Zadar, Croatia, 16-20 June 2014
University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia

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Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) is a biennial international conference
that focuses on the transformation of libraries and information services
in the digital environment. In recognition of evolving online and social
technological influences that present both challenges and opportunities,
“ASSESSMENT” is the theme for LIDA 2014. The conference theme is divided
into two parts. The first part addresses advances in qualitative
assessment methods and practices and the second part covers assessment
methods involving alternative metrics based on social media and a wider
array of communicative activities, commonly referred to as “altmetrics.”
LIDA 2014 brings together researchers, educators, and practitioners 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 the Adriatic Sea.


Part I: Qualitative methods in assessing libraries, users, & use:
applications, results.

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

. New methodological developments and practical applications in
qualitative assessments of libraries and information systems;
. Application of qualitative methods to the study of library users and use;
. Studies using a variety of qualitative methods, such as observations,
surveys, interviews, focus groups, case studies, cultural studies, oral
history, grounded theory, document studies, Delphi studies and others;  .
Qualitative study of a variety of library user groups or potential users:
by generation, by role or occupation, by level of education and
technological literacy, and others
. Assessment of library services in a variety of e-services, such as
information literacy programs, e-learning, distance education,
e-scholarship and others;
. Practical transformations in library services as a result of assessment;
. Emergence of new library visions and missions related to users and their
reflection in new services as a result of assessment;
. Discussion about general issues resulting from assessments: How are we
to understand new or transformed library services in their own right? In
relation to traditional library services and values?

Part II: Altmetrics – new methods in assessing scholarly communication and
libraries: issues, applications, results.

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

. Methodological developments and practical applications in altmetric
assessments of scholarly communication, including caveats;
. Related criteria for altmetrics, such as [articles, concepts, ideas]
viewed, downloaded, reused, adapted, shared, bookmarked, commented upon;
. Results from altmetric studies related to scholarly communication and
. Methodological  and practical applications in the use of altmetrics in
libraries and information systems;
. Effects of social media on libraries and information systems of all kinds;
. Criteria and metrics for assessing library employment of social media;
. Results from studies of use of social media in libraries, particularly
involving any kind of assessment;
. Changes in libraries’ use of social media;
. Discussion about general issues: How can and should libraries use social
media? How are libraries and information systems to respond to the ever
growing importance of social media in society? What are opportunities and

Types of contributions

Invited are the following types of contributions:

1. Papers: scholarly studies and reports on research and practice that
will be presented at the conference and included in the published
proceedings. The proceedings will be published in print and on the LIDA
web site.

2. Posters: short graphic presentations on research studies, advances,
examples, or preliminary work that will be presented in a special poster
session. Awards will be given for Best Poster and Best Student Poster.

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 Ph.D. students, particularly as
related to their dissertation, in a session organized by the European
Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
(EC/ASIST); responses will be provided by a panel of educators at this

Submissions: Instructions for all submissions and author guidelines are
provided at LIDA 2014 site All submissions will
be refereed.

Important dates:
Papers and posters: an extended abstract by 15 January 2014.
Acceptance decision: announced by 10 February 2014.
Full papers and poster summaries for Proceedings: by 15 April 2014.
Workshops: a short proposal by 31 January 2014.
Demonstrations: a proposal by 1 March 2014.
PhD Forum: dissertation proposal or research description by 1 March 2014.

Conference contact information

Conference co-directors:
TATJANA APARAC-JELUSIC, Ph.D., Department of Information Science,
University of Zadar; Zadar, Croatia;  (also for general
TEFKO SARACEVIC, Ph.D., School of Communication and Information, Rutgers
University; New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Program chairs:
For part I: DAVID BAWDEN, Ph.D., Centre for Information Science, City
University London, London, UK.

For part II: BLAISE CRONIN, Ph.D., D.S.Sc., School of Informatics &
Computing, Indiana University, Indiana, USA.

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 some 100 small islands. The
National Park Paklenica is also close by, for those who enjoy exploring a
more mountainous terrain. Croatia is a great tourist destination of
unspoiled beauty.

Marija Dalbello, Ph.D.
   Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Library & Info Science
   Director, Ph.D. Program
School of Communication and Information
4 Huntington Street
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1071
Voice: 848.932.8785
FAX:  732.932.6916

*Winner of 2012 Emerald Literati Award

*Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings

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