LIBER 2019: Call for Papers

LIBER 2019: Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for LIBER’s 2019 Annual Conference in Dublin, from 26 to 28 June, is now open.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 14 January 2019. Guidance and conference topics are outlined in detail below.


Theme: Research Libraries for Society

In this time of information overload, ‘fake news’, ever-growing possibilities of digital scholarship and worldwide developments in Open Science, library support is needed more than ever. For as long as we can remember, libraries have been caretakers and disseminators of knowledge. Now that information and knowledge seems to be available for all, it still is the library which takes care of that availability, helps to ‘translate’ huge amounts of data to comprehensible and usable input for science, and takes care of disseminating the results of research and education to society at large. This role of research libraries is the focus of our next LIBER Annual Conference.

The Topics:

  • Citizen science and public engagement
  • Copyright and legal matters
  • Information ethics
  • Open Science, including Open Access
  • Linked open data and semantic interoperability
  • Digital humanities and digital cultural heritage
  • The future of collections
  • Bibliometrics
  • Emerging initiatives

We Invite Submissions of:

  • Future oriented thought-pieces arising out of current research
  • Research papers presenting theoretical solutions, with a clear illustration on how these solutions can be applied
  • Positions & opinions on some aspect of practice
  • Work-in-progress initiatives or pilot descriptions, sufficiently mature to warrant attention
  • Experiences and case studies specifying requirements, challenges or opportunities
  • Best practices


LIBER 2019 will include several session and presentation formats. When submitting a paper, speakers can choose the right format for the content they intend to deliver.

  • Research, best practices and case-studies papers covering the preceding fields and topics, presenting the methods used, and opening a discussion on the topic
  • Speed presentation/Lightning talk format, for example the pecha kucha format
  • Posters for a visually inspiring display of an initiative, its process, and results
  • Proposals for a pitch presentation for the Panel session

We are also looking for proposals on the suggested topics above that will be pitched during a plenary panel session. We are seeking 3-4 separate 5 minute pitches that either propose adopting a new local or national solution at European level or for a completely radical innovation/idea that is ripe for exploration by European research libraries.

The Conference Programme Committee may, in some cases, accept an abstract while proposing a format different from the one chosen if it fits better within the programme. In this case, the author will be contacted.

The Programme Committee Will Select Abstracts Based on the Following Criteria:

  • Relevance for the call for papers
  • Originality
  • Level of innovation
  • Impact on the wider library community
  • Quality of the abstract

How to Submit Your Abstract

To submit an abstract of your contribution go to

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 14 January 2019.

Guidance and Notes on Submitting

  • Accepted contributions will be limited to one paper and/or poster abstract per author. Similarly, we aim to avoid more than 1 paper on a single initiative/project.
  • Papers from commercial providers will not be considered.
  • All submissions will be automatically considered for the LIBER Innovation Award. Submitters of a proposal from qualifying countries may also apply for the LIBER Annual Conference Fund.
  • Abstract length should be a minimum of 250 words and should not exceed 500 words (for all forms suggested above).
  • The language of the conference will be English, therefore the Committee will only accept submissions in this language.
  • All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers who will evaluate them on the basis of the criteria mentioned above.
  • Authors are encouraged to submit their accepted papers for publication in LIBER Quarterly, which is a fully peer-reviewed journal. Instructions for this can be found on the journal website (; you may contact the managing editor through the journal’s contact page.

For tips on writing abstracts, please see this link.

Please note: all presenters are responsible for their own registration, accommodation and travel costs.

This Call for Papers has been assembled by LIBER’s Conference Programme Committee.

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