in the 18th Serbian Library Association Conference



Kragujevac, 14‒16 December 2021

The Serbian Library Association (SLA), with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and the Public Library “Vuk Karadžić” in Kragujevac, announces a call for papers, panel sessions topics, and participation in the 18th SLA Conference, which will be organized as a hybrid event, both with the physical and the online audience, in Kragujevac from 14 to 16 December 2021.

The theme of this year’s conference is Beyond 2020: New Opportunities and Perspectives


By organizing the 18th annual international conference Beyond 2020: New Opportunities and Perspectives, the Serbian Library Association tries to support, reinforce, and expand the perspectives of the experts work in the library and information field. In this regard, the organization of the annual conference is an important condition for the continuation of regular contacts, exchange of ideas, and presentation of innovative activities and projects that have been implemented in the previous period or are ongoing.

The Conference objective is to support the employees and experts in the field of culture, cultural heritage, contemporary creativity, and the creative industries in expanding the range of products and services that can respond to the challenges and crises in the new context of work, practical implementation, and concrete application. The Conference is open to sharing practical information, examples of good practice, and successful projects that will improve the existing services by responding to unanticipated changes, different user needs, or constraints caused by factors beyond the influence of cultural institutions and workers. In that sense, the 18th SLA Conference encourages creative approaches in proposing possible topics for papers, presentations, and panel sessions, which escape traditional thinking frameworks.


            The organizers invite interested authors to submit abstracts providing examples of innovative practice within one or more proposed subtopics of this year’s conference. All accepted papers will be arranged in the Conference sessions:

  • Partnerships: cooperation with creative industries and private initiative in culture; cultural tourism; media partnerships and presence in online media; development of hybrid networks and intersectoral collaboration; social innovations and culture.
  • Online users and audience: online user profiles and user needs; analysis and the statistics related to online users and audience; visibility of library services, collections, and programs on the internet; information and media literacy; social networks.
  • Virtual services: e-books in libraries; mobile applications; internet-based informal learning (MOOC, online seminars, webinars, educational platforms, etc.).
  • New spaces: infrastructure in the context of change and adaptation; services and programs outside the walls; relocated library spaces.
  • Sustainable development: library actions for sustainable development; ecology and culture; green libraries.
  • Strategic planning: strategic management in libraries; crisis management; funds and budgets; advocating strategic goals.


The Conference will include working sessions, a panel session, an invited lecture, a practical workshop, and presentations by software companies.

Authors of accepted papers will have 10 minutes for short presentations, while panel sessions will last up to 90 minutes.

SLA encourages the use of PowerPoint presentations, audio-visual content, Pecha Kucha, screen mirroring presentations like Smart View, and other interactive dynamic ways to present ideas in 10 minutes.

The panel session will enable a dialogue between the panellists and the audience during a period of up to 90 minutes. The proposals for panel sessions are submitted with a working title, an explanation of the topic for discussion, and a list of panellists.

The languages of the Conference are Serbian and English, with simultaneous translation provided.

All interested authors are invited to submit abstracts limited to 300 words both in Serbian and English, with contact information, professional affiliation, and information on the format (whether it is a short paper or a proposal for a panel session) to the email no later than 5 November 2021.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 20 November 2021.

Abstracts of accepted short papers and panel sessions will be published in Serbian and English on the Conference website by 5 December 2021.

Proceedings of peer-reviewed Conference papers will be published in 2022.


Registration for the Conference will be available on the Conference website from 8 November 2021. Conference participants do not pay the registration fee.

Conference participants cover the travel expenses and other costs of participation.


First call: 17 September 2021

Second call: 15 October 2021

Abstract submission deadline:5 November 2021

Notification of acceptance: 20 November 2021

Conference registration: from1 November 2021

Conference days: 14-16 December 2021

Proceedings: 2022


             The organizers of the Conference took into account the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic in Serbia, the region, and the world, adjusting the format of the conference to the objective possibilities of its realization. The realization of the Conference in the physical form will be conditioned by the current epidemiological measures issued by the competent health institutionsof the Republic of Serbia. All Conference participants should obey public health measures, which will be published in a timely manner on the Conference website.

Detailed information can be found on the Conference website

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