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Call for participation: Libraries in the Digital Age 2010

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Zadar, Croatia, 24 - 28 May 2010

University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia (

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The annual international conference 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.

Themes LIDA 2010

Part I: DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP: support by digital libraries. Contributions (types described below) are invited covering the following topics:

  • Research, practices, and values related to digital scholarship, including conceptual frameworks that emerged
  • Contemporary nature of the scholarly information and communicationenvironment in general and as involving digital libraries in particular
  • Developments in digital humanities
  • Navigating shifting patterns of scholarly communication
  • The impact digital libraries have on digital scholarship and on education in various fields, and vice versa; the impact of digital scholarship on digital libraries
  • Studies on how faculty, researchers, and students make use of digital scholarly resources for their research or in education
  • Practices that emerged in libraries related to support of digital scholarship, such as resource/collection building, digitization, preservation, access, services and others;
  • International aspects of digital libraries with related trends in globalization and cooperative opportunities for support of digital scholarship;
  • Research and discussions on general questions: How are we to understand new forms of scholarship and scholarly works in their own right? How are we to respond in digital libraries? What are the opportunities and challenges?

Part II: DIGITAL NATIVES: challenges & innovations in reaching out to digital born generations. Contributions (types described below) are invited covering the following topics:

  • Research and discussions on general questions: who are these digital natives? How they are different from older generations - or digital immigrants - and what is the world they're creating going to look like?
  • The impact of digital natives on libraries
  • Digital libraries and social networks on the Web
  • The cultural and technological challenges faced by digital libraries in serving digital natives
  • Examples of library services specifically aimed at digital natives
  • Efforts by libraries to help people that are more digital immigrants to become more digitally natives
  • Role of libraries in e-learning and education in general
  • Is the future of libraries closely associated with how successfully they meet the demands of digital users?

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 (an extended abstract) and workshops (a short proposal): 15 January 2010. Acceptance by 10 February 2010.

For demonstrations (a proposal) and posters (an extended abstract): 1 February 2010. Acceptance by 15 February 2010.

Final submission for all accepted papers and posters: 15 March 2010.

Conference contact information

Conference co-directors:

TATJANA APARAC-JELUSIC, Department of Library and Information Science University of Zadar; Zadar, Croatia;

TEFKO SARACEVIC, School of Communication and Information; Rutgers University; New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Program chairs:

For Theme I: VITTORE CASAROSA, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy,

For Theme II: GARY MARCHIONINI, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA,


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