Event report – Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conferences

qqml2The Library team attended the 8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference, which took place in London (Senate House, University of London). Our trip to London also meant that we had the opportunity to visit the Senate House Library. We visited several bookshops and exhibitions, and attended a discussion-debate on the EU referendum. We also took an inspiring tour of the Oxford Libraries. But we will let our readers know more about this in future posts.

This was the eighth annual Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference, organised by the ISAST (International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology). The focus of this year’s conference was on ‘Exploring the Trends and Challenges on Building the Future Libraries’.

The target audience are librarians and library professionals, as well as professors, researchers, students, stakeholders, archivists, decision makers and managers.

The conference represents an opportunity to bring together different disciplines within library and information science. It is a multi-disciplinary event covering library and information science topics and how they are related to other disciplines (e.g. innovation and economics, management and marketing, statistics and data analysis, information technology, human resources, special librarianship…).

The participants came from all over the world and presented papers on all kinds of libraries, giving the participants a holistic view of the subject. The programme of this session included:

  • seven plenary sessions;
  • four workshop sessions;
  • four special and contributed sessions;
  • five posters.

The subjects discussed included: ‘Information sharing and the social impact’, ‘Linking research and practice: the synergies and their relevance to practice, policy and academia’, ‘The attitude of the users’, ‘Management of information services’, ‘Tracing the future of the libraries’, ‘Knowledge organisation and special collections’, ‘Reimagining the academic library’, ‘Special libraries and information services’, ‘Web services and technologies’, ‘Metrics research’, ‘Assessing reading practices’, ‘Collaboration and cooperation’, ‘Human resources’, ‘Information literacy’, ‘Mobile services and technologies’, etc.

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The paper contributors have the opportunity to publish in the e-QQML Journal, which is an international, on-line, open accessed journal; it publishes per-reviewed scientific papers on diverse topics in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) research. The objective of the journal is to publish contemporary and quality research, including theoretical research papers and applications.

The e-QQLM Journal welcomes articles, reports, case studies, abridged dissertations and theses, reviews of recent publications relevant to the scope and topics of the journal, announcements of international associations, as well as international news about LIS activities.qqml3

During the conference, two future initiatives were announced: a newsletter and a handbook of the qualitative and quantitative methods in libraries.

We are already looking forward to next year’s conference which will take place in Limerick, Ireland. It will focus on data and information ethics.

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