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CoLIS 9: Uppsala University | June 27-29, 2016

This is a gentle reminder that the registration to CoLIS 9 is finalized only upon payment of the conference fee. If you have not yet transferred your fee, please make sure to do so ASAP and following the instructions that were e-mailed to you after submitting the registration form. The deadline for payment is June 15.

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 9th conference in the series is organised by the Department of ALM, Uppsala University and the Division of ALM, Lund University and is held in Uppsala, Sweden, in June 27-29, 2016.

The conference’s keynote speakers are:

  • Prof. Geoffrey Bowker, University of California, Irvine
  • Prof. Louise Limberg, University of Borås
  • Assoc. Prof. Pamela McKenzie, University of Western Ontario

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

The Call for Papers and submission instructions can be found here.

Conference themes

The theme of the conference is conceptions (including approaches, theories, models) in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS). Contributions may be related to any subfield of LIS including (but not excluding others)

  • Information behaviour and information practices
  • Knowledge organization
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Library studies, Archival studies and Museum studies
  • Interactive information retrieval
  • Information systems
  • Information architecture
  • Scholarly communication
  • Digital literacy and information literacy
  • Digital libraries and archives
  • Document studies
  • Information-oriented social media studies
  • Information history
  • Bibliometrics, scientometrics, informetrics
  • Research data management
  • Interaction design and user experience
  • Social study of information and STS perspectives on information
  • Challenges for heritage institutions

Doctoral Forum

We invite doctoral students to participate in a Doctoral Forum held in connection to the CoLIS 9 main conference. The Doctoral Forum will be free of charge and aims to provide a setting where doctoral students can discuss their research projects with invited senior researchers and fellow Ph.D. candidates. The CoLIS 9 Doctoral Forum will take place on June 26, 2016, at the Department of ALM, Uppsala University.

Important dates

  • January 31, 2016: Deadline for all submissions
  • March 1, 2016: Deadline for Doctoral Forum applications
  • May 1, 2016: Registration deadline
  • June 26, 2016: Doctoral Forum
  • June 27-29, 2016: CoLIS

Payment and registration

The registration to CoLIS 9 is now closed. 

The conference fee is 2 700 SEK (approx. $295 and €270). Ph.D. student participation is discounted to 2 300 SEK  (approx. X $250 and €230). The price for the conference dinner is included in the fee, as is participation in the CoLIS 9 Doctoral Forum for Ph.D. students wanting to attend.

Internet access

Internet access during CoLIS 9 will be available via the Uppsala University eduroam network, accessible to employees of many institutions world-wide. If you are an employee of a participating institution but have yet to configure your devices for eduroam use, please contact your workplace's IT support. 

If you won't be able to use the eduroam network, please indicate so in the registration form and we will provide alternative means of accessing the Internet.


The schedule will be updated in early May.

Sunday June 26, 2016
09.00-17.00 Doctoral forum.

Afternoon activity: pre-conference reception at the Department of ALM

Monday June 27, 2016
9.00-9.30 Opening
9.30-10.30 Keynote 1
10.30-11.00 Coffee
11.00-12.30 Session 1
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Session 2
15.00-15.30 Coffee
15.30-17.00 Session 3

Afternoon activity: Reception at Carolina Rediviva.

Tuesday June 28, 2016
9.00-10.00 Session 4
10.0-10.30 Coffee
10.30-12.30 Session 5
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Keynote 2
14.30-15.00 Coffee
15.00-17.00 Session 6

Afternoon activity: Reception at the Uppsala City Library and conference dinner at the orangery of the Linnaeus Garden.

Wednesday June 29, 2016
9.00-10.30 Session 5
10.30-11.00 Coffee
11.00-12.30 Session 7
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Session 8
15.00-15.30 Coffee
15.30-16.30 Keynote 3
16.30-17.00 Closing of the conference

Important links

Conference chairs

  • Chair, Professor Kerstin Rydbeck
  • Co-chair, Professor Olof Sundin

Progamme chairs

  • Programme chair (papers), Prof. Isto Huvila 
  • Programme co-chair (papers), Dr. Hanna Carlsson
  • Programme chair (panels, workshops and other formats), Assoc. Prof. Jutta Haider

International advisory board

  • Professor David Bawden
  • Dr. Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson
  • Professor Birger Hjørland
  • Assoc. Prof. Sanna Talja
  • Professor Olof Sundin

CoLIS 9 in social media

Find news, query the organizers, and chat with other CoLIS 9-participants via Twitter (#CoLIS9) and the conference Facebook-page.


  • Faculty of Arts, Uppsala University
  • Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
  • Swedish Library Association
  • Swedish Research Council (through the framework project Knowledge in a Digital World: Trust, Credibility & Relevance on the Web)
  • Uppsala County Library
  • Uppsala Public Library
  • Uppsala University Library


Questions about the conference should be sent to the conference chair Kerstin Rydbeck ( or the co-chair Olof Sundin (