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International conference on emerging technologies in academic libraries 2012


                1-3 October 2012, Trondheim, Norway



                              Call for papers




It’s time to remind you that the deadline for submitting abstracts is on Sunday 15 April.


Emerging technologies and evolving user behaviour keep changing the rules of the game for academic libraries. Emerging technologies include new ways of using existing technologies and totally new, disruptive technologies. Examples include:


- Semantic web / linked open data

- Social media

- Augmented reality

- Mobile technologies

- Visualisation

- etc


emtacl12  is an international conference for academic librarians, information professionals, academic staff, students, library system developers and suppliers, among others. The aim is to provide answers to the following questions: What can academic libraries do to address change? How can we adapt? Which technologies can/should/must we use/create? The conference is hosted by NTNU University Library, the Library of the Norwegian university of science and technology in Trondheim, Norway.


The programme committee invites original presentations and posters taking one or more of the following perspectives as a point of departure:


- Linked open data and other semantic web applications in the library

- New literacies

- Supporting research

- Organizational change within the library

- Analysis of user behaviour and use of statistics

- New services/old services in new clothes

- Other relevant perspectives on emerging technologies


We invite submission of abstracts or posters presenting:


- Theoretical solutions, but with a clear illustration on how these solutions can be applied in libraries

- Opinions on some aspect of practice, or descriptions of work that is still in progress, but sufficiently mature to warrant attention

- Experiences and case studies specifying requirements, challenges, or opportunities of applying emerging technologies in libraries

- Comparisons with alternative or competing approaches using conventional technologies

- Best practices for implementing emerging technologies in libraries

- Assessments of cost and benefits from the application of emerging technologies, e.g. time and cost of implementation and deployment, integration with legacy IT systems, user acceptance, returns on investment


We will also open for live demos of emerging technologies, and invite submission of abstracts or videos describing such demos.


Abstract submission instructions:


Please use the submission form at to submit an abstract describing your contribution, including:


- personal details

- additional presenter details

- presentation title and abstract.


Abstract length should not exceed 2500 characters. Please note that the language of the conference will be English, and therefore the committee will only accept submissions in this language.


All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.


Contributions will be made public through the NTNU e-publishing service, and accepted authors will be invited to supply full papers for this purpose. Papers are primarily requested in pdf format, conforming to further formatting details at the submission website. We do however welcome suggestions for alternative formats in cases where pdf is unsuitable, e.g. for non-textual contributions.


Important dates:


Abstract submission: 15 April 2012

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 25 May 2012

Authors should confirm their participation: 8 June 2012

Conference dates: 1-3 October 2012


For additional information, please visit the conference website: or email us at [log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]



Kind regards,

Almuth Gastinger






PhD (Informatics)

Senior Research Librarian

NTNU University Library

7491 Trondheim


Phone: +47 73 59 07 28

Email: [log in to unmask]