Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI): 11th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference


Are you interested in hosting EBLIP11 in 2021?


The EBLIP Conference is a biennial conference designed to promote the use of best available evidence to improve library and information practice in all types of libraries. It aims to bring together practitioners, researchers, and students involved in critical and reflective information practice to think through new ways to address contemporary issues of evidence based practice in less isolated, more collaborative, ways.


The first EBL(IP) Conference took place in Sheffield, UK in 2001. The success of this conference led to further conferences in Edmonton (Canada, 2003), Brisbane (Australia, 2005), Chapel Hill (USA, 2007), Stockholm (Sweden, 2009), Salford (UK, 2011), Saskatoon (Canada, 2013) Brisbane (Australia, 2015), Philadelphia (USA, 2017) and Glasgow (UK, 2019).


The convenor of the International Advisory Committee is inviting expressions of interest to host the next EBLIP conference in 2021.  The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 March 2020.


Expressions of interest should be sent, using the provided template and supporting details booklet, to Alison Brettle: a.brettle@salford.ac.uk


EBLIP Conferences typically last between 2.5 and 3 days and are accompanied by a Continuing Education Programme of workshops of between 0.5 and 2 days duration. (The Continuing Education Programme is optional for delegates and is not included in the Registration fees for the Conference). A Social Program usually includes a Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner (both included in the Registration fees) and additional optional pay-as-you-go social events. Day registration rates are provided to encourage attendance by local participants.


Conference venues have previously included academic, hotel, and commercial conference facilities. Local organizing committees (LOCs) should be coordinated by a professional working in the public sector (e.g. academic, public, school, national, professional organisation). Conferences are run on a not-for-profit basis with any surplus (after all deductions) being handed on to the successive local organising committee. An exhibition of commercial sponsors can be organized as a necessary source of conference income.


The Conference Program is the responsibility of the International Program Committee (IPC) co-ordinated by an IPC Chair/Co-chairs working in liaison with the LOC. The Conference Program should include invited keynote speakers (whose travel, accommodation and registration is typically covered by conference income), submitted papers (abstracts) (selected by the IPC) and submitted posters (abstracts) (again selected separately by the IPC). Paper and poster abstracts should be reviewed by the IPC using a double-blind review process. Awards for best paper and best poster are typically made by the IPC with commendation certificates provided to shortlisted presentations.


The EBLIP International Advisory Committee (IAC) (comprising one representative from each of the previous hosts) will select the venue for the conference based on submissions of Expressions of Interest from potential LOCs by 31st January 31st 2020.



10th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference


Full registration remains open, but delegates may not have full access to all catering.

Virtual conference registration (£65) will be available until 14 June.


Pre-conference workshops: 16 June, 2019

Conference: 17-19 June, 2019


Campus map to the Graham Hills Building


Registration for local library tours and the Glengoyne Distillery tour is now available!

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Strathclyde iSchool

Graham Hills Building, 50 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QE


Conference Theme: "Using evidence in times of uncertainty"


In an era of library de-funding, calls for accountability, fake news, and complex information environments, evidence is becoming more important. This inclusive conference theme will address encourage evidence based practitioners and researchers to think about what evidence is, how we collect it, and how we use it in these uncertain times.


Please follow us on Twitter @ConfEblip and post using #EBLIP10.


Contact the conference chairs at eblip10conference@gmail.com.


#EBLIP10 Sponsors:


Key dates:

  • 16 June 2019 - Pre-conference workshops

  • 17-19 June 2019 - #EBLIP10 main conference!


#EBLIP10 Committee Chairs

Dr Diane Rasmussen Pennington, Local Organising Committee Co-Chair

Dr Rebekah (Becky) Willson, Local Organising Committee Co-Chair

Prof Alison Brettle, International Programme Committee Chair