Call for papers

Issue 35 (December 2015)
Focus on: Education and Research
Coordinator: Ernest Abadal
Deadline for submissions: June 30
Authors guidelines:

Challenges for Library and Information Science (LIS) education and research
The Escola Superior de Bibliotecàries (School of Librarians) was created in 1915 to train the staff of the public libraries that were to open in Catalonia from 1918 onwards. Initially, training focused on library organization and printed books as the standard document type.
In 1931, Charles C. Williamson published “The place of research in library service” in the first issue of Library Quarterly – one of the first papers on research in our discipline. It described the characteristics of research in Library and Information Science (LIS) and tried to explain why there was so little research at the time.
Great progress has been made since then, both in education and research. The time that has passed offers us the chance to take stock on the current challenges for LIS education and research. Indeed, this is the goal of the proposed special issue of the BiD journal, and of the Third International Seminar on LIS Education and Research ( organized to mark the centenary of the Escola Superior de Bibliotecàries.
In broad terms, some of the issues to be looked at in terms of education are:
- What are the current problems and what changes need to be made to courses to meet current needs?
- What kind of new teaching methods need to be introduced?
- Which bachelor’s and master’s degree courses should be offered?
- What skills do LIS professionals need?
- How can the courses be made more attractive to high-school graduates?
- How will MOOCs affect the university courses offered?
And in terms of research:
- What are the current issues and methods in LIS?
- Which disciplines are collaborated with most?
- What impact does research have in the profession?
- What kind of transfer takes place and in which sectors?


Issue 34 (June 2015)
Focus on: data
Coordinator: Julià Minguillón
Deadline for reception of originals: 30 November 2014
Authors guidelines:

“Data is the new oil,” said Clive Humby, a mathematician who helped with the Tesco customer loyalty card system. “Data is the new soil,” corrected David McCandless, journalist, designer and expert in data visualization. You cannot talk about the Information and Knowledge Society without mentioning the raw material: data. It has been said that someone living in the middle ages could not fill a newspaper with all the events that happened during their lifetime; whereas now we are surrounded by data. Indeed, we ourselves are an important source of data, feeding all sorts of administrative and corporate processes. Thanks to the rise of the web 2.0 and social networks and the widespread use of mobile devices we can track the daily activities of people, sensors, services or processes on a minute scale. The current technological capacity to store and retrieve these huge amounts of data is virtually infinite, but the same cannot be said for our capacity to process and analyse them or extract knowledge.

This issue of BiD includes a series of rigorous studies of each of the stages of the data lifecycle, from the capture and preprocessing to the description, publication and preservation, and finally the analysis and visualization from the dual perspective of Open Data and Big Data.

BiD has opened a call for original papers in the following areas:

  • Aspects related to the management and preservation of massive datasets (Data Curation)
  • Open data portals and repositories
  • Technological challenges for managing massive datasets
  • Transparency and open government: data as a driver for better democracy
  • Sharing scientific data: finding new synergies and reducing scientific misconduct
  • Ethical and legal aspects related to the use of open data
  • Data journalism: fact-based story-telling
  • Industry experience in the use of scenarios based on open data: education, e-commerce, health, etc.
  • Citizen initiatives as drivers of change in society based on the use of open data
  • From infographics to interactive visualizations: data as search interface
  • Basic skills for data scientists, the profile of future 21st-century citizens?
Issue 33 (Decembre 2014)
Focus on: audiovisual content
Coordinator: Javier Guallar
Deadline for reception of originals: 31 May 2014
Authors guidelines:
In the current information and communication scenario, audiovisual content has achieved prominence. Audiovisual creations, productions and information in different contexts --TV, movies, Internet ...- represent a prolific field of interest today, both from professional and academic viewpoints. This planned issue of the journal BiD aims to present a vision --based on rigorous studies-- concerning the audiovisual sector and related questions such as the use, management, creation, preservation and dissemination of audiovisual content.

BiD is making an appeal for original works that address, among other topics, the following:

- Theoretical analysis of the characteristics of audiovisual information.
- Methods and processes of management, use or dissemination of audiovisual content.
- Professional experience with the use, management and dissemination of audiovisual content.
- Audiovisual material from television broadcasting.
- Audiovisual material from cinema.
- Audiovisual material available on the internet.
- Sound and graphic documentation.
- Digitization of audiovisual archives.
- Preservation of audiovisual content.
- Economic analysis of the audiovisual industry.
- Training for audiovisual professionals.

Those interested in contributing articles should follow the instructions for authors ( and send the proposed texts by 31 May 2014.
Issue 32 (June 2014)
Focus on: the profession and training
Coordinators: Virginia Ortiz-Repiso and Ana Reyes
Deadline for reception of originals: 15 January 2014
Authors guidelines:

The UOC Information and Communication Sciences Department has been co-editor of the BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentació ( journal since last June. The journal was first published 15 years ago by the former College of Librarians, what is now the Faculty of Library and Information Sciences, at the University of Barcelona.

We would like to take advantage of this call for papers to let you know about the upcoming issue 32 and encourage you to send in your proposals.

Issue 32 of BiD (June 2014) will focus on the profession and training, in their widest senses. The guest editors for this issue will be doctors Virginia Ortiz-Repiso and Ana Reyes, both members of faculty in the Library and Documentation Sciences Department of Carlos III University, Madrid.

The profession is undergoing constant change due, fundamentally, to the evolution of technologies that bring with them new tasks and new services. Analysis, assessment and re-assessment of the training received by information specialists is nothing new; indeed, it is vital that it be carried out periodically to detect weaknesses and opportunities. This monographic issue will look to analyse the current situation and the future prospects for the profession.

BiD has opened a call for original works for this issue in the following areas, among others:
- University training of professionals for different types of libraries.
- New professional profiles: why and for whom.
- Adapting the course offering to the requirements of professional profiles.
- Who are the employers at a time of crisis?
- Lack of awareness of Information and Documentation Sciences degree courses: reasons and solutions.
- Interdisciplinary nature of Library and Documentation Sciences curriculums: bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
- Master’s degree student profiles: better, worse or just different.
- Analysis of course offerings: bachelor’s and master’s degrees and specialization courses.
- Visibility and social standing of courses and the profession.
- Competencies, professional development and the job market.
- Researcher training: master’s and doctoral degrees.
- The demand for the profession at a time of crisis.
- Uncertified professionals working in all or almost all sectors of information and communication.

Those interested in writing for the journal should follow the guidelines for authors ( and send in their proposed texts by 15 January 2014.