International Symposium 2018

Emerging Trends in Education and Library & Information Science

which covers the theme of ‘Re-Engineering Libraries to Align with Transitioning Educational & Technological Paradigms’

09 - 10 August 2018

For the first time in the history of the Sri Lankan University Libraries, the Library Network of the Eastern University, Sri Lanka
proudly steps into a new milestone

Librarianship as a profession has surpassed the conventional definitions and has emerged over time. It has now vastly branched out into Omni various categorical specializations such as management, knowledge management, research librarianship and electronic resources management. The advancement of technology and the need for big data management that has shifted from a single-source-information generation to an all-source-information generation paradigm has brought about the need for enhancements and developmental research to be carried out in the way data is managed and in overall the way in which libraries are managed.
Bearing in mind these augmentations, the Library Network intends organizing a Two day International Symposium on ‘Emerging Trends in Education and Library Information Science’ – 2018.
The International Symposium deliberates to concentrate library and information science professionals, academicians and educationalists in the field of library and information science to generate a milieu to confer the requisite to transmute the libraries, roles being played by the library professionals in innovating the libraries and to discourse the trials being faced by libraries in transforming the libraries by presenting papers, discussions, exchange of views and sharing experiences.

Thematic Areas and Tracks

  • Curriculum Development & Planning
  • Innovative Teaching Learning Strategies
  • Knowledge Retrieval Methods
  • Ethics & Professionalism
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Teaching & Learning Skills
  • LIS Pedagogies
  • Quality Assurance and Accreditation of LIS Programme
  • University Libraries And Copy Right Laws
  • Information Literacy in Higher Education

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Chutima Sacchanand
Prof. Chutima Sacchanand
Professor Dr. Chutima Sacchanand
Full professor and founder of the Ph.D. Program in Information Science, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University
President of the Thai Library Association
Distinguished member of the Education Council of Thailand

Invited Speakers

Dr. (Mrs.) Pradeepa Wijetunge
Dr. (Mrs.) Pradeepa Wijetunge
Lead Country Co-ordinator / INASP
Co-ordinator - Consortium of Sri Lankan Academic Libraries
Librarian, University of Colombo
Dr. (Mrs.) Wathmanel Seneviratne
Dr. (Mrs.) Wathmanel Seneviratne
Asia and Oceania Regional Section (RSCAO) of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Librarian, Open University of Sri Lanka

Inaugural Session

Patron of the Symposium
Prof. T. Jayasingam
Prof. T. Jayasingam

Vice Chancellor,
Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Chief Guest of the Symposium
Prof. W. A. Weerasooriya
Prof. W. A. Weerasooriya
Professor in Library & Information Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Guests of Honour
Prof. W. K. M. M. K. Weerasinghe
Prof. W. K. M. M. K. Weerasinghe
Professor in Library & Information Science,
University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Dr. R. Balasubramani
Dr. R. Balasubramani
Asst. Professor - Senior Grade
Library & Information Science,
Bharathidasan University,
Trichirapalli. South India.
Special Guests
Dr. K. E. Karunakaran
Dr. K. E. Karunakaran
Deputy Vice Chancellor,
Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Dr. V.Kanagasingam
Dr. V.Kanagasingam
Rector, Trincomalee Campus
Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Dr. S.Jeyasankar
Dr. S.Jeyasankar
Director, Swami Vipulanandha Institute of Aesthetic Studies
Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Retired Librarian
Eastern University, Sri Lanka

Valedictory Session

Dr. (Mrs) Nayana Wijayasundara
Dr. (Mrs) Nayana Wijayasundara
University Librarians Associations of Sri Lanka.
University of Sri Jayawardenepura. Sri Lanka.
Ms. S. Arulanantham
Ms. S. Arulanantham
President, Sri Lanka Library Association
Director, Knowledge Stimulation Center
Founder,Foundation for Library Awareness
Librarian, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Important Dates:

Extended Abstracts – 26 April 2018 21 May 2018

Notification of Acceptance – 22 May 2018  01 June 2018

Full Paper Submission – 10 June 2018

Camera Ready Version – 25 June 2018

Dates of Symposium - 09 – 10 August 2018

Submission of Paper

  • Authors are advised to send their manuscript as an extended abstract or full papers.
  • One author may submit more than one manuscript.
  • The manuscript should contain previously unpublished or unreported observations in English.
  • Authors should adhere to the guidelines given below to prepare their manuscripts.
  • Submission of manuscripts should be sent to the secretary of the symposium via email (                                

Contributors should adhere to the guidelines to prepare their manuscripts.

