Theme | Reimagining Libraries for a Post-Pandemic World


The pandemic has brought challenges to library and information services, and LIS practitioners are using this period to rethink its platforms and processes, to be more innovative about how libraries interacts with the users and stakeholders. Library and information services are being continuously re-designed during the COVID-19 phase and they may continue to be re-oriented in the next few years with new ways of working being experimented with. ICoLIS 2021 sincerely invites submissions on idea, practice and research in the context of libraries' response during the COVID-19 pandemic and determine their working practices, services patterns, strategies applied, and role played. We strongly encourage submissions that illuminate or discuss the pandemic's impacts that cross-cut the conference sub-themes:


  • Library between tradition, self-conception and public perception: Libraries in modern society, library inclusion and exclusion, user perception.

  • Library in the age of digital: Digital libraries, open access repositories, social media, digital humanities, big data and data science, Library 4.0, blockchain technologies.

  • Library in the service of society: Digital and information literacy, personalized service and user modelling, embedded librarianship, data science librarian, data stewardship, information specialist.

  • Library in the service of scientific information and scholarly communication: Bibliometrics, scientometrics, webometrics, community networks for scientific data, Research data management; Open Science

  • Library in the service of practical librarianship:
    Library administration and management, collection development, marketing library services, measuring service value and impact, protecting and preserving librarianship, disaster management.

  • Library in teaching, studying and profession: LIS education and training, professional code of ethics, professional body, quality assurance, accreditation of LIS programmes, MOOC and LIS education, future librarians and future skills.