Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan,  JCDL 2020 Organizing Committee has
made the following changes:

• Delay the conference date to August 1-5, 2020, which is right after ACM
SIGIR 2020 (July 25-30, 2020)
• Move the conference site to Xi’an China, which is at the same site as ACM
SIGIR 2020
• Allow virtual attendance/presentation of papers
• Not enforce the "no show" policy

These changes allow JCDL 2020 and SIGIR 2020 to be two conferences that are
back to back. Therefore, it is possible for attendees to attend two
important and relevant conferences with just one trip. The Organizing
Committee of JCDL 2020 are working with that of SIGIR 2020 to explore
further collaboration between the two conferences.

JCDL 2020 continues to invite submissions to a newly created Practitioners

Practitioners Track Proposals

The practitioners track emphasizes innovation, insight, and vision in the
practice of digital libraries. It provides opportunities for libraries,
archives, museums, publishers, and digital content industry partners to
showcase their latest novel, speculative, and even provocative ideas,
practices, case studies, technologies, productions, strategies, datasets,
and/or designs related to digital library practices and services. Topics
include but are not limited to

• practice of emergency planning and response for libraries, archives, and
• digital repositories
• digital collections development and management
• metadata and discovery services
• open access and scholarly communication
• open educational resources
• teaching and learning support
• digital publishing
• big data and library cyberinfrastructure
• research data management, digital curation, and stewardship
• digital humanities
• digital preservation
• information service
• information/data literacy
• digital heritage/culture

Authors must label their submissions with at least one of the following
four streams. Submissions will be evaluated using criteria set forth in the
respective stream. There is no expectation that a submission must cover all
four streams.

1. “I have a dream”. Submissions to this stream should focus on the vision,
speculation, or prophetic prediction of trends on a) the future environment
and/or ecosystem for libraries, museums, archives and related industry and
b) how do we adapt and flourish. Proposals will be mainly evaluated on
vision, novelty, and potential impact. We particularly encourage high-risk
high-reward ideas, as long as the risks are clearly articulated and

2. “Told you so”. Submissions to this stream provide theoretical,
experimental, computational, synthetic, or empirical proof or myth rebuttal
related to popular and current digital library trends and practices.
Proposals are expected to be well-referenced and balanced, and also offer
nuance and clearly laid-out limitations. The evaluation will be focused on
the merits of the arguments, as well as their potential impacts on the

3. “We can do it”. Submission to this steam showcase exemplary projects,
products, or services that have already been launched. Proposals may be
further broken down into substreams such as a) “We did it first”, where
novelty and differentiation factors are highlighted; b) “We do it best”,
which focuses on the overall value gained by the patrons, communities, and
the society; or c) “We can do better”, which highlights critical
improvements. Proposals in this stream will be evaluated on the verifiable
benefits these projects bring.

4. “Together we’ll go far”. Submissions to this stream emphasize broad
collaborations, e.g., those beyond boundaries of departments, libraries,
institutions, academic disciplines, communities, regions, or even
countries. Authors should clearly articulate what, how, and why the
collaboration works and what values the collaboration brings to each

Proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact
information for the authors, and should not exceed 2 pages. As indicated in
the JCDL 2020 Call for Submissions, Practitioners Track submissions should
use the ACM Proceedings template ( and are to be
submitted in electronic format via the conference’s EasyChair submission
page (

Accepted proposals to the Practitioners Track will be included in the
conference proceedings and will be presented at the conference in visual
formats including but are not limited to posters, videos, or system and
production demonstrations. At least one author of each accepted proposal is
expected to give a one-minute presentation.

All questions concerning the practitioners track proposals should be
discussed with the track co-chairs prior to the submission deadline of
April 6, 2020. Notification of acceptance is April 27, 2020 . This year’s
practitioners track co-chairs are:

Zhiwu Xie, Virginia Tech Libraries, USA [log in to unmask]
Long Xiao, Peking University Library, China, China [log in to unmask]
Wei Liu, Shanghai Library, China [log in to unmask]