Monday, September 14, 2015

LibrAsia2016 - The Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) invites you to participate in the Sixth Asian Conference on Literature & Librarianship 2016 and enjoy the beautiful seaside city of Kobe, Japan.

Held alongside the Seventh Asian Conference on Arts Humanities, at the Art Center of Kobe from April 7-10, join us as we discuss this year's conference theme, "Justice" along with conference chairs Andrew Stark, Patrick Lo & Dickson Chiu, invited speakers and more.

To submit an abstract for presentation or participate as an audience member, please visit the website or contact us for more information.

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***Conference Theme: "Justice"

The conference theme for LibrAsia2016 is "Justice", and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

Submissions are organized in to the following thematic streams:

-Librarianship - Principles, theories, models, standards challenges, legal, and social issues of LIS
-Librarianship - Protecting and preserving librarianship: 21st Century problems and solutions
-Librarianship - Management, leadership, planning, operation, and monitoring
-Librarianship - Cataloging, classification, and collection management
-Librarianship - Library research and development
-Librarianship - Library, information literacy, education, and culture
-Librarianship - Library instruction and reader advisory
-Librarianship - Library, content and knowledge management
-Librarianship - Information architectures, resources, services and promotion
-Librarianship - Information retrieval, recommendation and personalization
-Librarianship - Archives, museums, record management and information preservation
-Librarianship - Publishing, electronic publishing and bibliometrics
-Librarianship - Digital media, social media and libraries
-Librarianship - E-learning, M-learning, learning objects, content, platforms and tools
-Librarianship - Taxonomies, ontologies and applications
-Librarianship - Digital humanities, literature and culture
-Librarianship - Virtual environments and game-based learning
-Librarianship - Emerging technologies for information organizations, such as but not limited to Web, mobile, Cloud, machine intelligence and big data
-Librarianship - Censorship, ownership and intellectual property
-Librarianship - Trust, reputation, ethics, security, and privacy issues
-Literature - African Literature
-Literature - Ancient & Classical Literature
-Literature - Anglo-American Literature
-Literature - Arabic/Middle Eastern Literature
-Literature - Asian Literature
-Literature - Children's and Young Adult Literature
-Literature - Comparative Literature
-Literature - European Literature
-Literature - Folktales, Myths and Legends
-Literature - Historical and Political Literature
-Literature - Indigenous People's/Ethnic Literatures & Minority Discourses
-Literature - Latin American Literature
-Literature - Literary Criticism and Theory
-Literature - Literary Practice
-Literature - Literary Translation and Translatology
-Literature - Literature and Film
-Literature - Literature, Language and Identity
-Literature - Literature and Religion
-Literature - Poetry
-Literature - Manuscriptology, Textual and Genetic Criticism
-Literature - Memoir and Autobiography
-Literature - Teaching Literature
-Literature - Travel Writing
-Literature - Theatre and Drama

Visit the conference website for further details:

***About IAFOR and its events

IAFOR welcomes thousands of academics to our conferences each year, which range in size from around 100 to in excess of 500 attendees. They do so because of the supportive and nurturing research environment, because of the unique networking opportunities, and because of the strength of the organization's platform.

Our conferences are meticulously planned and programmed under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programs of the highest level, and are also quite unique in the way in which they are supported by some of the world's leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), Monash University (Australia), Barcelona University (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), the National Institute of Education (Singapore), and The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKSAR).

IAFOR's credibility has enabled it to become a genuine pioneer, and has grown to be the most respected and trusted organization encouraging international, intercultural and interdisciplinary study. The organization is a formative influence in providing new research avenues and visionary development solutions necessary in our rapidly emerging globalized world.

We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events, as we look forward to breaking new ground, together.

To learn more about IAFOR -

***LibrAsia2016 Conference Chairs and Featured Speakers

Andrew J Stark
LibrAsia 2016 Conference Co-Chair (Librarianship)
The Southport School, Australia

Andrew J Stark is an Associate Dean and Head of Libraries and Information Services at The Southport School, an independent Anglican School for boys, on Queensland's Gold Coast. For the last nine years, Mr Stark has been directly involved with developing and promoting Library Services within Independent schools and has completed extensive research into the value of creating positive learning and teaching spaces for students and teaching staff. In 2014, he completed an Action Research Project for the International Boys' Schools Coalition which considered the influence affinity space has on critical thinking and engagement. This has led him to explore the relevance of learning space in pedagogy.

Mr Stark argues that the modern librarian requires skills far beyond that of 'literary expert' and 'research assistant'. The contemporary library context now requires public relations experts who can manipulate the plethora of available ICTs and text-types thus enabling students to make sense of what is on offer in the 21st Century library and classroom.

In 2014, Mr Stark became the founding Chair and Director of the International Library Symposium, a biennial event that brings together librarians, authors and teachers to discuss and reflect upon issues relating to the promotion of literature and information literacy skills in schools and the broader community. In 2015, he was invited to join the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee as a consultant and external reviewer.

Dr Patrick Lo
LibrAsia 2016 Conference Co-Chair (Librarianship)
University of Tsukuba, Japan

Dr. Patrick Lo is currently serving as Associate Professor (???) at the Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, University of Tsukuba in Japan (since 2012). Dr. Patrick Lo earned his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from University of Bristol (U.K.) in 2009. He has a Master of Arts in Design Management (M.A.) from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2004), a Master of Library & Information Science (M.L.I.S.) from McGill University (Canada; 1994), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from Mount Allison University, (Canada; 1992).

Dr. Patrick Lo has presented about 80 research papers and project reports focusing on librarianship, humanities, and education at different local and international workgroup meetings, seminars, conferences, etc., including: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Turkey, United States, and Sweden, and at institutions including the Library of Congress (U.S.), Austrian National Library (Vienna), University of Vienna, National Library of France (Paris), National Institute of Informatics (Japan), Konrad-Zuse-Center for Information Technology (Berlin), etc.

His latest publications and research include: A Conversation with Robert Sutherland, the Chief Librarian at the Metropolitan Opera Library (2013) ; A Conversation with Matthew Naughtin, Music Librarian at the San Francisco Ballet (2014) ; Saving the Historical Recordings from the SODRE Music Archive: a Rescue Mission Carried out by the Chopin Society of Hong Kong (2014) ; Conversations with Managers of Special Libraries and Archives in Hong Kong (2014) ; Keeping Score: Interviews with Leading Orchestral and Opera Librarians [in progress].

Dr Dickson Chiu
LibrAsia2016 Conference Co-Chair (Librarianship)
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dickson K.W. Chiu received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Computer Studies from the University of Hong Kong in 1987. He received the M.Sc. (1994) and the Ph.D. (2000) degrees in Computer Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He started his own computer company while studying part-time. He is now teaching at the University of Hong Kong and has also taught at several universities in Hong Kong. His research interest is in library and information management with a cross-disciplinary approach, involving workflows, software engineering, information technologies, management, security, and databases. The results have been widely published in over 150 papers in international journals and conference proceedings (most of them have been indexed by SCI, SCI-E, EI, and SSCI), including many practical master and undergraduate project results. He received a best paper award in the 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences in 2004. He is the founding Editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering and the EAI Endorsed Transaction on e-Business. He also serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He co-founded several international workshops and co-edited several journal special issues. He also served as a program committee member for over 100 international conferences and workshops. He is a Senior Member of both the ACM and the IEEE, and a life member of the Hong Kong Computer Society.

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