2021 Virtual Conference

Libraries as a Power of Change

Date: May 18-20, 2021

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Registration Free

Rapid advances in information and computing technologies are driving innovation in libraries in many ways. Transformative technology, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), has already become part of everyday lives. Voice-enabled digital assistants (e.g., Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Amazon Alexa Home), personalized and recommender systems (e.g., online book stores, Netflix, and web search engines), book delivery drones, chatbots, and robots are examples of AI-enabled services. These transformations are reshaping the way libraries provide value-added services, design facilities, and support users and the community.

Success in adopting new technologies, including AI, requires empowered leadership, inspiring communities, and user engagement.

The 2021 Conference will showcase innovative projects in AI in libraries, strategies for empowering communities and mitigating digital divides, and ways for empowering and maximizing user engagement in cultural contexts. The conference will provide a venue for scholars, educators, practitioners, and students to discuss innovative ideas, projects, research, pedagogy, and inquiry that will have impacts on formulating a collective vision and policy for adopting change at the local, regional, and national levels.

Sub Themes Include

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Implementation in Libraries

  • AI-based library services (e.g., voice-enabled digital assistants, robots in libraries, chatbots, and bookbots)
  • Ethical and access issues (e.g., algorithmic bias, data privacy, and discrimination)
  • AI and Machine Learning

Empowering Users

  • Apps for digital learning in libraries
  • User experience (UX) and satisfaction (e.g., research, assessment, design and implementation)
  • Rethinking information literacy (e.g., teaching and learning, tools and techniques, and ethical and legal issues)

Empowering Communities

  • Building divide (e.g., Social and political issues, marginalized communities, technology infrastructure)