Calling for papers to present at LAS Conference 2019

The long awaited LAS conference is coming soon! So mark your dates early!

Theme: Remaking Libraries: Innovate.Connect.Transform

19 Sept 2019

Lifelong Learning Institute 

The Library Association of Singapore (LAS) invites submissions for abstracts in two categories – paper presentations and posters. 

A paper presentation is a lecture-style presentation and should last 15 minutes (excluding Q&A). The presentation should be supplemented with visual, audio and/or other illustrations. 

A poster is a graphic and visual presentation of a research or area of interest. Presenters are given the opportunity to present and discuss their work with conference participants in an informal setting.

Key dates: 

7 Jun – Submission of Abstracts
8 July – Notification of successful candidates
9 September – Selected presenters to submit slides & presentation slides 

Submission Guidelines
Proposals should include:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Abstract of proposed presentation (no more than 300 words)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s), and their designations
  • Employer / affiliated institution
  • Contact information (email address, telephone number)
  • Short biographical statement of presenter(s) (no more than 100 words)
  • Indicate preference for paper presentation or poster session
  • All abstracts should relate to this year’s theme Re-Making Libraries and its sub-themes: Innovate, Connect, and Transform.

Please note:

  • The expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the presenter(s) of accepted presentations. Conference fees will be waived for one presenter of the accepted presentation.
  • All presentations that are presented at the LAS 2019 Conference will be made available online via the LAS website under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Please email your proposal and enquiries to We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Suggested Topics

Use of Technology in Libraries

  • Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Biometric Recognition 

Information Technology

  • Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), Digital Humanities
  • Information Access and Organisation, Open Access
  • Institutional Data Repositories
  • Information or Resource Discovery

 Information Literacy & Research Support

  • Research Data Management
  • Information Literacy strategies & frameworks
  • Scholarly Communications

 Evidence Based Practice & Library Assessment Approaches

  • Design Thinking / User Experience
  • Assessment metrics, data analytics
  • Qualitative and quantitative assessments

 Archives & Preservation

  • Records Management and Archives
  • Digitisation and Digital Preservation

 Outreach and Engagement

  • Use of Social Media
  • Marketing strategies and approaches

Professional Development

  • Training and development for library employees
  • Job redesign and upskilling
  • Navigating the library profession

Truth & Lies: Trust in Times of Information Disorder

Following the successful 2017 Forum #Call to Action: Fake News, Misinformation and Post Truth, we cordially invite you to hear speakers such as Dr Gulizar Haciyakupoglu, Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU);  Edwin Tong, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law & Ministry of Health ; Michael Genkin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, SMU; Lim Sun Sun, Professor and Head of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, SUTD; Zakir Hussain, News Editor, The Straits Times; Zhu Feida, Associate Professor of Information Systems, School of Information Systems, SMU, together with social media representatives from Google and Twitter.

The panels will be moderated by Eugene Tan, Associate Professor, School of Law, SMU and Gulcin Cribb, University Librarian, SMU Libraries.

The event is Free, but Registration is required. More details below:

Truth & Lies:

Trust in Times of Information Disorder

Date: Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Venue: SMU Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, Level 2, School of Accountancy

Synopsis   2016, that eventful year in the almanac when we remember Trump being elected as the US President and the buzz about fake news! Fast forward today, a lot has happened around fake news, online falsehoods, and misinformation on social media and our daily lives.   Has social media polarised us? Is truth the new currency? Who is responsible? Where do they stand? And what are they doing about it?
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2:00 – 2:05 | Welcome
2:05 – 2:25 | Keynote
2016-2019: What happened? The state of affairs report Keynote speaker: Dr Gulizar Haciyakupoglu, Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
2:30 – 3:45 | Panel 1: Society & Truth
Panellists in this segment include academics, think tank and government representatives who will discuss the citizenry and their notions of truth and online falsehood. The need for legislation will also be debated and discussed.
3:45 – 4:00 | Break
4:00 – 5:15 | Panel 2: Business & Trust
Panellists in this segment will include representatives from business (social media and publishing) who will discuss their roles and efforts in advocacy and education in building or establishing trust.
5:15 – 5:30 | Closing Remarks Prof. Goh Yihan, Dean, School of Law

Registration Link

Library Carpentry two-day workshop

On 11-12 June 2019, LAS and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Library are jointly hosting a Library Carpentry 2-day workshop.

The Carpentries are a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives. They teach skills that are immediately useful for researchers, using lessons and datasets that allow researchers to apply what they’ve learned to their work quickly. 

This is the first time a Library Carpentry workshop is held in Singapore. We are excited about using the Library Carpentry curriculum to help us become more efficient in our work. The curriculum will include:

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience, and the instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. 

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  • define terms, phrases, and concepts in software development and data science
  • identify and use best practices in data structures
  • understand what the OpenRefine software does and how to use the OpenRefine software to work with data files
  • work with library data in spreadsheets and get more done in less time, and with less pain

For more information, visit the workshop webpage

Registration link:

Space is limited, and it will likely fill quickly. 

There will be a fee of $280 for LAS members, and $400 for non-members. Your registration costs go towards your instructors’ travel costs. No refund will be entertained.

Lunch will not be provided; there will be a recommended list of dining options near the workshop venue at your own expense. Morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks will be provided. 

We hope to see you at the workshop! Questions? Drop us an email at

LAS Council Nomination is here! Step up and join the Council

Time flies very fast, and soon we are approaching our next annual general meeting. This year will be an election year. 

Please click here to download NOMINATION form for Council 2019-2021.

All nomination forms must be returned by 27 March 2019.  

As stated in our Constitution “Nomination forms shall be sent out to the professional members and local libraries, which are institutional members seven weeks before the date of the Annual General Meeting. Nominations, duly proposed and seconded by fully paid-up professional and institutional members, shall be in the hands of the Hon Secretary not later than five weeks before the date of the Annual General Meeting. All nomination envelopes shall be opened by the Hon Secretary at the Council Meeting following the closing date of the nomination.”    Our AGM will be held on 4 May 2019.

Call for papers – 2019 WLIC in Athens

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) invites papers for the Theme:  Navigating Your Own Professional Development:  Effective Use of the 2016 IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development

The Call for papers is available in the following link URL:

Proposals for short, insightful presentations (10 minutes) are invited from library and information professionals across the world whose professional development has been guided by or aligns with the 2016 IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices.  Preference will be given to individuals whose submissions document how their personal learning has advanced their careers, improved the quality of service delivered to their users and contributed to the achievement of IFLA’s vision. 

Please email your proposals by March 15, 2019 to and

Proposals should include:

  1. Title of proposed presentation
  2. An abstract (500 words maximum)
  3. Name(s) of presenter(s)
  4. Position(s) of presenter(s)
  5. Employer or affiliated institution of presenter(s)
  6. Email address
  7. Telephone numbers
  8. Short biographical statement(s) regarding the presenter(s)

Important Dates

15 March 2019:  deadline submission of abstract

30 March 2019:  successful candidates will be notified

15 June 2019:  Deadline submission of full text