Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference

May. 22, - May. 25, 2012
Location: Limerick, Ireland.,


 It is our great pleasure to announce the 4th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2012) at 22 - 25 May 2012, Limerick, Ireland.

Since 2009 QQML has provided an excellent framework for the presentation of new trends and developments in every aspect of Library and Information Science, Technology, Applications and Research.

The 4th QQML2012 was scheduled during the previous 3rd QQML2011 Conference. It was also decided that the 5th QQML 2013 International Conference will be organized in Rome, Italy.

QQML2009, QQML2010 and QQML2011 were successful events both from the number and quality of the presentations and from the post conference publications in Journals and Books.

QQML2012 will continue and expand the related topics.

Papers are invited for this international conference. The conference will consider, but not be limited to, the following indicative themes:

Advocacy, networking and influencing: methodologies for building the evidence base in library and information services (LIS)

Balanced Scorecard tools in libraries 

Change of Libraries and the Managerial Techniques
Conceptual and Organizational Perspectives of Knowledge Communication, 
Copyright and licensing

Data mining

Development and Assessment of Digital Repositories   
Development of new metrics

Digital archives

Digital preservation

Distance learning and the role of the library

E-Learning and the contribution of the libraries, archives and museums 


Electronic publishing

Financial Management for Excellence
Human resources management
Information and Knowledge Services 
Information literacy: Information sharing, Democracy and lifelong learning 
Information retrieval

Innovative management

Institutional repositories
Intercultural management
Knowledge Based Systems and their Applications  
Knowledge  management concept and technology,
Knowledge mining

Libraries and shared services
Library Cooperation: Problems and Challenges at the beginning of the 21st century 
Library management and marketing

Library statistics

Measuring information literacy effectiveness

Metadata creation

New means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content


Open Access and Open Source

Operational information systems 

Performance Measurement and Competitiveness 
Publishing Models, Processes and Systems 
Qualitative and Quantitative methodologies

Re-engineering change in higher education
Resource development policy
Scholarly Information and the new communication technologies


Semantics Web


Strategic management
Team building and management

Technology in the Communication: an interactive tool for development 
Technology transfer and Innovation in library management
Theoretical models of information media

User education

Special Sessions – Workshops

You may send proposals for Special Sessions (4-6 papers) or Workshops (more than 2 sessions) including the title and a brief description at:  secretariat@isast.org or from the electronic submission at the web page: http://www.isast.org/abstractpaperregister.html  

You may also send Abstracts/Papers to be included in the following sessions, to new sessions or as contributed papers at the web page:http://www.isast.org/abstractpaperregister.html  

Contributions may be realized through one of the following ways

a. structured abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) and presentation;

b. full papers (not exceeding 7,000 words);

c. posters (not exceeding 2,500 words);

d. visual presentations (Pecha kucha). These presentations consist of exactly 20 slides, each of which is displayed for 20 seconds.  Total presentation time is precisely 6 minutes 40 seconds and so it is important to use the transition feature in PowerPoint to time your presentation exactly.


In all the above cases at least one of the authors ought to be registered in the conference. Abstracts and full papers should be submitted electronically within the timetable provided in the web page: http://www.isast.org/importantdates.html
The abstracts and full papers should be in compliance to the author guidelines: http://www.isast.org/abstractpaperregister.html  

All abstracts will be published in the Conference Book of Abstracts and in the website of the Conference. The papers of the conference will be published in the website of the conference, after the permission of the author(s).

Student submissions

The Conference offers Postgraduate students and PhD Candidates a Competition opportunity. Students who submit to the conference could take part to the competition, by submitting only one paper to the competition. Students who enter to the competition have to participate to the conference and register before.

The papers will be judged by a scientific committee on the significance of the research theme, the research methodology, the description of the results and the organization of the presentation.

Professors and Supervisors are encouraged to organize conference sessions of Postgraduate theses and dissertations.

Please direct any questions regarding the QQML 2012 Conference and Student Research Competition to: the secretariat of the conference at: secretariat@isast.org  

On behalf of the Conference Committee

Dr. Anthi Katsirikou, Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library Director
Head, European Documentation Center
Board Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals



Jerald Cavanagh BSc Econ, MSc, MA, Local Committee Co-Chair
Institute Librarian 
Limerick Institute of Technology 
Limerick, Rep of Ireland

e-Mail:  jerald.cavanagh@lit.ie


Padraig Kirby BA (Hons) HdipLIS, Local Committee Co-Chair

Acting Senior Library Assistant

The Library

Limerick Institute of Technology

Moylish Park

Limerick, Republic of Ireland