Call for Papers (Special Issue on FOLIO)

The International Journal of Librarianship (IJoL) is a double-blind peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on sharing and spreading new ideas and developments in the field of library and information science around the world. Published biannually, IJoL is open access and indexed and full text available in EBSCO and ProQuest databases; listed in Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ) and many other online directories. It is permanently preserved by Library of Congress and LOCKSS/PKP PLN system.

Now IJoL calls for original research papers, field reports, case studies, or any other kind of papers that relate to the new generation of library services platforms, especially FOLIO (the Future Of Library Is Open) which is “a collaboration of libraries, developers and vendors building an open source library services platform. It supports traditional resource management functionality and can be extended into other institutional areas.” ( The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Applications and implications of library services platforms in libraries
  • Artificial intelligence enabled services (smart services) by library services platforms
  • Best practices, use cases, and case studies of library services platforms in libraries
  • Business models of library services platforms in a cloud environment 
  • Design principles of library services platforms
  • Internationalization and localization of library services platforms
  • Challenges of implementing open source library services platforms
  • Linked Data in library services platforms
  • New developments and trends in library services platforms
  • System architectures of library services platforms
  • Sustainability of open source library services platforms
  • Future directions of open source library services platforms

This special issue is expected to be published in December 2021. Deadline for paper submission is September 15, 2021. For detailed submission information please visit:

Please send any questions or inquiries to Qing Zou at: or Keven Liu at:

Keven Liu, Editor

Qing Zou, Editor

International Journal of Librarianship Editorial Board