Library conferences in Asia 2016

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IFLA WLIC 2018 New! The World Library and Information Congress 2018 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August 2018. Dates to be announced. 2018年国际图联世界图书馆与信息大会:马来西亚吉隆坡

ALIA/LIANZA Joint 2018 Conference New! ALIA and Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) will hold their joint conference 30 July to 2 August 2018 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia.


June 2017

Open Repositories Conference New! The University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University will host this international conference, 26-30 June 2017 at the Hilton Brisbane, Australia.

NLS8  The New Librarians’ Symposium 8 2017 will be held 23-25 June in Canberra at the  National Library of Australia. The theme for 2017 is DIY Library Career.

May 2017

THETA 2017 New! The THETA Conference, Connecting Minds. Creating the Future. takes place 7-10 May 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. THETA is The Higher Education Technology Agenda.

March 2017

iConference 2017 New! iConference takes place 22-25 March 2017 in Wuhan, China. Its theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community.

February 2017

ALIA Information Online 2017 Conference The conference is in Sydney, Australia, 13 to 17February 2017.

January 2017

Lives of Data Workshop New! The workshop happens 6-7 January 2017 at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India.


December 2016

International Conference on Information Science and Security 2016  The conference takes place 19-22 December 2016 in Pattaya, Thailand.

ICDL 2016 The International Conference on Digital Libraries organized by TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute, takes place 14-16 December 2016 in New Delhi, India at the India Habitat Centre. Its theme is Smart Future: Knowledge Trends that will Change the World.

ICADL 2016 The 18th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries takes place 7-9 December 2016 at University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. It is a co-event with the Asia-Pacific Forum of Information Schools (AP-IS) 5-6 December 2016.

RAILS 2016  The Research Applications, Information and Library Studies conference  is hosted by the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, from 6-8 December 2016. The conference will be held on Victoria’s Pipitea Campus in central Wellington.

AusDM 2016 AusDM 2016 Data Mining & Analytics is held in conjunction with ASC 2016 and OZCots 2016, 5-9 December 2016, Canberra, Australia

2016 PRRLA Meeting The Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance meeting 2016 takes place at the University of Melbourne, Australia, 5–7 December 2016.

OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Meeting 2016 New! The meeting takes place 1-2 December 2016 in Hong Kong with the theme Tracking Digital Footprints: Recognizing and Predicting User Behavior.

November 2016

International Conference on Marching Beyond the Libraries: The Role of Social Media and Networking New! ICMBL 2016 will be held at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India, 25 to 26 November 2016.

PLAI National Congress 2016 The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS) and the National Library of the Philippines (NLP), will be conducting its Annual National Congress on November 22-25, 2016 in Davao City. Its theme is Library as a Place: Continual Learning in the New Information Landscape.

Building Digital India: Enhancing Capacities Through Libraries and Information New! The conference, organized by Shaheed Bhagat Singh College Library, University of Delhi, in association with the Asian Library Association takes place 22-23 November 2016 at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

BSANZ 2016  The annual conference of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand will be held at the University of Waikato, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, in Hamilton, New Zealand, from 21-22 November 2016.

CAUL Research Repositories Community Event 2016 The event happens at the University of Sydney, Australia, 21-22 November 2016.

2016 Libraries Australia Forum New! The forum takes place 11 November 2016 at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

PLANNER 2016 The 10th convention Promotion of Library Automation and Networking in North-Eastern Region (PLANNER) takes place 9-11 November 2016, at Shillong, Meghalaya, India. The theme is Disruptive Innovations for Libraries: Adopt, Adapt and Evolve.

A-LIEP 2016 The 7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice, takes place 3-4 November 2016 at Nanjing, China.

October 2016

Liberact IV Liberact IV: Converge and Create takes place at Brisbane, Australia, 31 October to 1 November 2016.

NACLIN 2016 New! The 19th National Convention on Knowledge, Library and Information Networking is organised by DELNET in collaboration with Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam, India, from 26-28 October 2016 at Tezpur. Its theme is Smart Libraries and Inspired Librarians: Managing New Technologies, Digital Content and Services.

2016 Chinese Library Annual Conference New! The conference is in Tongling, China and has the theme Innovate China: Technology, Society and Library.

5th National Conference of Institute of Scientometrics New! The conference takes place 22-23 October at the Central University of Rajasthan, Bandar Sindri, India.

31st National Conference of the Australian Society of Archivists 17-21 October 2016, Parramatta, Australia.

