International Conference of University Librarians Association – ICULA 2021

“Scholarly publishing and open access for the enhancement of research visibility”

University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka held its annual International Conference virtually, on 22nd September 2021. The theme of the conference was “Scholarly publishing and open access for the enhancement of research visibility”. The objective of the conference was to provide a platform for intellectuals in the field of Library & Information Sciences to debate, discuss, and share knowledge on current trends, issues and solutions related to scholarly publishing and open access for the enhancement of research visibility.

The Conference Chair Dr. Chammika Mallawaarachchi, President University Librarians Association emphasized that university libraries contribute a lot to boost research productivity of individual researchers, institutions and of the entire nation as a whole. Scholarly publishing is a means of exchanging research information among scientific communities. The world trend today is to open up the contents of scholarly publications with the aim of supporting researchers in accessing relevant and quality information free of charge. Open Access offers many advantages not only to researchers but also to institutions, especially in enhancing the visibility of research, thus it helps to yield greater impacts.

Major General Milinda Peiris, the Vice-Chancellor of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, and he emphasized on the role of university librarians as efficient facilitators for research by providing easy access for university communities to scientific data and research outcomes in the world. Mrs. Barbara Lison, President of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Mr. Jeevan Thiagarajah, Chairman, Centre for Humanitarian Affairs, and Dr. (Mrs.) Pradeepa Wijetunge, Director, National Institute for Library & Information Science, University of Colombo delivered keynote addresses.