What are librarians up to these days? QQML is coming to Florence

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If you thought that for this month the EUI could enjoy the post-State-of-the-Union peace, think again. 250 information science academics and librarians from all over the world are coming here!

From 28 May to 1 June the Badia Fiesolana is hosting one of the most creative and hectic conferences in the library world: the 11th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2019). QQML acts under the umbrella of International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology and is dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of qualitative and quantitative methods in libraries, museums and archives. It welcomes people from 58 countries and 5 continents.

If you are wondering what this is all about – and what your librarians are up to these days, these are the themes covered in this year’s sessions:

1. Digital Humanities, Public Humanities

2. Synergies and common services of cultural heritage organisations

3. Application of innovative ideas

4. Best practices

5. Information and knowledge production and networking

6. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning

7. Big Data, data mining, visualization, data science

8. Learning analytics, data collection, curation

9. Open science, research communication

10. Open access and scholarly communication models (OA collection development, acquisition models etc.)

11. Library as publisher (post publication peer review, predatory journals)

12. Usability testing

13. Information literacy

14. Social impact of libraries (fake news, social inclusion, etc.)

15. Ethics

16. Preparing libraries for tomorrow: 21st century skills

17. Management and marketing

18. Library and information science, education and research

19. Qualitative and quantitative methods in libraries, museums, archives and information centres

20. Metrics research (Altmetrics, bibliometrics, cybermetrics, scientometrics, webometrics)

21. Tools for organizational performance measurement.