call for papers

Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 November 2014

emtacl15 emerging technologies in academic libraries
International conference
20-22 April 2015, Trondheim, Norway

Call for papers
Emerging technologies and evolving user behaviour keeps changing the rules of the game for academic libraries. Emerging technologies include new ways of using existing technologies and totally new, disruptive technologies.

emtacl15 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 technologiescan/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:

Managing technological innovation

Digital humanities, big data, and text mining

Digital open scholarship and new publication technologies

Learning technologies and MOOCs

Semantic web and linked data

User experience (UX), design, and content strategy

Themes from the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition

We invite submission of abstracts or posters presenting:

  • Theoretical solutions, but with a clear illustration on how these solutions can be applied in
  • 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.

The following people have agreed to keynote:

Opening Keynote

Peter Moreville has confirmed his role as opening keynote. (Information architecture)


The following six chosen people have agreed to give a keynote speech+ waiting for a number seven.

1. Jurgen Appelo (Innovation and Agile Management/Better managem.with fewer managers)

2. David Nicholas (Digital open scholarship and MOOCs/Learning and virtual spaces)

3. Abby Covert (Inform.architecture/Establishing usercentric practices in creative envir.)

4. Alf Inge Wang (Gamebased learning/GameTechn./NTNUs research program on games)

5. Andrew Prescott (Digital humanities and libraries)

6. Johanna Frelin (Leadership in Change/Organizational Developm./Future and ITtrends)

7. One person on the topic of semantic web? Still waiting to get confirmed.

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 that 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 epublishing 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 incases where pdf is unsuitable, e.g. for nontextual contributions.

Important dates:
Abstract submission: 1 November 2014

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 December 2014

Authors should confirm their participation by 9 January 2015

Conference dates: 20-22 April 2015

For additional information, please visit the conference website: or email us

Joost Hegle (programme committee chair)



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