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Eurasian Academic Libraries Conference - 2020: About conference

About the Conference

The 9th Eurasian Academic Libraries Conference (EALC 2020) is an annual library conference attached to the Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum (EHELF) and discussing current issues and trends in library and information services. Formerly, it is also called Library Connect (2011-2018), International Conference on Emerging Global Trends in University Library Development (ICEGTULD - 2019).


  • Increase awareness about emerging trends and development in librarianship,
  • Advance professional networks and international cooperation,
  • Inspire research ideas,
  • Introduce international experts,
  • Ensure constructive exchange of information, best practices, and lessons,
  • Establish conversation between researchers and practitioners, 
  • Expose to the diversity of libraries issues and solutions,
  • Enable to modify actions.


This year, the theme is “Alive to Changes: Engage. Embrace. Ensure”. In the past years, libraries have undergone a significant number of changes to become an important asset of the academic community and provide excellent services, exceptional resources, and a sufficient environment. The rapid development opens new opportunities and different challenges that libraries consciously anticipate. The professionals take proactive steps to support the patrons in the evolving world of the academy.

Engage. Cultivate partnerships within Universities, communities, and societies. Building collaboration and involvement which empower patrons to be future-ready. Understand users’ needs


  • Impact on individuals, communities, societies
  • Leadership, Responses to global and national challenges

Paper expectations: Outreach, UX, Customers research, Advance service & scope, Projects, Partnership, Smart Libraries. Critical thinking, MIL

Embrace. Gear up for new trends, rapidly embrace technologies, learning and research infrastructure


  • Foster Open Science
  • Data Management
  • Digital Transformation

Paper expectations: Smart Libraries, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Digital Humanities, Bibliometrics/Scientometrics, archives, e-resources: management, promotion, digitization, open access, online academic publishing.

Ensure. Professional learning to broader understands the skills that comprise the success of libraries in the future. Environmental-friendly by using smart technologies - a role model to guarantee future sustainable development


  • Green Libraries
  • Professional Development and research
  • Impact on individuals, communities, societies

Paper expectations: Leadership, Responses to global and national challenges, Footprints, success, and failures - towards a vibrant future, Getting onboard, new generation librarians, Sustainability, library environment, Smart Libraries.

Conference Logo

The conference logo is a composition of several parts. They are:
a) Abbreviations of the name of the conference - “EALC” (Eurasian Academic Libraries Conference) with the date and venue (Nur-Sultan is the capital of Kazakhstan);
b) Panorama view of Nur-Sultan City is above the abbreviation of the conference name;
c) Symbol of the unity of Europe and Asia, depicted in the form of two oval figures, under the Shanyrak is on the left side. Shanyrak is round shape that depicts the ceiling of a yurt, which for Kazakh people is a symbol of a home, the unity of the earthly and the sublime, a heirloom. The colors of the logo are from the Nazarbayev University corporate palette. The burgundy color symbolizes dignity, strength, and solidarity; green is for hope, friendship, education, honor, and aspiration.
virtual conference logo

Nazarbayev University Library

The NU Library was established in 2010 to support the research and information needs of the autonomous organization of Nazarbayev University. It contains close to 200,000 volumes including printed and electronic books, microfiches and DVD-ROMs mainly in English language. The library follows the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) Scheme for organizing its print collection. It also boasts a vast amount of more than 100 electronic databases catering to the needs of its academic and scientific community and is mostly available off campus. It is one of the advanced academic libraries in Central Asia and the first to offer and introduce 24/7 access to its readers after the expansion was opened in 2018. It regularly holds annual programs such as the Road Show, Information Literacy Race, Human Library, Week of Women, and many interesting activities that are in demand by the university community. The library also promotes reading among children of the university staff.

Association of Libraries of Higher Educational Institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Association was established as a legal entity in October 2012 in the City of Taraz. It is one of the young and promising associations. The aim is to unite university libraries as part of the professional community, capable of expressing and defending the interests of the library as a social institution in the face of state power and civil society, in the interests of effective cooperation, exchange of ideas and developing a joint approach to solving the problems of educational institutions through libraries. Today, the Association has about 60 member libraries.

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