Acceptance of Paper

All submitted manuscripts will be subject to a double-blind peer review by a panel of experts. Manuscripts will also be subject to an anti-plagiarism check, thus any paper that infringe the intellectual property rights will be rejected. The final decision of the presentation style (Oral/Poster) is made by the editorial committee, and your understanding and corporation are highly appreciated.
The Proceedings will be released on the first day of the Symposium and further procedures will be carried out to make it available on IEEE Xplore Digital Library.


Presenters and Primary Authors (in case if the primary author is not the presenter) are kindly advised to register before the 30th of June, 2018to ensure the publication of their manuscripts.
No paper will be published unless the full registration fee is paid before the deadline.
Once the paper has been accepted and confirmed for publishing, cancellations cannot be made. That means NO refund of registration fee is available regardless the reason.
Duly filled registration form should be emailed to the Secretary, LibSym2018 ( This form will be available on the web soon.

Registration Fee



Sri Lankan Presenters

International Presenters

Oral Presenters


$ 60

Poster Presenters

Mode of payment

Registrants are requested to credit the registration fee in favour of the Bursar, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.

Bank name         : Peoples Bank, Chenkalady, 
Account name   : Bursar, Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Account no         : 227100140000024
Swift code          : PSBKLKLX

Guideline for Authors

All submitted manuscripts must be original work that is not under consideration at another conference/journal/book/or publication in any other form.
Authors must follow the instructions and format outlined below while submitting their manuscript:   
  • Title: Title of the paper should explicitly indicate the focus of the research work.  The title needs to be less than 20 words and in Title case. Names of the authors, affiliation, and email should follow the title. The presenting author’s name should be underlined. 
  • Abstract: Abstract should be informative and not more than 250 words.
  •  Keywords: There should be a maximum of 6 keywords, of which at least three significant subject indicative keywords should be provided.
  • Extended abstract/full paper: For extended abstracts: length of the extended abstract should be between 750-1000 words (not more than 3 pages of an A4 size paper).
For full papers: Maximum length of the manuscript should be between 2500-3000 words (not more than 7 pages of an A4 size paper). These word counts are for the main content of the manuscript excluding the title, author affiliation, abstract and list of reference.
  • Style:
    The paper should be in MS-Word format with font type – Times New Roman, font size –12 pts, and line space – 1.5.
  • Medium of Manuscripts:
    The manuscripts can be accepted in English.
  • Referencing Style:
    Authors are advised to strictly adhere to APA (American Psychological Association) 6th edition style for both in-text citation and reference list.
Examples for Reference styles as per APA 6th edition
Gregory, G., & Parry, T. (2006). Designing brain-compatible learning(3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Chapter of a Book:
Bergquist, J. M. (1992). German Americans. In J. D. Buenker& L. A. Ratner (Eds.), Multiculturalism in the United States: A comparative guide to acculturation and ethnicity (pp. 53-76). New York, NY: Greenwood.
Journal Article with DOI:
Paivio, A. (1975). Perceptual comparisons through the mind's eye. Memory & Cognition, 3,635-647. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225 
Journal Article without DOI
Becker, L. J., & Seligman, C. (1981). Welcome to the energy crisis. Journal of Social Issues, 37 (2), 1-7
Online Report:
Kenney, G. M., Cook, A., & Pelletier, J. (2009).Prospects for reducing uninsured rates among children: How much can premium assistance programs help? Retrieved from Urban Institute website:


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