• The 11th CoLIS conference will take place in 2022 and will be hosted by the Oslo Metropolitan University. Please contact Nils Pharo for any further information regarding CoLIS 2022.
  • Full text papers presented at CoLIS in Ljubljana have been prepared for publication in Information Research and will be available in the December issue of the journal.


Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS) is a series of international conferences aiming to provide a broad forum for the exploration and exchange of ideas in the field of Library and Information Science, Information Studies, and related disciplines. It welcomes diverse contributions offering empirical, theoretical and historical perspectives.

Conference themes

The theme of the conference is - as indicated in the name CoLIS - Conceptions (approaches, theories, etc.) of Library and Information Science (LIS). This concerns the well established LIS subfields, such as:

  • Knowledge organization
  • Knowledge management
  • Library studies
  • Information architecture
  • Information behavior
  • Information literacy and related literacies
  • Interactive information retrieval
  • Information systems
  • Scholarly communication
  • Bibliometrics, scientometrics, webometrics
  • Interaction design and user experience
  • Archival studies
  • History and philosophy of information

We welcome submissions on all aspects of the subject, including information science, information systems, library science, archives, records management, and digital humanities.


Keynote speakers

Sabina Leonelli

University of Exeter, Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, Data Studies Group

Ross J. Todd

Rutgers, School of Communication & Information, Department of Library and Information Science, Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL)

Sarah T. Roberts

University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Information Studies, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies


NEW! All accepted full papers are currently being refereed by the program committee. Authors will receive reviews by the end of June and will, based on the reviews, hand in the final version of the papers by July 31. The full papers will be published as a supplement of Information Research journal, which is indexed in Web of Science (Social Sciences Citation Index) and other important bibliographical databases.

GUIDELINES for accepted full papers, short papers and posters >>


The Doctoral Forum will take place on June 16, 2019, at the Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The Doctoral Forum is intended to provide a setting for discussion of doctoral students' research projects with invited senior researchers and other participating students. The discussions will take place in a constructive spirit and a friendly atmosphere taking into consideration the diversity of contemporary LIS. A further objective is to act as a platform initiating international contacts between doctoral students as well as researchers that may enable future collaboration.


Fees & Registration

Conference dinner is included in the conference fee.
After submitting your registration form, an invoice with payment details will be emailed to you.
Registration closes on June 3, 2019.

Early bird fees (by March 20, 2019):

  • General participants: 270 EUR
  • PhD students: 220 EUR
  • Domestic PhD students: 150 EUR

Regular fees after March 20, 2019:

  • General participants: 300 EUR
  • PhD students: 250 EUR
  • Domestic PhD students: 150 EUR



Silver sponsor
Bronze sponsor



FACULTY OF ARTS, Aškerčeva 2, Ljubljana

photo by Matjaž Rebolj


NEW! Unfortunately, public transportation from Ljubljana (Jože Pučnik) airport to the city of Ljubljana has its downsides. We feel that the best option is taking a shared shuttle transport offered by several different companies, however you can also choose to travel by bus or by taxi. More information >>


To welcome reception (Monday):

To conference dinner (Tuesday):
LJUBLJANA CASTLE, restaurant Gostilna na gradu, Grajska planota 1, Ljubljana (detailed information >> )


Conference Chairs

Conference chairs:
Programme chairs:

COLIS international advisory board

  • Birger Hjørland
  • Olof Sundin
  • David Bawden
  • Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson
  • Polona Vilar