Library (r)evolution: Promoting sustainable information practices

Over the last few decades there has been a growing awareness of environmental issues.
Ensuring long-term sustainability is increasingly urgent for 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 and 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.

This conference aims to place focus on the identification and discussion of such challenges and possibilities by inviting contributions that explore the relationships between concepts and practices in the library and information science field and the sustainable development area.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

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 dosen’t fall into one of the sub-themes