Monday, December 29, 2008


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Dubrovnik and Zadar, Croatia, 25 - 30 May 2009 Inter-University Centre ( ) and University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia ( Full information at: Email:

The annual international conference and course Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) addresses the changing and challenging environment for libraries and information systems and services in the digital world. Each year a different and "hot" theme is addressed, divided in two parts; the first part covering research and development and the second part addressing advances in applications and practice. LIDA brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, and developers from all over the world in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made easier by being held in memorable locations.

This is the tenth and last LIDA that will be held in Dubrovnik; after that LIDA moves to University of Zadar (Croatia) on a biannual basis.

Themes LIDA 2009

Part I: REFLECTIONS: Changes Brought by and in Digital Libraries in the Last Decade

Contributions are invited covering the following topics (types described below):
  • Synthesis of research, practices, and values related to digital libraries that were prominent in the past decade; conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches that emerged
  • Reflections and evaluations of the impact digital libraries have had on various social enterprises - particularly as related to scholarship, education, and government
  • Reflections and evaluation of the impact digital libraries have had on individuals in their everyday life; changes in use and users of digital libraries
  • Assessment of changes that digital libraries brought to traditional libraries and vice versa, changes in digital libraries based on requirements of their host institutions
  • Growth in involvement with digital libraries of a variety of institutions such as museums, professional and scientific societies, and other agencies
  • Emergence and effects of mass book digitization efforts, such as Million Book Project, Google Books Library Project, and others; library participation in these projects
  • Examples of good practices that emerged in a variety of efforts, such as digitization, preservation, access, and others
  • Reflections on challenges and lessons learned from national, funded digital library research and application projects such as US National Science Digital Library Program, the European Delos and Digital Library Project, and others ?Examination of international aspects of digital libraries with related trends in globalization and cooperative opportunities.
Part II: HERITAGE & digital libraries - digitization, preservation, access Contributions are invited covering the following topics (types described below):
  • Theories and taxonomies of heritage as related to digital libraries and heritage libraries in a digital world
  • Dimensions of e-heritage and areas of significance (documents, monuments - cultural and natural, as well as ancestry records broadly conceived to encompass bio-cultural heritage)
  • Institutional perspectives on creation, dissemination, and access to heritage including local, national, trans-national and global strategies for digital heritage
  • Perspectives on heritage information: cultural, political, educational, economic, legal, socio-technological, bio-technological
  • Surveys of preservation activities, programs, projects, best practices
  • Technologies for heritage information management: solutions and challenges
  • Forms of heritage, their representations, and connection to artifacts, memories, and record-keeping practices
  • Specific concerns for library and information science (including but not limited to digital curation, web archiving, automation of cultural heritage archives, etc.)
  • Preservation efforts related to scholarly communication and the knowledge continuum.
Types of contributions

Invited are the following types of contributions:
  1. Papers: research studies and reports on practices and advances that will be presented at the conference and included in published Proceedings
  2. Posters: short graphic presentations on research, studies, advances, examples, practices, or preliminary work that will be presented in a special poster session. Proposals for posters should be submitted as a short, one or two- page paper.
  3. Demonstrations: live examples of working projects, services, interfaces, commercial products, or developments-in-progress that will be presented during the conference in specialized facilities or presented in special demonstration sessions.
  4. Workshops: two to four-hour sessions that will be tutorial and educational in nature. Workshops will be presented before and after the main part of the conference and will require separate fees, to be shared with workshop organizers.
  5. PhD Forum: short presentations by PhD students, particularly as related to their dissertation; help and responses by a panel of educators.
Instructions for submissions are at LIDA site

  • For papers and workshops: 15 January 2009 (extended abstracts for papers).Acceptance by 10 February 2009.
  • For demonstrations and posters: 1 February 2009. Acceptance by 15 February 2009.
  • Final submission for all accepted papers (full text) and posters: 30 March 2009.
Conference contact information:

Course co-directors:

TATJANA APARAC-JELUSIC, Ph.D. Department of Library and Information Science University of Zadar; 23 000 Zadar, Croatia;

TEFKO SARACEVIC, Ph.D. School of Communication, Information and Library Studies; Rutgers University; New Brunswick, NJ, 08901 USA

Program chairs:

For Theme I: ELIZABETH D. LIDDY, Ph.D. Dean, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University; Syracuse, NY 13210, USA;

For Theme II: MARIJA DALBELLO, Ph.D. School of Communication, Information and Library Studies; Rutgers University; New Brunswick, NJ, 08901, USA;

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