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Subject: Call for papers: CoLIS 6, Featuring the Future
From: Katriina Byström <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 1 Dec 2006 08:40:06 +0100

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            ***Apologies for cross-postings***

                       CALL FOR PAPERS 

               6th International Conference on
    Conceptions of Library and Information Science:
                    "Featuring the Future"

 Swedish School of Library and Information Science
  University College of Boras & Goteborg University
                           Boras, Sweden
                       13-16 August 2007



Aim of CoLIS
CoLIS is a series of international conferences for which the general
aim is to provide a broad forum for the exploration and exchange of
ideas in the field of library and information science (LIS). To be
examined at CoLIS 6 are theoretical and empirical research trends in
LIS, together with socio-cultural and technical issues relating to our
understanding of the various roles, natures, uses and associated
relationships of information, information systems, information
processes, and information networks. 

As in previous conferences in the series, this one, too, promotes an
interdisciplinary approach to research. In connection to the main
conference, both educational and doctoral forums are provided.

Focus of the conference
Important areas to be addressed at this conference are the efforts that
are being made to increase the impact in, and of, LIS research in the
knowledge society. Thus, the focus of the conference will be on the
development of the LIS research field, as well as on the influence of
LIS research efforts in the society at large.

Conference contributions such as theoretical and methodological
discussions are welcomed, to aid in the efforts of forming a foundation
of LIS research approaches. Reports of successful examples are also
valued submissions, to help gain an understanding of the features that
can make LIS research prosper alongside contemporary research fields in
the knowledge society. 

CoLIS 6 encourages submissions that explore the conference topic from
different perspectives in LIS. The overall theme covers areas such as
theoretical growth; methodological practices; conceptual frameworks;
empirical settings; interdisciplinary relationships; impact on, and of,
professions; and other related topics. Submissions from other
disciplinary backgrounds (science, technology, humanities, and social
sciences) are also welcomed.

CoLIS 6 has four general themes:
* Reframing LIS from Different Perspectives
This sub-theme examines LIS research from a different or neighbouring
perspective. Papers submitted in this sub-theme should clearly outline
and describe the perspective being investigated, how it compares with
traditional or main-stay perspectives found in LIS research, and how it
can extend or influence this view. What does this new perspective add or
contribute to the LIS field? Where is this new perspective taking the
field in the future?

* LIS in Contemporary Society
This sub-theme examines the LIS field in today’s contemporary
society. How well does LIS practice and research correspond with changes
in today’s information society? Recent technical advances in computing
and communications are revolutionizing the way people need, seek, and
use information. Papers submitted to this sub-theme will explore and
discuss the degree to which the LIS field has responded to such changes
and advances. Is the traditional LIS field still relevant in today’s
contemporary society? How will contemporary society change or influence
LIS research and practice in the future?

* LIS versus New Research and Professional Fields 
This sub-theme explores the rise and development of new research and
professional fields that traditionally would not have been associated
with the LIS field. Are these new fields really that different? How
should the LIS field respond? Is
traditional LIS research and practice
informing these new fields? Is the LIS field recognized for its
contributions to these new fields? How should the LIS field react in the
future to the rise and development of these new fields?

* New Research Methods in LIS 
This sub-theme explores new research methods in the LIS field. What are
these new methods? Why are they needed? How do they differ from past
traditional research methods? What types of research methods are needed
in LIS in the future?

We invite authors to submit research papers, short papers, panels and

Important dates: 
Deadline for all submissions: March 1, 2007
Notification to authors: April 20, 2007
Final version of paper due: June 15, 2007

All accepted research papers will be published by the electronic
journal Information Research as a supplement to the October 2007 issue.
Information Research is a peer-reviewed, ISI-indexed journal.

Scientific Committee:
*Ragnar Audunsson, Norway 
*Christine Borgman, USA 
*Michael Buckland, USA 
*Katriina Byström, Sweden 
*Brian Detlor, Canada 
*Birger Hjørland, Denmark 
*Lars Höglund, Sweden 
*Nils Pharo, Norway 
*Diane Sonnenwald, Sweden 
*Sanna Talja, Finland 
*Peiling Wang, USA 

                     For more details, visit:

Best regards,
Katriina Byström
Conference Chair 

Katriina Byström, Fil.Dr / Ph.D
Universitetslektor/Associate Professor

+46 - (0)33 - 435 43 77  / +46 - (0)702 - 771 661

Högskolan i Borås                                                  
Biblioteks- och Informationsvetenskap/
501 90 Borås                        

Swedish School of Library and Information Science
at Göteborg University and Högskolan i Borås
SE-501 90  Borås

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