15. november 2017

Call for papers

The IATUL 2018 Program Committee invites proposals for papers and posters, which should reflect the conference theme:

Libraries for the Future – from Inspiring Spaces to Open Science

The technological development of the recent decades has contributed to increased access to digital sources of knowledge and digital tools for students, teachers and researchers. This development has further changed the way they work, but also the way they use the University Library.

These changes has derived new demands for the libraries: we need to develop a library which suits the world as it is today. One way to accomplish this, is to focus on the users: what is their needs, what type of library and library services are relevant to them? In order to be able to solve the new tasks in the library effectively, it may also be necessary to look at how we organise our work; how can we develop organisations for the future? With this as a background, the overall topics for the conference and the call for papers will be:

  • User Centered Library and Service Design
  • Research Support and Open Science
  • Open Innovation
  • Beyond now – leading the workforce of the future
  • Information Literacy in a Digital Age
  • Strategic Collaboration, locally and globally

Important dates

  • Extended deadline for proposals/abstracts: February 18, 2018 – The submission is now closed.
  • Notifying of acceptance: end of March, 2018
  • Submission of final abstract and biographical note ready for publication on the website: April 6, 2018
  • Submission of full-text paper for conference proceedings: June 21, 2018

Instructions for abstracts, papers and posters

  • Please keep the length of your abstract to 2,000 characters incl. spaces and your biographical note to 500 characters incl. spaces.
  • All papers submitted must be original, and not have been published or presented before.
  • Abstract, papers and power point presentation will be published online.
  • Authors of accepted papers/poster must attend the conference for the paper/poster to be presented.
  • Authors would be given 20 minutes to present their paper with 5 additional minutes for discussion with the audience.
  • Posters will be displayed in a designated space at the conference venue. Display panels will be provided. Please bring your printed poster as we are unable to provide printing service.
Author Guidelines

Please read the Author Guidelines for detailed instructions for abstracts, papers and posters.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IATUL.


The submission is now closed – Submit your abstract online

Selection criteria

The IATUL Program Committee will evaluate submissions for quality, relevance to the conference, theme, clarity, originality and timeliness.

Best Poster Award

The posters will be evaluated by two IATUL Board members for content, innovation, and presentation of the poster.

Evaluation committee

Gry Bettina Moxnes, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
Lars Egeland, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
Mari S. Kannelønning, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
Almuth Gastinger, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Gwendolyn Ebbett, University of Windsor, Canada
Anne Horn, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reiner Kallenborn, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Jill Benn, University of Western Australia, Australia