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The Lebanese Library Association (LLA) 4th Conference
In collaboration with Asia and Oceania Regional Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Innovative libraries: Paths to the Future

May 9-11, 2018

Le Commodore Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon

Conference Theme
In a time of change and innovation, what is the futuristic look of libraries?
Every day we are forced to make decisions based on present situations.  Edward Cornish, one of the founders of the World Future Society, notes that futurists recognize “the future world develops out of the present world. Thus, we can learn a great deal about what may happen in the future by looking systematically at what is actually happening now” .
There is no doubt that technology has a lasting impact not only on our current world, but also on our future. Innovation, which is defined as the “process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay”, has been greatly driven by advances in technology.

This conference will identify and address how technology is transforming innovation in libraries. With re-imagination and clear vision, libraries are infusing new technologies while creating dynamic meeting places, digital repositories, 24/7 digital services, and remote access to physical and cloud-based collections, regardless of boundaries. Cutting edge modern architecture and design are prevalent in many libraries in the world. These libraries have become hub for information access, research and collaboration, and information sharing around the globe, even amidst tight financial resources. These libraries have adapted well in changing with the needs of their communities.

Conference Topics

1.    Data and computational science and intersection with librarianship
2.    Bibliometrics in decision making
3.    Technology led innovations in library and information services
4.    Libraries in support of education
5.    Libraries, society, and government
6.    Literacy and digital literacy
7.    Engaged communities, school, public, academic, specialized, academic, and national libraries
8.    Libraries and the preservation of cultural memory
9.    Libraries and the future in times of change
10.  Libraries and sustainable development practices

Deadline: Extended Abstracts MUST BE RECEIVED no later than December 20, 2017;
Abstracts will be accepted based on reviews by members of the Scientific Committee;
Abstracts can be submitted in Arabic, the official language of the Conference, as well as in English;
Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, including spaces and all text. Abstracts should not include graphs, tables, or charts;
Abstracts must include:
1        Purpose of the paper
2        Value, importance, or significance
3        Design/methodology/approach
4        Findings/conclusions
5        Research limitations (if applicable)
6        Implications (practical, methodological, and/or theoretical)

Submission guidelines

1.    Abstracts must be submitted in electronic format (MS-Word format);
2.    Font for Arabic Abstracts: Traditional Arabic, size 14; Font for English Abstracts: Times New Roman, size 12
3.    Spacing: 1.5
4.    Referencing style: American Psychological Association (APA)
Abstracts should be emailed to Dr. Ghassan Mourad (ghassan.mourad@ul.edu.lb) and Dr. Fawz Abdallah (fabdallas@gmail.com)
Approval of an Abstract does not automatically mean that the paper will be accepted;
Authors of accepted Abstracts will be provided with Guidelines of Paper Submission;
Accepted papers will be published in the LLA Conference proceedings.

Please note
All expenses, including registration to the conference, travel, visas, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors. No financial support can be provided by LLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued.

Scientific Committee

Professor Ghassan Mourad (Chair) - Computational Linguistics - Faculty of Information – Lebanese University

Professor Imad Bachir- Information Management – Faculty of Information – Lebanese University

Dr. Rami Najim – Director, Faculty of Information – Lebanese University

Dr. Hussien Nassar – Information Management and Statistics – Faculty of Information – Lebanese University

Dr. Jawad Makki – Information Management and Computer Science – Faculty of Information – Lebanese University

Dr. Mariette Atallah - Head of Collection Development – American University of Beirut

Ms. Leslie Alter Hage - University Librarian – Notre Dame University

For Information and Submission, Contact:

To submit an abstract or for any further enquiries, please contact:

·          Dr. Ghassan Mourad, Scientific Committee Chairperson, Email: ghassan.mourad@ul.edu.lb, ghasmrad@hotmail.com

·          Dr. Fawz Abdallah, LLA President, Email: fabdallas@gmail.com

Important dates

·         Abstract submission deadline: December 20, 2017  January 12, 2018.

·         Notification of Abstract Acceptance: January 15, 2018  February 9, 2018.

·         Paper Submission Deadline: March 20, 2018

·         Notification of Paper Acceptance: April 10, 2018

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