accepted contributions will be limited to one paper and/or poster abstract per author. Similarly, we aim to avoid more than 1 paper on a single initiative/project.
- Papers from commercial providers will not be considered.
- All submissions will be automatically considered for the LIBER Award and for the LIBER Annual Conference Fund.
- Abstract length should be a minimum of 250 words and should not exceed 500 words.
- The language of the conference will be English. The Committee will only accept submissions in this language.
- All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers who will evaluate them on the basis of the criteria mentioned above.
- Authors are encouraged to submit their accepted papers for publication in LIBER Quarterly, which is now a fully peer-reviewed journal. Instructions for this can be found on the journal website; you may also contact the Managing Editor, Raf Dekeyser, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For tips on writing abstracts, please see this link.
Please Note: all presenters are responsible for their own registration and travel costs.
LIBER Conference Programme Committee Members
- Jeanette Frey, Chair (Switzerland)
- Susan Reilly, Co-ordinator (Netherlands)
- Ann Matheson (United Kingdom)
- Claudia Fabian (Germany)
- Kurt De Belder (Netherlands)
- Julien Roche (France)
- Elena Macevičiūtė (Lithuania)
- Kristina Pai (Estonia)
- Bo Öhrström (Denmark)
- Jo Rademakers (Belgium)
- Sylvia Van Peteghem (Belgium)
- Anna Lunden (Sweden)
- Marc Martinez (France)
- Adam Sofronijevic (Serbia)
- Wilhelm Widmark (Sweden)
- Giannis Tsakonas (Greece)
- Birgit Schmidt (Germany)
- Martin Moyle (United Kingdom)
- Jana Ķikāne (Latvia)
- Raf Dekeyser (Belgium)
- Pirjo-Leena Forstrom (Finland)
- Kimmo Tuominen (Finland)
- Liam Earney (UK)
- Hilde van Wijngaarden (NL)
- Cécile Swiatek (FR)
- Karin Grönwall (SE)
- Bruno Sagna (FR)
- Maaike Napolitano (NL)