ALIRG Workshop 2016 New! The 8th Asia Library and Information Research Group (ALIRG) Workshop convenes 6-7 October 2016 at the National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan.

iETD -2016 New! The conference with the theme Evolving ETDs to Knowledge Repositories takes place at Infocity, Gandhinagar, India, 5-7 October 2016.

September 2016

ICOLIS2016 The 6th International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society takes place 20-21 September 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference theme is Romanticizing the Library: Creating What Users Need and Want.

2016 Chinese Institutional Repository Conference New! The conference takes place in Chongqing, China, 20-23 September 2016.

Smart Libraries for Tomorrow Conference The Smart Libraries for Tomorrow Conference to be held 20 September 2016 at the Matrix Auditorium@Biopolis, Singapore, has the theme Smart Libraries for Tomorrow: Disrupt and Innovate.

August 2016

ALIA National 2016 Conference The conference is in Adelaide, South Australia, 29 August to 2 September 2016.

2016 ALLA National Conference The Australian Law Librarians’ Association 2016 conference happens at the State Library of Victoria, Australia, 24-26 August 2016.

IASL 2016 The Annual International Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship will be held in Tokyo, Japan, 22-26 August 2016. Its theme is A School Library Built for the Digital Age.

IBBY International Congress 2016 The 35th congress with the theme Literature in a multi-literate world takes place in New Zealand 18-21 August 2016. IBBY is the International Board on Books for Young People.

Creating and Managing Digital Libraries using EPrints The National Workshop on Creating and Managing Digital Libraries using EPrints is organized by INFLIBNET Centre, 10 to 12 August 2016 at Information and Library Network Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.

July 2016

ICKIM 2016 The International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management takes place in Beijing, China 22-24 July 2016.

3rd International Conference on Children’s Librarianship The 3rd International Conference on Children’s Librarianship with the theme Fostering Inclusive Children and Young Adult Services in Libraries takes place 18-20 July 2016, Almont Inland Resort Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, the Philippines.

LibDC Library Data Carpentry will be held on 12-14 July 2016 in the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

LIS2016 The International Conference on Library and Information Science meets in Kyoto, Japan, 12-14 July 2016.

CDPDL 2016 The 2016 International Conference on Chinese Digital Publishing and Digital Libraries, happens 10-15 July 2016, in Hangzhou, China.

SALIS 2016 The National Conference on Creativity, Innovation and Transformation in Libraries, 8-9 July 2016, is organized by the Department of Library, K.S.Rangasamy College of Technology, India, Jointly with the Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science (SALIS).

Diverse Voices The 12th Australian Library History Forum takes place 7-8 July 2016 and is hosted by the State Library of Queensland, Australia.

SILF2016 The 8th Shanghai International Library Forum will be held on 6-8 July 2016 in Shanghai, China.

BAI 2016 International Conference on Business and Information, 3-5 July 2016, Nagoya, Japan.

31st Annual ANZTLA Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association takes place 29th June to 2nd July 2016, Canberra, Australia.

June 2016

NACLIS 2016 The National Conference on Library and Information Studies (NACLIS) 2016 takes place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 23 June 2016. Its theme is Marching towards excellence: Contributions of LIS professionals in building a better society.

ISKCOM 2016 The International Symposium on Knowledge and Communication, takes place at Shirpur, India, 10-11 June 2016.

WAIM 2016 The 17th International Conference on Web-Age Information Management, 3 to 5 June 2016, takes place in Nanchang, China.

Academic Librarian 4 – Sustainable Academic Libraries: Now and Beyond The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Library and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Library will jointly host this two-day conference on 2-3 June 2016.

May 2016

Asian Festival of Children’s Content The festival is at the National Library Building Singapore, 25–29 May 2016.

Aurora Institute for Emerging Leaders The institute runs 23-27 May 2016 in Manly, NSW, Australia.

12th AUNILO Meeting The Universiti Brunei Darussalam Library will be hosting the 12th AUNILO Meeting from 23rd to 25th May 2016, which will be held at the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA), UBD. The meeting is coordinated by the AUNILO Secretariat and the ASEAN University Network (AUN) Secretariat. Its theme is Enhancing Electronic Resources Capacity in Libraries: Addressing Trends, Issues and Challenges.

5th Library and Information Professionals Summit 2016 LIPS 2016: International Conference on from Ownership to Access: Leveraging the Digital Paradigm takes place 19-20 May 2016 in New Delhi, India. It is organized by Ambedkar University Delhi, Society for Library Professionals (SLP) and the Special Libraries Association (USA), Asian Chapter.

