Call for Papers | Conference on Library and Information Studies (CLIS) 2021

The De La Salle University Libraries and the Philippine Normal University Library and Information Science Alumni Association (PNU-LISAA), Inc. issued a joint call for papers for the Annual Conference on Library and Information Studies (CLIS 2021) with the theme Libraries in the Period of Uncertainties: Transitioning, Transforming,  Upskilling, to be held on July 1-2, 2021 via Zoom. The call is open to librarians, information professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students of library and information science (LIS).

The conference aims to: (1) Find out how libraries are coping with the demands of online learning; (2) Determine innovative practices, programs, facilities, and services introduced by libraries in response to the instructional and research needs of clients, remotely; (3) Present the different trainings carried out to prepare both the library personnel and the clients to adapt to emerging technologies; and (4) Prepare libraries to gear up for the post-COVID world.


Abstracts must be submitted to ana.fresnido@dlsu.edu.ph on or before May 8, 2021 indicating CLIS2021 in the subject line.


Papers to be submitted should be in line with the theme. The following topics may be explored:

  • Online services
    • Online storytelling
  • “New normal” approach to library services
    • Services for patrons with no internet access 
    • Digital inclusion    
  • Online resources
    • Institutional repositories
  • Digitization
  • Equal and free access to information and knowledge
  • Reopening of libraries
    • Safety and onsite library services
  • Library closures
  • Economic risks/library funding
  • Upskilling librarians and library users
    • Digital literacy/skills 
    • Work from home experiences
  • Changing roles of libraries and librarians
  • Impact of libraries to the communities/society
  • Library collaboration/partnerships
  • Global movements
  • Library outreach
  • Disinformation
  • Issues on copyright, data privacy, and fair use ·        
  • LIS curriculum
  • Libraries in the post-COVID world
Submitted papers will go through a blind peer-review process which means that the author’s identity is concealed from the reviewers. To facilitate this, authors are requested to submit the following in two separate files:
  • The Title Page containing the Authors details (authors' names and affiliations, complete address, telephone number, and e-mail address)
  • Blinded abstract with no author details
Selection will be based on relevance to the theme, content, organization, and style. 

Important Dates to Remember:

May 08, 2021        -      Deadline of abstract submission

May 21, 2021        -      Notification of accepted proposals

June 18, 2021       -      Submission of PowerPoint presentations

July 1-2, 2021       -      Presentation of accepted papers


For Inquiries, please contact: 


Ana Maria B. Fresnido      

Conference Chair  


Sheila May R. Ayran 

President, PNU-LISAA