Welcome

The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites you to attend the 41st IATUL Annual Conference at Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal from 13 to 15 July 2021 (online format). This is an excellent opportunity to hear about the latest academic library initiatives and network with colleagues and friends from all over the world.

Our Themes

The emergence of movements such as Open Science, Open Innovation, and Citizen Science highlights how society benefits when higher education institutions expand access to research and teaching. Ongoing engagement and collaboration between universities and communities are essential components of these open initiatives. The recent developments in research to fight COVID-19 emphasize the advantages of open collaboration. Academic libraries worldwide are playing vital roles in facilitating these initiatives by developing new and innovative services and infrastructure.
The overall themes for the conference and the call for papers are:

  • Expanding information and digital literacies
  • Library spaces and services advancing innovation and engagement
  • Partnerships with communities, local and global
  • Library strategies and actions supporting open science and collaboration
  • Open Science: communicating and measuring impact beyond the university
  • Workforce development in open science practices (repositories, presses, RDM and more)
  • Innovative library responses to pandemic situation

Free Registration

opens 1 April 2021

Registration Closes

31 May 2021

IATUL 2021 

13-15 July 2021

IATUL General Assembly

13 July 2021

Registration

IATUL2021 is a free access event, but requiring registration (with a limit of participants). Sessions will be publicly streamed through IATUL’ s YouTube Channel (), allowing everyone to follow.

Notes: Considering the limit of participants, the Conference Organizing Committee thanks the cancelation of any registration of a delegate who won’ t be able to participate.

Submissions

Bridging Universities and Society: Libraries as Connectors

The emergence of movements such as Open Science, Open Innovation, and Citizen Science highlights how society benefits when higher education institutions expand access to research and teaching. Ongoing engagement and collaboration between universities and communities are essential components of these open initiatives. The recent developments in research to fight COVID-19 emphasize the advantages of open collaboration. Academic libraries worldwide are playing vital roles in facilitating these initiatives by developing new and innovative services and infrastructure.

Accepted proposals and keynotes consider:

  • Expanding information and digital literacies
  • Library spaces and services advancing innovation and engagement
  • Partnerships with communities, local and global
  • Library strategies and actions supporting open science and collaboration
  • Open Science: communicating and measuring impact beyond the university
  • Workforce development in open science practices (repositories, presses, RDM and more)
  • Innovative library responses to pandemic situation

Communication Proposals

31 March 2021

Conference Program

published 30 April 2021

Final Abstract Submission

30 April 2021

Presentation & Paper

30 June 2021

Instructions for abstracts, papers and posters

  • Please keep the length of your abstract to 2000 characters including spaces and your biographical note to 500 characters including spaces
  • All papers submitted must be original, and not have been published or presented before
  • Abstract, papers and presentation will be published online
  • Authors of accepted papers/poster must attend the conference for the paper/poster to be presented
  • Authors will be given 20 minutes to present their paper with 5 additional minutes for discussion with the audience
  • Should your presentation have special technical requirements, please inform us on time
  • Authors are encouraged to consider how they can make their presentations engaging to the audience (especially considering the online format), and whether the topic would lend itself to an interactive format
  • All conference sessions will be live streamed and recorded, then made publicly available
  • Posters will be displayed in a designated space at the virtual conference venue, and can be submitted with a presentation video

Download: Paper Guidelines | Author Agreement

Best Poster Award

The posters will be evaluated by a committee of IATUL Board members for content, innovation, and presentation of the poster. The Irmgard Lankenau Poster Prize will be announced at the conference Closing Session.

Program

Organization

Organizing Committee

Charles Eckman

University of Miami

Donna Bourne-Tyson

Dalhousie University

Luis Miguel Costa

Universidade do Porto

Local Organizing Committee

Porto

Porto is the second city in Portugal, and one of the major urban areas in the Iberian Peninsula. The Historic Centre of Porto, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, is one of the most attractive venues for visitors, providing a rich variety of monuments and ordinary dwelling, from different periods stretching back as far as the 12th century.
The city of Porto and its river Douro cannot be dissociated. The Douro valley, with its lovely terraces of vineyards clinging to the hillsides, offers visitors attonishing views. Porto is the centre of a culturally and naturally rich region that gathers together history, arts and nature (sea and mountains). It is a perfect starting point for tourist excursions.

University of Porto, FEUP

The University of Porto largest education and research institution in Portugal: 32000 students, 1900 teaching and research staff, 53 undergraduated programmes, 236 postgraduated programes, 60 research units, 15 schools.
FEUP has up to 7174 students and 552 teachers distributed by 9 different departments that range from Industrial Engineering and Management, to Informatics and Mechanics, among others. FEUP has kept a steady pace towards excellence and innovation, namely: 19 spin-offs, 76 active or pending patent and brands, 24 R&D units, which involve 80% of the faculty. FEUP has been a partner of several education institutions for research projects and innovative postgraduate courses, such as University of Texas, MIT, and CMU.

Places to visit in Porto

UNESCO recognized Porto historic center as a World Heritage Site.

Among the architectural highlights of the city, the Porto Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together with the small romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the gothic Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), the remnants of the city walls and a few 15th-century houses.

The baroque style is well represented in the city in the elaborate gilt work interior decoration of the churches of St. Francis and St. Claire (Santa Clara), the churches of Mercy (Misericórdia) and of the Clerics (Igreja dos Clérigos), the Palace of the Archbishop, and others.

The neoclassicism and romanticism of the 19th and 20th centuries also added interesting monuments to the landscape of the city, like the magnificent Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa), the Hospital of Saint Anthony, the Municipality, the buildings in the Avenida dos Aliados, the tile-adorned São Bento Train Station and the gardens of the Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal).

Porto has several museums, concert halls, theaters, cinemas, art galleries, libraries and book shops. The best-known museums of Porto are the Soares dos Reis National Museum (Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis), which is dedicated especially to the Portuguese artistic movements from the 16th to the 20th century, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Serralves Foundation (Museu de Arte Contemporânea). The city has concert halls of a rare beauty and elegance such as the Coliseu do Porto by the Portuguese architect Cassiano Branco; an exquisite example of the Portuguese decorative arts, the Rivoli theatre, and the recent Casa da Música.

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