Zadar, Croatia, 18 – 22 June 2012

University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia (

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Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) is a biennial international conference that focuses on the challenging and rapidly transforming nature of libraries and information systems and services. In recognition of today’s continually evolving online and mediated technological environment, “CHANGES” has been chosen as the theme for LIDA 2012, which is divided into two parts. The first part addresses advances in applications and practice and the second part covers research and development. LIDA 2012 brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, and developers from all over the world in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made memorable by being held in an enchanting and spectacularly beautiful city on the shore of theAdriatic Sea.

“CHANGES”  –  LIDA 2012 Theme

Part I: CHANGES in the world of library services: Evolution and innovation.

Contributions (types described below) are invited covering the following topics:

  • emergence of new library visions and missions related to users and their reflection in new services; relation to traditional library missions and values;
  • fundamental and practical transformations in some of traditional library services;
  • reports on and examples of innovative library services in all kinds of libraries;
  • changes in public library services; transformation to web-based services;
  • reports on innovative efforts related to new or transformed services, such as information literacy, employment help, provision of technology access, and others;
  • the impact of new technology on library services; technological challenges faced by libraries, librarians, and users;
  • the impact and challenges of social networks on library services; library participation;
  • study of variety of users or potential users: scholars, students, digital natives, digital immigrants, children, elderly, technology-challenged, and others;
  • role of library services in e-learning, education and e-scholarship;
  • libraries as large scale repositories of scholarly data and reports, historical records, or institutional documentation;
  • evaluation of library services; evaluation of quality and interoperability of digital libraries and their services;
  • discussion about general issues: How are we to understand new or transformed library services in their own right? In relation to traditional library services and values? Acceptance of and resistance to new services? What are pressures, challenges, and opportunities for significant innovations related to library services?

Part II: CHANGES in the world of electronic resources: Information and digitization.

Contributions (types described below) are invited covering the following topics:

  • fundamental and practical transformations in electronic resources and digitization during past decade or so; conceptual frameworks that emerged; changes in information included;
  • mass digitization projects: developments, problems, controversies;
  • effects on libraries in general and on digital libraries in particular;
  • changes in practices in libraries related to digitization, preservation, organization and access;
  • changes in content and structure of library and related institutional web sites and portals used for access; user-generated content;
  • developments in science as it becomes increasingly data driven and interdisciplinary; developments in digital humanities;
  • developments in publishing and approaches taken by publishers;
  • cooperative arrangements for open access of e-resources and preservation of cultural records; cooperation with museums, archives, and other institutions;
  • shifting patterns of access to and use of e-resources; studies on how faculty, researchers, and students make use of e-resources;
  • evaluation of e-resources and associated processes of access and use;
  • discussion about general issues: How are we to understand new forms of e-resources in their own right? How are we to respond in digital libraries? What are the opportunities and challenges?

Types of contributions

Invited are the following types of contributions:

  1. Papers: research studies and reports on research and  practice 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, to be included in the Proceedings.
  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; a panel of educators will respond to PhD Forum presentations.

Instructions for submissions are at LIDA site

Important dates:

  • Papers and posters: an extended abstract by 31 January 2012.
  • For accepted full papers and poster summary in final form for Proceedings by 15 April 2012.
  • Workshops: a short proposal by 31 January 2012.
  • Demonstrations a proposal by 1 March 2012.
  • PhD Forum: dissertation proposal or research description by 1 April 2012.

Conference contact information

Conference co-directors:

TATJANA APARAC-JELUSIC, Ph.D., Department of Information Sciences, University of Zadar; Zadar, Croatia;

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

Program chairs:

For part I: MARIE L. RADFORD, Ph.D., School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University; New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

For part II: CHRISTINE L. BORGMAN, Ph.D., Department of Information Studies, Universityof California, Los Angeles, California,


Zadar is one of the enchanting cities on the Adriatic coast, rich in history. It still preserves a very old network of narrow and charming city streets, as well as a Roman forum dating back to the first century AD. In addition, the Zadar region is one of unparalleled natural beauty that includes two national parks. On the Adriatic Sea is the Kornati National Park, an unusual and colorful group of approximately 100 small islands. The National Park Paklenica is also close by, for those who enjoy exploring a more mountainous terrain. It is a picturesque and wild area with numerous canyons that is popular for strolling, mountaineering and rock climbing. Croatia is a great tourist destination of unspoiled beauty.

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