LIDA 2018 Call for PhD Forum Participation

Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) is an international biennial conference that addresses the changing and challenging environment for libraries and other information institutions in the digital world. LIDA 2018 will take place during June 13-15, 2018 in Zadar, Croatia, a charming Mediterranean town located on the Adriatic coast. This year’s theme is "Social Justice, Community Engagement and Digital Libraries: Access, Diversity, and Inclusion". LIDA is a forum for dissemination and discussion of critical and theoretical aspects of the theme as well as examination of best practices from the field, and practitioner perspectives and applications.
The LIDA PhD Forum, held in conjunction with the main conference, provides an opportunity for five doctoral students to present and discuss their dissertation with senior researchers and other doctoral students in relatively informal setting and to receive feedback on their research. The PhD Forum focuses on advising students regarding critical issues in their research proposal, and highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of their research proposals.  PhD Forum is in general targeted at students in their second or third year of a PhD program who have formulated their research problem, theoretical framework and research methodology.

All topics within the main LIDA 2018 call are acceptable as topics for the PhD Forum:

  • How to empower people in all walks of life
  • Designing for diversity, inclusivity, equitable and flexible use
  • Community needs assessment for design and development
  • Understanding and developing services for underserved / marginalized groups
  • Community building, activism and citizenry
  • Inequities, questions of privilege, power, and social control
  • Human rights
  • Critical approaches
  • Creating  inclusive spaces
  • Systems, structures and architecture for design and development in the context of social justice and community engagement
  • Transforming from provider-led agencies to community-led agencies of social change
  • Social justice, archives and preservation
  • International perspectives / research on  social justice and community engagement
  • Developing countries and preservation of indigenous knowledge
  • Information organization / metadata / search algorithms for diversity, inclusivity, and flexibility
  • Diverse cultural contexts, religious, political and value systems
  • Pedagogy for social justice
  • Virtual communities affording access to different stakeholders
  • Collection development for diversity and inclusion
  • Intellectual freedom, information ethics 
  • Information literacy
  • Reflective assessment of best practices from the field, as related to conference theme


Proposals for PhD Forum should be submitted in English, as extended, structured abstracts of up to 750 words, not including references. The abstract should clearly state theoretical framework, research problem/questions, suggested research methodology and progress made so far. A maximum of five key words should be provided. 
For quotations, footnotes and references authors should use Chicago Manual of Style, Author-Date System, available at the web  site (choose Author-Date for sample citations). Proposal should follow formal LIDA guidelines available at .
Applications should be submitted electronically via the EasyChair submission system (

Chairs of the PhD Forum at LIDA 2018

Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC, USA
Dr. Mirna Willer, University of Zadar, Croatia


Participation in the PhD Forum is included in the conference registration fee (


OCLC, Inc., a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation, will fund five complimentary registration fees for students participating in the PhD Forum. Information on the complimentary conference registration will be sent to the five selected PhD Forum student participants.

Important Dates

Feb. 25, 2018 Deadline for research proposals

March 1, 2018 Notification of acceptance and instructions for complimentary registration


Credit and certificate

It is recommended that students participating in the PhD Forum are awarded 2 credits, ECTS or equivalent, by their home department. Students will be presented with a certificate upon completed participation in the PhD Forum.


If you have any questions regarding the PhD Forum, please contact the chairs, Lynn Silipigni Connaway ( and Mirna Willer (