The 8th International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society (ICoLIS) 2021 was recently organized by the Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya and the University of Malaya Library on 18th – 19th August 2021. The conference is held once in every two years with the objectives as follows:
- Provide opportunities for sharing and discussion of the current status, trends, research, directions, issues and challenges on the role of information in developing a learning society
- Explore ways and reality-based scenarios in developing new models for the development of an information literate society
- Examine issues related to consolidating technology, information resources, knowledge and skills into strategic competencies in order to strengthen the role of information use in a learning society
- Foster cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders, challenge, debate, learn and optimize the contribution of scholarly research, innovative programs and strategies of information literacy.
The theme for this year is Reimagining libraries for a post pandemic world. Over 100 participants from Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran, Bangladesh and Pakistan attended the virtual conference. Three distinguished speakers delivered their keynote speeches: i) YBhg. Dr. Rashidah Bolhassan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development, Sarawak State, Malaysia; ii) Barbara Lison, President-Elect IFLA and Director of the Bremen Public Library, Germany; and iii) Prof. Dr. Cassidy Sugimoto, Indiana University, United State. A total of 15 papers was presented and the winners of the Tik Tok competition were also announced.