Wednesday, January 11, 2023
IATUL Annual Conferences and Seminars

Call for hosting IATUL Events

The IATUL Board invites member institutions to submit expressions of interest to host the IATUL Seminars in 2023 and 2024. The seminar should be devoted to a theme of importance to the members and host by an IATUL member institution.

Recent themes have included: breaking new ground – scholarly communication in libraries (Zurich, 2022); connecting in a disconnected world (Gdańsk, 2021); sustainable crisis management in libraries (Innsbruck, 2020); open science and data management (Gdańsk, 2019); and workplace information literacy (Munich, 2018). The seminar can be conducted as an online or in-person event. Requirements are the same as those for hosting an annual conference. Please note that financial support from IATUL for the seminar is possible this year. Board members are available to consult on any potential proposal.

The IATUL office is happy to answer your questions and to send the application form to interested libraries.

Annual Conferences

In the spring or early summer, the International...

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Monday, January 9, 2023
A fruitful discussion and exchange on past, present, and future trends and challenges for university libraries
Fall seminar 2022

From 13 to 14 December 2022, more than 100 attendees from South Africa to Sweden and from Gdańsk to Montreal came together for the two-day fall seminar of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL).

Dr Rafael Ball, Director of the ETH Library Zurich, and Dr Anna Wałek, President of IATUL, welcomed all participants to wintery Zurich in the ETH Zurich Audimax, the main lecture hall of ETH Zurich’s historic main building.

During the two-day event, library leaders, information specialists, publisher representatives and many other professionals devoted their time to topics such as the transformation of scientific publishing, scholarly communication, confidence in research, bibliometrics, research evaluation, and awareness and innovation in science. Taking place in the representative ETH Zurich Audimax, the venue offered a perfect background and stage and served as an inspiring site for all participants.

Day one of the fall seminar was shaped by insightful presentations and lively, thought-provoking discussions on societal and technological trends as well as current and new tools and technologies. The topics included...

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Friday, January 6, 2023
Nomination deadline: 17th February 2023
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IATUL is calling for interested and qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors, the executive body of IATUL responsible for leading the development of the Association, its strategic direction, and actions.

IATUL is looking for nominations to represent following regions: Europe (1 seat) and Asia/Pacific (1 seat).

Ordinary and Associate Members may propose representatives for election. Nominations shall name the candidate and shall show evidence of the candidate's consent. Nominators must be official representatives of a member institution. The decision as to who shall be invited to join the Board will be made by the Board and presented to the General Assembly for approval at the Annual Conference, which will take place in Dubai, UAE from 13 to 16 March 2023. Members of the Board are elected for a term of three years and shall be eligible for immediate re-election to one additional term.

Candidates are expected to take an active part in the endeavors of the IATUL Board of Directors, especially by attending Board meetings and taking on responsibilities related to assigned tasks and roles on the Board. The Board...

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Thursday, December 1, 2022
News for IATUL Members
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Our topics in December 2022:

  1. President’s message
  2. The IATUL Fall 2022 Seminar in Zurich, Switzerland
  3. IATUL 43rd Annual Conference in Dubai and Sharjah, UAE
  4. IATUL 42nd General Assembly: Report
  5. IATUL 42nd Annual Conference in Miami: Highlights
  6. Call for Nominations - IATUL Board of Directors
  7. Call for hosting IATUL Events
  8. IATUL Special Interest Groups - SIG News
     a) SIG for Library Space
     b) SIG for Information Literacy
     c) SIG for Metrics and Research Impact
     d) SIG for Research Data Management

Read our latest issue of the IATUL Newsletter.


Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Submission deadline extended by 22nd December 2022

The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites proposals for papers for the 43rd Annual IATUL Conference in the United Arab Emirates, 13-16 March 2023. Papers are invited on the following theme: "Libraries Pushing Boundaries"

The submission deadline has been extended by 22nd December 2022!

Proposals should align with the following tracks:

• Vision, Leadership and Professional Growth
   o Highlighting value and quality, strategic partnership and collaboration, leading and transforming, work environments -
      problems and solutions

• Digital and Service Delivery
   o Users as co-creators of services and spaces, spaces for discovery, AI and robots in the library, discovery services and
      systems, marketing for maximum returns

• Developing Capable Citizens
   o Information and digital literacies, student success pathways, employability and career support, sustainability initiatives

• Impact and Surfacing Research
  o Sharing and promoting research, managing openness, future-...

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Friday, November 25, 2022
IATUL Conference 2023
Travel Grants

To encourage global participation the IATUL Travel Grant Programme provides financial assistance to library and/or information professionals from developing countries to attend the annual IATUL Conference.

IATUL Travel Grants will be awarded to first-time attendees of this conference. Applications are encouraged from librarians at any institution that is an IATUL member or would qualify for IATUL membership. When applying for a Travel Grant, please remember that English is the official language of the organization and its annual conference.

Read more and apply for a Travel Grant!