ABLD-EBSLG-APBSLG Joint Conference The 2016 Joint Conference of the Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD), the European Business School Librarians Group (EBSLG) and the Asia Pacific Business School Librarians Group (APBSLG) takes place at the Li Ka Shing Library, Singapore Management University, 16-19 May 2016. The Way Forward: Smart, Savvy, Sustainable is its theme.

ICEAI 2016 The 5th International Congress on Engineering and Information will take place on 10-12 May 2016 in Osaka, Japan.

April 2016

The 14th Annual Library Leadership Institute Library Leadership in a Disruptive World: Today & Tomorrow, the 14th in the leadership series, takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22-26 April 2016. It is organized by the University of Hong Kong Libraries in conjunction with the iGroup, Monash University Malaysia Library and Taylor’s University Library.

ASEAI The 4th Asia Symposium on Engineering and Information is in Jeju-do island, Korea, 19-21 April 2016.

ICEKMT 2016 The 5th International Conference on E-Learning and Knowledge Management Technology takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17-18 April 2016.

International Conference on Digital Governance: Innovation Information and Libraries The ASIALA2016 conference is organized by the Asian Library Association and the Indian Institute of Management, Indore, 14-16 April 2016 at IIM Indore, India.

LibrAsia2016 The Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2016 takes place in Kobe, Japan 7 -10 April 2016.

March 2016

NCRMLIS 2016 The National Conference on Research Methodology in Library and Information Science takes place at Alagappa University, Tamil Nadu, Karaikudi, India, 11-12 March 2016.

CDNLAO 2016 The 24th Conference of Directors of National Libraries of Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) meets in Wellington, New Zealand 9-11 March 2016 and is hosted by the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mâtauranga o Aotearoa. The theme is Adding value through international cooperation.

International Conference on Big Data & Knowledge Discovery ICBK2016 is hosted by the Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC) and the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Bangalore, India, 9-11 March 2016.

Linked up, Loud and Literate ‘Libraries enabling digital citizenship’ The meeting is hosted by National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA), and the National Library of Australia, in Canberra, 9 March 2016.

National Conference of Public Librarians 2016 The National Conference of Public Librarians takes place 7-10 March 2016 in Manila, Philippines, with the theme Philippine Public Librarianship: Looking Forward and Beyond.

JTS2016 The Joint Technical Symposium, Sustainable Audio-visual Collections Through Collaboration, takes place in Singapore 7-9 March 2016.

IPLC 2016 The Indian Public Library Conference organized by the NASSCOM Foundation and DELNET takes place 7-8 March 2016 in New Delhi, India. Its theme is Inspiring and Repositioning Public Libraries – Technology, Content and Services.

LKSW 2016 The 2016 Librarians’ Knowledge Sharing Workshop will be held 4-5 March 2016 at Garden International School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Asian Open Access Meeting The National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan and COAR are co-organizing a meeting of the Asian OA Community in Tokyo, Japan on 4 March 2016 in conjunction with the Research Data Alliance meeting.

February 2016

2016 Canberra Outreach Meeting ORCID at Scale is the theme of this meeting hosted by the Australian Access Foundation, Canberra, Australia, 15-16 February 2016.

National Conference on Library and Information Services For All: Reaching the Unreached in the Digital Era The conference takes place 11-12 February 2016 at Manasagangotri, University of Mysore, Mysuru, India.

VALA2016 VALA’s 18th Biennial Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Melbourne, Australia, from 9-11 February 2016.

International Conference on Re-Engineering of Library Resources and Services: Challenges and Opportunities The International Conference on Re-Engineering of Library Resources and Services: Challenges and Opportunities takes place at Annamalai University, Chidambaram, India, 5-6 February 2016.

BAI 2016-winter The 2016 International Conference on Business and Information, winter session convenes in Bali, Indonesia, 2-4 February 2016.

January 2016

11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School  The 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School will be held from 31 January to 5 February, 2016 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

National Workshop on Next Generation Librarianship National Workshop on Next Generation Librarianship organised by ICSSR-NASSDOC and CRISP takes place 18 to 21 January 2016 at Bhopal, India.


December 2015

IASLIC 2015 The IASLIC 30th All India Conference 2015 with the theme Library Legislation and Community Information Services takes place 28-31 December 2015 at Gujurat University, Ahmedabad, India.

ICADL2015 The 17th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries will be held in Seoul, Korea, 9-12 December 2015.

