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Conference Program


Important Dates




  18 & 19 April 2019  
  Fullpapers Submission Due  
  Camera Ready  
  1 March 2019  
  Regular Registration  
  28 February 2019  

Keynote Speakers


Professor Stephen Pinfield

Professor of Information Services Management, The University of Sheffield, UK

MA (Cambridge), MA (London), PhD (Nottingham), PGCert (Sheffield), MCLIP, FHEA

Professor Stephen Pinfield worked as a senior information practitioner in the UK Higher Education sector. He was a Chief Information Officer at the University of Nottingham with responsibility for a large converged IT and library service supporting Nottingham’s campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia and have experience of leading a wide range of research-and-development projects and participating in national policy initiatives. His main research and teaching interests focus on scholarly communication, research data management, open access and open science, digital scholarship, digital information resources management, and managing information and technology services in organisations.

Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries

Academic libraries currently operate within and contribute to a rapidly changing environment. This presentation will summarise the findings of recent research which aimed to map out the landscape in which libraries are now operating, outlining a set of major nexuses of trends which are transforming the role of libraries. Key challenges and opportunities libraries face in this context will be discussed, as well as how libraries can position themselves to best contribute to the work of their institutions in future. The need to create and communicate a compelling vision of the library’s current and future role in the institution is seen as crucial. At the same time, libraries and library professionals need to be ready to change, and to work in collaboration with others outside the library, whilst at the same time promoting the library’s own unique contribution. The research challenges traditional library ‘mantras’, such as relying on the library’s ‘strong brand’, which often go unquestioned, and suggests new paradigms for thinking about library futures which can feature in strategic planning. Follow up work by the research team on library orientations in relation to the future, strategic modelling, and libraries and AI will also be mentioned.

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Dr. Diljit Singh

Retired Associate Professor, University of Malaya Malaysia and Past President, International Association of School Librarianship


He retired from the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr. Diljit was also previously Deputy Dean (Postgraduate) at the Faculty. Dr. Diljit holds a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma in Education from the University of Malaya, and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. from Florida State University, USA. 


Succeeding In an Era of Change

Libraries are facing many changes. Change, both internal and external, is inevitable and brings about challenges. But libraries need to succeed despite the many challenges or run the risk of becoming obsolete. The coming decade will be crucial for libraries if they are to meet the needs of society, of nations, instituitions, and even individuals. While there will be challenges, there are also opportunities. There are many organizations and institutions that continue to be successful, and even thrive. This presentation will draw upon examples from the business world, educational institutions and non-profit organizations that have been successful in this era of change.

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