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[InetBib] BOBCATSSS 2014, 3rd call for papers

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*January 29-31, 2014*

***Library (r)evolution: Promoting sustainable information practices*

**(3rd call for papers)

The 22nd BOBCATSSS Symposium, will take place in Barcelona, Spain, between 29^th -31^st January, 2014. BOBCATSSS, the annual conference, is known for being organized by students from European universities. The organizers for this symposium are the University of Barcelona and the University of Borås (Sweden).

Over the last few decades there has been a growing awareness of environmental issues. Ensuring long-term sustainability is an increasingly urgent issue in our societies and the need for sustainable development initiatives and knowledge is now greater than ever. The concept of sustainable development encompasses attention to environmental challenges as well as global social inequalities, while maintaining a sound global economy. This understanding also gives rise to numerous related challenges but also possibilities for current information practices.

The idea behind the theme:*Library (r)evolution: Promoting sustainable information practices*, is to place focus on the identification of sustainable information practices and to invite discussions that explore the relationships between concepts and practices in both the library and information science field and the sustainable development area.


*Subthemes of the conference include:*

*/1. /**Users, customers and prosumers*

The information needs and practices of users are continually changing. How can we understand these changes and promote them toward more sustainable information practices; in information creation, usage, sharing and preservation?

*/2. /**Skills and literacies*

Our professions are rapidly changing and new career opportunities are constantly arising resulting in demands for new skills and literacies. How can these changes be understood? How can we introduce and embrace sustainability in our daily professional practices?

*/3. /**Spaces, cultures and freedom of information*

Digital rights, free access to information, culture and knowledge as well as physical and network spaces are central in our efforts to support democratic practices and institutions. But how should these be understood and promoted from a sustainable orientated perspective?

*/4. /**Social media, cloud computing and mobile services*

Digital information technologies and services have great potentials for the greening of society. How can sustainability be embedded in the future of ICT, considering its current rapid development?

*/5. /**Towards a better future?*

How can we successfully bring together library principles and information practices with sustainable development concerns? What concepts, theories and models need to be developed within LIS to enable our research area to support sustainable information practices of the future?

*/6. /**Other*

We also welcome other contributions that do not fall into one of the sub-themes.

*Submission of Papers*

Aside from papers we also welcome workshops, posters and pecha-kucha from both students and professionals. To prepare your contributions and proposals please use the format guide below and send them by using the Conference Management Software (Conftool) https://www.conftool.pro/bobcatsss2014/.

*Requirements for Abstracts*

An extended abstract is required and must be submitted latest 23^rd of September. The extended abstract has to be in Word format (i.e. doc, docx) or OpenOffice format (i.e. odt). There should be an author description (first name, surname, department, degree, university, city, country, e-mail), a title, three to six keywords. It should only contain plain text (no figures and no tables), and the extended abstract should be between 500-700 words in Times New Roman, font size 10. Extended abstracts should also include a short summary (100-250 words) for conference abstract book. Also, please include your references and your citations using APA style. Please see detailed information on http://bobcatsss2014.hb.se/?page_id=24 (Fulltext Template).

The symposium aims for participant diversity by bringing together professionals, specialists and students from library and information science. We are also welcome other students, researchers and professions with an interest in sustainability and information practices.

*Important Dates*

*Deadline for extended abstracts: 23^rd September 2013*

Author’s notification: 4^th November 2013

Final paper submission: 8^th December 2013

Conference: 29^th – 31^st January 2014

*With kind regards, *

*BOBCATSSS 2014 Organising Committee*



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