ICIS 2015 The 1st International Conference on Information Science hosted by The Faculty of Information Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), takes place 7-8 December 2015 at Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Conference The meeting, 3-4 December 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, has the theme The Power of Worldwide Cooperation.

ETBL – 2015 The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in association with Indian School of Business are jointly organizing a three day Global Conference on Emerging Trends in Business Librarianship during 2-4 December 2015 at IIM, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Libraries Australia Forum This event takes place 1 December 2015 in Melbourne, Australia with the theme Unique to Ubiquitous.

November 2015

2015 APLAP Meeting The Association of Parliamentary Librarians of Asia and the Pacific meet in Canberra, Australia, 30 November to 3 December 2015.

Annual Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand The conference takes place in Melbourne, Australia, from 26-27 November 2015 with the theme Turning the Page: Bibliographical Innovation and the Legacy of Aldus Manutius.

11th International Conference on Webometrics, Informetrics, and Scientometrics (WIS) and the 16th COLLNET Meeting The 11th WIS and the 16th COLLNET happen in Delhi, India, 26-28 November 2015.

PLAI National Congress 2015: The Philippine Librarians Association Inc. (PLAI) in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS) and the National Library of the Philippines (NLP), will be conducting its Annual National Congress on 25-27 November 2015 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. Its theme is “ASEAN 2015: Borderless Librarianship, Limitless Opportunities”.

IMCW2015 The 6th International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World Information Management in the Big Data Era: For a Better World, takes place in Guangzhou, China, 25-27 November 2015.

IKC2015 The International Knowledge Conference 2015 meets in Sarawak, Malaysia, 15-18 November 2015.

ICIS 2015 The NILIS International Conference in Information Sciences takes place at the University Of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12-14 November 2015. Also taking place at the conference is the  National Institute of Library and Information Sciences (NILIS) MPhil/PhD Colloquium 2015 on 12 November.

WCIS’15 The World Conference on Information Science 2015 takes place 12-13 November in Shah Alam, Malaysia.

CAUL Research Repositories Community Event 2015 The event is at the University of Melbourne, Australia, 12-13 November 2015.

ICIML 2015 The International Conference on Information Management and Libraries takes place in Lahore, Pakistan, 10-13 November 2015.

7th iGroup China Librarian Conference (IGCLC)  “The Changing Academic Ecosystem: New opportunities for Universities, Their Libraries and Scholarly Publishing” takes place in Chengdu, China, 10-11 November 2015.

COPE Australian Seminar 2015 This Committee on Publication Ethics seminar themed, Publication Ethics in the Australian Context, is on 6 November 2015 at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

ICICKM 2015 The 12th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning takes place in Bangkok, Thailand, 5-7 November 2015.

First National Conference on Digital Heritage The National Library of the Philippines in cooperation with the Academic Booksellers Association of the Philippines will conduct its First National Conference on Digital Heritage with the theme: Preservation of and Access to, Documentary Heritage in the Digital Age on 4-6 November 2015, tentatively in Pasay City.

ETD 2015 The 18th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations takes place in New Delhi, India, 3-6 November.

October 2015

17th Biennial Copyright Law and Practice Symposium 2015, 22-23 October 2015, Sydney, Building a Fairer Framework for the Future is organised by The Copyright Society of Australia and the Australian Copyright Council.

International Conference on Managing Academic Libraries – A Road-map to 2025 The conference at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, 22-23 October 2015.

ICDIM 2015 The Tenth International Conference on Digital Information Management meets in Jeju Island, South Korea, 21-23 October 2015.

A-LIEP 2015 The Asia-Pacific Library and Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP) Conference will be held in the Philippines from 21-23  October 2015.

QPLA 2015 The Queensland Public Libraries Association conference, Partners in Time, takes place 19-21 October, Redcliffe, Australia

9th ALIA Top End Symposium The 9th ALIA Top End Symposium: Evolution, Excellence and Energy: the triple E approach to future proofing libraries, takes place in Darwin, Australia, 16-17 October 2015.

2nd International Conference on Children’s Librarianship  With the theme Sustaining Children’s Services in the Region through Improved Coherence and Integration this conference
takes place in Palawan, the Philippines, 14-16 October 2015.

SALC 2015 The South Asian Libraries Conference takes place in Lahore, Pakistan, 12-13 October 2015.

6th KSCLA International Conference Paradigms of Digital Library, E-Resources, Open Access and Information and Media Literacy takes place 9-10 October 2015 at Hubballi, Karnataka, India and is sponsored by the Karnataka State College Librarians Association.

September 2015

SLANZA 2015 This School Library