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Call for Papers: VII International Conference on Emerging Global Trends in University Library Development (Library Connect 2018)

The Nazarbayev University Library, National Academic Library of Kazakhstan, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University Library, and the Association of Libraries of Higher Educational Institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan invite you to the 7th International Conference on Emerging Global Trends in University Library Development (Library Connect 2018) with the theme Libraries and Its Role in Transforming Societies: Strategies and Trends which will be held in the framework of the Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum on 23-24 May 2018 at Astana, Kazakhstan.

The conference will include presentations by foreign and Kazakhstani librarians, as well as consultations and discussions regarding current issues in library and information services.

Participation in the conference is free of charge but priority will be given to the librarians coming from Central Asia. The conference will also provide a live streaming link for those who can’t attend.

Travel, accommodation and meals are at the expense of conference participants or sending organizations. The language of the conference is in English but we will provide translations in both Kazakh and Russian.


Nazarbayev University (first day)

National Academic Library of Kazakhstan (second day for public librarians in connection with IAP)

L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (second day for academic  librarians)

Call for Papers

Libraries are advocates of positive dynamic trends in the society including higher education and public institutions. Tremendous change in libraries had happened for the last decade. The conference aims to recognize some of the best practices and strategies of libraries in terms of introducing new tools and technologies in the delivery of credible sources and ethical content. It will also identify emerging trends in mobile environments, and understand the value of having diverse management and leadership styles. These changes have helped transform the communities libraries serve in their daily lives.  Libraries play a crucial role in information support for learning and research that are considered as driving forces on the development of the society.

Paper contributions are welcome from any part of the world but priority will be given to professionals working in Central Asia.

Suggested proposals should be in line with the theme and should be based on the following topics:

  • Strategies and trends in libraries
  • Use of mobile technologies and various tools in library services
  • Librarians as partners and collaborators in community events and academic research
  • Media and Information Literacy as a catalyst of change
  • Library management and its role in transforming the academic landscape
  • Reshaping physical library spaces: need versus want
  • Diverse library collection and its impact in today’s users
  • Sustainable development and the UN 2030 agenda

The conference will provide a venue to present, share, and discuss best practices, strategies and trends in libraries in Central Asia.

Call for Abstracts / Papers

28 December 2017

Submission of informative abstracts

30 January 2018 (22 February 2018 Extended)

Notification of approved abstracts

15 February 2018 (2 March 2018)

Submission of full paper

15 March 2018 (30 March 2018)

Notification of approved paper

1 April 2018

Start of Registration (For All)

5 March 2018

Submission of revised full paper and Powerpoint presentation

1 May 2018


23-24 May 2018

An informative abstract with less than 500 words should include the purpose of the study, methodology, findings, practical applications and a statement of originality (the value of the paper).

Paper format

  1. Abstracts and full papers should be original and written in English.
  2. In submitting abstracts and full papers, authors should register and create their EasyChair account and upload papers using this conference paper management system. Make sure you are submitting in the correct conference with this acronym (ICEGTULD 2018). Here is the submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icegtuld2018
  3. Papers should be double spaced. Limit the number of words to less than 5,000. Use Times New Roman with font size 12.
  4. Include a brief biographical note containing less than 50 words.
  5. Use APA style (6th ed.) for referencing and citation. 

Presentation format

  1. We would appreciate receiving presentations using MS Powerpoint.
  2. If other than MS Powerpoint, please let us know before 1 May 2018.

Accepted papers must be presented by the author/s during the conference. Authors will be given 20 minutes each to present and 10 minutes for Q&A. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.


Register here

For inquiries, please contact the following:

Joseph M. Yap

Program Committee Chair

Expert-Manager, Reference

Nazarbayev University Library


Darya Zvonareva

Program Committee Co-Chair

Expert-Manager, Reference

Nazarbayev University Library


Paper Reviewers

Dr. Reysa Alenzuela

The University of the South Pacific (Vanuatu)

Prof. Rhea Rowena Apolinario

University of the Philippines (Philippines)

Dr. Nermin Cakmak

Library of Chamber of Architects (Turkey)

Ms. Melissa Cardenas-Dow

California State University-Sacramento (USA)

Mr. Andrew Carlos

California State University-East Bay (USA)

Dr. Aree Cheunwattana

Dhurakij Pundit University (Thailand)

Dr. Daniel Dorner

Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)

Ms. Tiina Heino

University of Helsinki (Finland)

Dr. Heesop Kim

Kyungpook National University (Korea)

Dr. Jesus Lau

Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)

Mr. Rajendra Munoo

Singapore Management University (Singapore)

Mr. Raymond Pun

California State University, Fresno (USA)

Dr. Muhammad Rafiq

University of the Punjab (Pakistan)

Dr. Shri Ram

Thapar University (India)

Mr. Peter Sidorko

The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Dr. Diljit Singh

University of Malaya (Malaysia)

Mr. Joseph Yap

Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) 

Prof. Labibah Zain                        

UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta (Indonesia)

Mr. Dydimus Zengenene

German Development Cooperation (Zimbabwe)


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
8:00am - 6:00pm
Main Campus
No Geolocation available for event.

Event Organizer

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