International Conference on Academic Libraries (ICAL-2023)

5th to 8th April, 2023

Delhi University Library System, University of Delhi

Delhi, INDIA     


          The International Conference on Academic Libraries is being organized to develop a vision for the next generation libraries which will contribute in nation building and give a competitive edge to the country in becoming a knowledge economy. The conference will provide an international forum to all stakeholders to deliberate, dwell and brainstorm upon the diverse and enormous role that academic libraries may play in enhancing the higher education landscape in developed and developing countries with particular reference to India by 2030.

          The conference will provide opportunities to identify the strengths and gaps in the academic library system, and to suggest new management models, mechanisms, policies, and national and international programmes for reshaping academic libraries into next generation libraries for the higher education.


THEME OF THE CONFERENCE: The outline of different Sub-themes with probable explanation is placed here that will provide the author an idea of various dimensions of the Conference.

Vision & Roles of the Future Academic Libraries: This should imbibe a comprehensive outlook of the academic libraries by 2030 and set the ball rolling for the conference. The focus areas are:

• Futuristic vision of academic libraries;

• Relevance of Academic Libraries in National Education Policy Implementation;

• Indigenous knowledge creation, content development and digital libraries;

• Indian Knowledge System: Ancient to Modern;

• Evidence Based Library Services in Educational Institutions;

• Strengthening Library-Faculty Collaborations;

• University, college and research libraries as partners in the knowledge generation;

• Emerging Trends in Digital Governance.


Technology, Policy and Innovation:  ICT has a profound impact on all spheres of activities in the academic libraries. Its impact has been noticed on the way the libraries are to build its collection, its technical activities, its outreach activities, its budgetary strategies, its manpower development, its infrastructural requirement and the most important its services for the patrons. We invite thought provoking papers on different aspects of the theme with a focus on:

• Local to Global: Implications of repositioning libraries into digital future;

• Challenges in provision of digital information services;

• Innovations in library management and services;

• Digital Library Standards and Policies;

• Sustainable Digital Library Models;

• Digital Library Consortia: Challenges and Future Perspectives;

• Web 3.0 Technologies and their applications in Academic Libraries;

• Application of Mobile, Web and Semantic Technologies in Academic Libraries;

• Online Information Search Strategies, Techniques in Intelligent Information Retrieval;  

• ICT Enabled Library Security Tools, Technologies and Implementations;

• Plagiarism Detection Tools and Policies;

• Application of Artificial Intelligence in Academic Libraries;

• Digital Repositories: Development, Preservation and Challenges.


Change Management : We presume that change can have huge impact leading to catastrophic results or small and incremental results; change can be predictable or unpredictable; change can have positive or negative impact; it can be productive or unproductive; it will impact small adjustment in ones life or can collapse ones world; last but the least, it can be easily managed or can be stressful. The theme has been introduced with a view to understand the challenges and opportunities to organizational change, the team approach to handling change and applying change management strategies. We invite thought provoking papers on different aspects of the theme with a focus on:

• Empowering staff to meet the challenges, professional leadership and development, and new models of academic library governance;

• Models and success stories of deliveries, exchange of ideas of how to work together in future;

• Challenges in Managing Academic Libraries;

• Government and institutional policies on infrastructure, access control, resource sharing, and resource development and management; and

• Role of Libraries and Librarians in Institutional Ranking.


Library and Research Ecosystem: Research output is one of the parameters for measuring the reputation of any university. Therefore, academic institutions always work on improving their research output. Accreditation agencies give significant weightage to research for ranking the institutions. Academic libraries are undergoing a paradigm shift to revamp their services keeping in view the changing research landscape and varied methods in multidisciplinary research. Consequently, libraries have been repositioning themselves to this situation and extending possible research support services addressing the information-seeking of readers. Therefore, technologists, librarians, information scientists and academicians should collaborate to make the available information resources more user-friendly, and properly organize as per the international standards for efficient and effective use. The theme has been introduced with a view to discuss the emerging issues on research support services, machine learning in research support services, publishing, research data management, open access resources, its sustainable models, institutional repositories, data repositories, massive open online courses, and research and development activities etc. We invite thought provoking papers on different aspects of the theme with a focus on:
• Research Ecosystem- publishing, research metrics, research visibility, publishers,  society publication, supervisor-researchers etc;
• Research Data Management;
• Data visualization;
• Machine learning in the research support services; 
• E-research tools and techniques; 
• Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives;
• Wikidata, Wikibase in Libraries;  
• Open access publishing, open access resources and open access policy;
• Library cooperation in research support services; and
• National and international cooperation and collaboration in knowledge access and management.


Management Models and Framework, Library Services: The theme has been introduced with a view to identify different models, standards and tools which can be used to bring change in the ICT environment. It is expected to generate large number of views from across the world which has far reaching impact on developing the best out of all. We especially focus on faculty-student-library collaboration in all spheres of activities in the academic libraries. We underscore the collaboration of all stakeholders for holistic development of academic library system. We also focus on the institutional involvement in providing better manpower, better financial outlay based on the emerging practices. We invite thought provoking papers on different aspects of the theme with a focus on:

• Emerging management models for academic libraries;

• Manpower structure in ICT environment

• Library budgeting models;

• Evolving ways and means for better relationship for working with faculty;

• User centric services, reference and outreach;

• Changes in emerging user characteristics, behaviors, and expectation;

• Analyze users expectations in the emerging digital environment;

• Information literacy and competency programmes, e-tutorials;

• Best practices on modern library services;

• Convergence in collection management and technical services;


Advocacy: The libraries of the developing nations are faced with serious crisis of establishing its identity. The conference intends to coin an Advocacy theme ‘RIGHT TO READ’ which involves providing all possible facilities to the user community. This is due to lack of inter-personal relationship between the ex-chequers, users, and partners and between the informed citizens. While many of the developed nations have brought the libraries in the forefront of nation’s activities, the developing nations especially India requires to develop an advocacy model based on best practices that are indigenous based on cultural, social and economic conditions. We invite thought provoking papers on different aspects of the theme with a focus on:

• Problems, issues and best practices for academic library advocacy;

• Advocacy for better use of library services, for better inflow of finances, better infrastructure and better faculty status; and

• Advocacy for transforming the academic libraries to e-environment.







The conference will maintain its proceedings of high standard and hence would evaluate each and every paper in accordance with the international standards. Hence, all stakeholders who would like to participate in the conference by contributing their valuable knowledge are advised to go through the CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK to understand the thrust areas on which the conference intends to deliberate and accordingly make a choice of the relevant theme.


For all queries and further details, please contact :

ICAL 2023 Conference Secretariat

Dr. Rajesh Singh

University Librarian & Organising Secretary, ICAL

C/o University Librarian Office, Central Library, University of Delhi

New Delhi - 110 007, India

Phone - 91-11-27666034, 27667848

E-mail: ical2023@admin.du.ac.in