Today’s world remains Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA), since it is constantly changing. This year, the main objective of the conference is to foster discourses on how Libraries, Archives and Museums (LAMs) thrive in a VUCA environment as well as how they adapt to evolving demands of their communities as they strive toward sustainable development. To make this transition, LAMs must undertake a paradigm shift by advancing their capabilities, creating transformations in their communities and exploring new possibilities. 


The 9th Rizal Library International Conference—with the theme, “MindSHIFT: LAMs in a VUCA World”—will be held at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University, on October 11-13, 2023.

The pandemic we all experienced over the past two years was difficult, even traumatic, but even though we are now slowly getting used to our new normal, our world today remains Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA). 

This year, the main objective of #9thRLIC is to foster discourses on how we who work in Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs) can thrive in a VUCA environment by adapting to the evolving needs of our communities as we strive for sustainable development. To make this transition, our LAMs must undertake a paradigm shift by advancing capabilities, creating transformations, and exploring new possibilities.

We welcome papers on the following topics:

Advancing Capabilities: Digital Transformation, Information Literacy, Collection Development and Management, or Workplace 2.0

Creating Transformations: Leadership or Design Thinking

Exploring Possibilities: Sustainable Development, Industrial Revolution 5.0, or Open Access Movement

Paper proposals should include the following:

1.  Name/s of author/s

2.  Title

3.  Topic (i.e., Advancing Capabilities, Creating Transformations, or Exploring Possibilities)

4.  Extended Abstract (maximum of 400 words; should include Introduction, Purpose of Research,  

     Methodology, Findings and Conclusion)

5.  Curriculum vitae with photo (indicate achievements and/or publications within the last 5 years)

All proposals should be emailed to

Deadline for submission of proposals:  April 16, 2023


16 April 2023

Deadline for submission of proposals

03 May 2023

Notification of accepted proposals

05 July 2023

Submission of full papers

30 August 2023

Deadline for early bird registration

11-13 October 2023

Conference proper


The Rizal Library will host the 9th Rizal Library International Conference with the theme, “MindSHIFT: LAMs in a VUCA World” to be held on October 11-13, 2023 at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University.

Ateneo de Manila University

The Ateneo de Manila University is a private, research, basic and higher education institution founded and run by the Society of Jesus in Quezon City, Philippines
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Rizal Library

The Rizal Library is the main university library of the Ateneo de Manila University. 

Leong Hall Auditorium

The Leong Hall houses the Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Social Sciences. It has five floors and houses the faculty rooms for the different social science departments. It also has a 500-seat auditorium for lectures, symposiums and awarding ceremonies.

About RLIC

The history of the Rizal Library International Conference (RLIC) may be traced to 2002, after the resounding success of the International Seminar-Workshop on “E-Publishing Trends and Issues: Implications to Library Collection Development and Services,” which was sponsored by Rizal Library in cooperation with the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA). This seminar-workshop was a mandate of Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, then President of the Ateneo de Manila University, and was spearheaded by Mrs. Lourdes David, then Director of the Rizal Library. Consequently, she initiated the move to conduct another international conference for librarians and information professionals.

Thus, with the aim of providing a venue for exchanging information and ideas, as well as establishing linkages among colleagues in the profession, the first RLIC entitled “Library Management in the 21st Century” was conducted in March 2004. Since then, the RLIC has been held regularly every two years.