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Library and Information Services in Astronomy – LISA VII:

Open Science – at the Frontiers of Librarianship

hosted by the Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), Naples, Italy, June 17-20, 2014

In a rapidly changing scientific information environment,astronomy has been a forerunner. Astronomy libraries have adapted and responded with innovative services to meet the demands of this environment; Big Data, Open Science, are among the many challenges and opportunities that astronomy librarians face as they look ahead to the future.

Come join us!

The LISA VII Scientific Organizing Committee cordially invites you to submit contributed talks and poster presentations. Papers are solicited in particular, but not exclusively, on the following topics:

Data librarianship; Research data curation and preservation

  • Training to become a data librarian or incorporate data librarianship into your work
  • Librarians, astronomers, IT specialists: working together
  • Big data, future of data, catalogs
  • Data citation

The future of libraries and librarianship


  • New roles for librarians
  • LISA: future directions for astronomy librarianship
  • Future of scholarly communication

Metrics and visualizations

  • Altmetrics
  • Telescope bibliographies
  • Metrics based on ADS?
  • Author ID challenges (ORCID)

Preservation of astronomical heritage

  • Science and Culture
  • Archives
  • When the past becomes the future: where will our print collections be in 2050?

Open Access and Open Science

  • arXiv, Zenodo, FORCE11, …

Use and access of astronomical literature

  • Hacking the Interface to Information
  • The future of library instruction

Journals and E-Books: the present and beyond

  • How to buy an e-book: mission impossible?
  • Electronic editions decoupled from the printed?
  • Enhanced journals
  • Future of publications: beyond the PDF?
  • Scientific content on devices (tablets, phones, e-readers, what’s next?)

Virtual communities

  • Library spaces reimagined
  • Virtual and e-only libraries
  • New modes of outreach and work in a digital world

Tools, techniques, and skills – know-how for astronomy librarians

  • Special session – Librarians teaching other librarians – bring your skills and curiosity!

The conference Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Chris Lintott, University of Oxford, famous for making astronomy more accessible through projects like Zooniverse, and his advocacy for Open Access initiatives.

Please submit your abstract with the form below.

Abstract Submission Form

Submission deadline will be 30 November, 2013.

Please note that the SOC cannot guarantee that all submitted papers will be accepted and that it reserves the right to request that a proposed oral presentation be presented as a poster paper or vice versa. Notifications regarding accepted papers will be made no later than 15 January, 2014.

The official LISA VII website is located at

Information about previous LISA conferences can be found at

If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact:

Eva and Andras
Co-chairs, LISA VII SOC

Eva Isaksson
Helsinki University Library, Finland
Andras Holl,
Konkoly Observatory, Hungary
Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences