[Air-L] CfP: COVID vs. Digital Libraries

Mihály Héder hedermisi at gmail.com
Tue Feb 2 06:31:42 PST 2021

Dear All, please consider

CALL FOR PAPERS for our Special Issue on
*Impact of COVID-19 in Digital Libraries and E-books*

The journal *InfTars* (In Hungarian: Információs Társadalom, meaning
“Information Society”), ISSN: 1587-8694, established in 2001, aims to
provide a venue for research and discussion of the theories and
applications of Information Society Studies. Among others, *Web of Science
Social Sciences Citation Index* (*SSCI*) and *Scopus* indexes the journal.
The journal is fully Open Access, the authors retain the copyright under
Creative Commons 4.0 BY-NC-SA. There are no fees of any kind for authors.

Article Submission Due

*25th March, 2021 *

Author Notification

*30th April, 2021 *

Revised Article Due

*30th May, 2021 *

Final Notification

*27th June, 2021 *


*InfTars 2021/4 *

*Submission info*: https://inftars.infonia.hu/submit.php

The impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) is not only an overwhelming challenge
to global health workers, but it harms individuals of humankind. As the
world responds to this global pandemic with numerous preventive measures,
most of the governments around the globe have temporarily closed schools
and colleges for the welfare of the nation. These circumstances encourage
the transition from traditional learning methodologies to distance learning
paradigms. In response to the transition measures, students and teachers
across the world have started focusing on E-books and e-learning standards.
As a result, all around the globe, virtual libraries find themselves in the
lead role of making this transition happen, with an unprecedented need for
digital resources and knowledge sharing facilities. Perhaps the crisis of
COVID-19 provides the critical mass to digital libraries, creating the
potential for tremendous advantages. One of those is that digital libraries
may be transformed from a merely technically enhanced source of knowledge
to a more distinct public good. In more precise terms, for the time being,
it has become the only source of knowledge to promote human development.

Looking forward, it is undoubtful that the growth of the digital library
will be of exponential rate in the coming years. Also, it is predicted that
this growth will be further facilitated by the increased explosion of
global trends such as smartphone penetration, personal computers, and
several other information and communication technology-related reading
devices. Additionally, it offers an effective learning environment
worldwide and forms an active part of sustainable development in education
and technology. Despite the advantages, there is a possibility that the
digital library platforms are subject to various security and privacy
threats with an increasing number of digital users. Also, this rapid
proliferation of E-learning methodologies will loom large over every aspect
of technology and innovation at digital libraries. With an intent to
explore the implications of COVID-19 (both pros & cons) over digital
libraries & E-books and to find required solutions and advancements, we
call for this special issue. We welcome researchers and practitioners from
various disciplines to bring novel and innovative solutions to tackle the
impacts of COVID-19 over digital libraries and E-books.

List of topics for the special issue include but not limited to the


   The impact of COVID-19 over information management in digital libraries

   The impact of COVID-19 over digital library from a technological

   The impact of COVID-19 over the digital libraries in terms of security
   and privacy concerns

   The impact of COVID-19 over the digital library in terms of legal and
   regulatory policies

   The innovations in information management to tackle the effects of

   The impact of COVID-19 over social interactions and community
   development in digital libraries

   Emerging agenda for digital library & E-books in terms of information

   Advances in information and communication technology to tackle the
   effects of COVID-19 over the digital library

   Advances in knowledge management for digital library

   Advances in information design and delivery services to meet the
   increasing demands of digital library

   Effective ways to collect, store, and disseminate information across
   digital libraries to meet the needs of growing users

*Guest Editors*

*Dr. Seifedine Kadry*

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

*Beirut Arab University - Beirut Campus*

Tarik El Jadida, Beirut, Lebanon

*s.kadry at bau.edu.lb <s.kadry at bau.edu.lb> *



*Dr. Yu-Dong Zhang (Eugene) *

Professor, Department of Informatics,

*University of Leicester*,

University Road,

Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

*yz461 at le.ac.uk <yz461 at le.ac.uk> *



*Dr. Shuai Li *

Assistant Professor – Research,

Department of Computing,

*The Hong Kong Polytechnic University*,

Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

*shuaili at polyu.edu.hk <shuaili at polyu.edu.hk> *



*Dr. Laszlo Z. Karvalics *

Associate Professor

*University of Szeged *

Faculty of Arts

Department of Cultural Heritage and Human Information Science.

Senior Researcher, *Institute of Advanced Studies, Kőszeg*.




Mihály Héder

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