INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of University Librarians Association - ICULA 2019

18 September 2019, Mount Lavinia Hotel Colombo


Main Theme of the Conference 2019

Reinvigorating Libraries : Smart Responsiveness for Sustainability

With the mass generation of data, information storage and maintenance concerns have amplified the skillset defined by the term librarianship. Hence, a revitalization of knowledge is required to satisfactorily fulfill this role.
Currently, libraries are defined by the value of the information they hold as opposed to the amount of information as assessed in the past. In the sense of the value of information, the quality, timeliness, accuracy, validity, stability, and accessibility are only a few features to name some. Hence, libraries are faced with the challenge to present information that has quality over quantity. Users approach libraries with specific requirements rather than a general purpose. In the case of the unavailability of their required materials, users tend to leave the premise instead of garnering contents from alternative resources in that library. So, in order to retain readers and render useful services, it is the prime duty of the professional librarians to accumulate a vivid knowledge on their reader base, the target's requisites and upgrade the quality of not only the information content but also the library premise that serves as a platform of information for self-directed learning.
With the above understanding of the need for enhancement in the field of librarianship, the University Librarians' Association of Sri Lanka will be proudly organizing a two-day International Conference on “Reinvigorating Libraries: Smart Responsiveness for Sustainability”.

Objectives of the Conference

The main focal attention will be directed toward the library and information science professionals and educationalists within the library and information science arena. Key areas of interest will be, but not limited to, transforming libraries for future sustainability, optimizing the role of the professional librarian to better contribute towards user-oriented library services and research on information quality acquisition and improvement for library resources. Ideas, innovations, implementations, and proof of concepts will be encouraged by authors in the form of papers. Selected papers' authors will be invited for the Oral / Virtual presentation of their paper.

Expected Outcomes of the Conference
  • A major outcome from this International Conference will be an evaluation of the current state of the Libraries with the evolving trend of Information Technology.
  • Gathering a pool of academic professionals to share and discuss concepts, breakthroughs, and elucidation that will positively reinforce the functionality of libraries.
  • Provide a platform for researchers to present and findings related to the conference theme and engage in conversations will fellow academicians on the related area of work.
  • Create a flexible space for service marketing of sponsoring institution.
We invite paper submissions of
  • Future-oriented thought-pieces arising out of current research
  • Research papers presenting theoretical solutions, with a clear illustration of how these solutions can be applied
  • Positions & opinions on some aspect of practice
  • Work-in-progress initiatives or pilot descriptions, sufficiently mature to warrant attention
  • Experiences and case studies specifying requirements, challenges or opportunities
  • Best practices
Important Dates
Deadline for Submission

Extended Abstract Submission Opens
16 January 2019
Deadline for Submission of Extended Abstracts
31 May 2019
Author Notification of Acceptance
21 June 2019
Deadline for Full Paper Submission
31 May 2019
Deadline for submitting Camera Ready Version
19 July 2019
Deadline for the Registration of Presenting Author
01 August 2019
Registration Starts
10 July 2019 
End of the Early Bird Registration
16 August 2019
Conference Dates
18 September 2019

ULA Council Key Roles 2018/19 


Dr. C. C. Jayasundara
+94 11 2911918 | +94 714878800

General Secretary

Ms. U. D. Hiruni Kanchana
+94 710219371 | +94 718052258 |

Conference Committee

Co-Chair (Overall Organization)

Mr. W. J. Jeyaraj
Mobile : +94713412206

Co-Chair (Publication)

Mr. C. N. D Punchhewa
Mobile : +94716800581

Co-Chair (International Collaborations)

Dr. T. Pratheepan
Mobile : +94778436572

Professional Assistance

Mr. B. Prashanthan
Mobile : +94771388264

Editorial Assistance

Ms. M P Rajapaksha
Mobile: +94771388264

Chief Guest


Her Excellency Robina P. Marks
South African High Commissioner for Sri Lanka

Keynote Speaker 1


Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe
Senior Professor of English

University of Kelaniya 

Keynote Speaker 2


Prof. Susirith Mendis
Senior Professor of Physiology,
Director, Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine,
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka 


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ICULA 2019 | Mount Lavinia Hotel Colombo