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.

The 10th conference in the series will be organised by the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana and will take place in June 16-19 2019.

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.


We invite authors to submit abstracts of research papers for full papers, short papers, panels, workshops, alternative events and posters.

Abstracts of full papers and short papers should be up to 500 words. Once accepted, full papers should be up to 5000 words and short research papers up to 3000 words. Full paper abstracts are given priority. All submissions should be in English – the official language of the conference.
All submissions will be refereed. All accepted full papers will also have the opportunity to be published in the journal Information Research and will be indexed in Web of Science (Social Sciences Citation Index) and other important bibliographical databases.


Abstracts should be uploaded to Easy Chair by January 10, 2019
Deadline extended to January 24, 2019


We invite doctoral students to a Doctoral Forum held in connection to the main conference CoLIS 10. 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.


Important dates

Easy Chair opens for abstract submissions: December 3, 2018
Abstract submission deadline for all contribution types: January 10 January 24, 2019
Notifications of acceptance to authors: End of February, 2019
Full paper submissions: End of April, 2019
Submissions for Doctoral forum: February 1, 2019

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

Fees & Registration

Registration will open in January.

Early bird fees (by March 15, 2019):

  • Participant: 270 EUR
  • PhD student: 220 EUR

Fees after March 15, 2019:

  • Participant: 300 EUR
  • PhD student: 250 EUR

Conference dinner is included in the conference fee.



Faculty of Arts, Aškerčeva 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia


Ljubljana offers a range of hotels, hostels and Airbnb accommodations. However, there are many tourists visiting Ljubljana in the summer, resulting in a high demand for rooms in the city centre. We strongly recommend that you book a room as soon as possible. This way you will be able to stay close to the conference venue and the bustling city centre for an affordable price.

We have made arrangements with 3 nearby hotels, reserving a small number of rooms for COLIS participants at a fixed price. MORE INFORMATION >>

Other travel information


Conference Chairs

Conference chairs:
Programme chairs:

COLIS international advisory board

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