Special Issue: Digital Library Education and Digital Literacy from a Post COVID-19 Perspective

Theme and Scope

Recent advances in computer technologies have made digital literacy a powerful tool for contemporary modern education, especially from the post-COVID-19 perspective. In response to the global pandemic scenario, educational institutions worldwide have temporarily closed with no time durations. This national wide closure of the educational institutions has adversely impacted millions of learners around the world. As a result, there is an unprecedented transition towards distance learning paradigms. In this context, digital libraries and digital literacy have an obvious role to play in traditional learning paradigms by offering teachers and learners a knowledge base in various forms of media.  During the time of pandemics, digital libraries greatly support young learners and students in difficulty with actual training and academic knowledge they need from a remote location. Support (Certified academic institutions), digital equipment (laptop, desktop, mobile phones, etc.), and the digital content (a digital platform to support teaching and learning process) are the three major components that form the key source of a digital library. Thus it promotes e-learning by providing knowledge access to individuals everywhere.

To the core, the COVID-19 pandemic persists in its global devastation. Consequently, numerous associated challenges may arise. One important challenge is to efficiently use recently developed tools and techniques to combat its effects against educational institutions. Digital library education enables greater opportunity for users to acquire and use the knowledge available in the form of digital information. It will not only alter the intellectual accomplishments of the universities; it is likely to restructure the global higher-education practices with enhanced knowledge and learning.

Further, it promotes digital literacy among the students by improving their ability to use information and communication technologies to inculcate their knowledge and wisdom. On the other side, the number of students is growing every year, and hence there is an essential need to accommodate different academic environments and alternative learning strategies. These instances are inevitable, especially from a post-COVID-19 perspective, as there is a potential risk of future pandemics outbreak. This special issue's ultimate objective is to promote the digital library and digital literacy among the students using internet and communication technologies. To facilitate further research on digital library education and digital literacy, this special issue welcomes interdisciplinary researchers from computer science and information technology to present novel and innovative solutions that make the scope of this special issue state-of-the-art with real time applications.

The thematic background for this special issue includes but are not confined to the following:

  • Trends and techniques to enhance user interface and experiences in digital library
  • Innovative methods of information retrieval in digital library
  • Effective ways of promoting digital literacy among students from a post COVID-19 perspective
  • Trends in virtual and augmented reality for digital library education
  • Advances in multimedia big data analytics for digital library education from Post COVID-19 perspective
  • Disruptive technologies to promote distance learning paradigms with digital library
  • Role of critical computational literacy in digital library education
  • Security and privacy concerns in digital learning environment
  • Challenges and opportunities of digital libraries in education from a post COVID-19 perspective
  • Artificial intelligence toolkits for virtual libraries
  • Role of cloud computing in remote access to E-resources


Instructions for Manuscripts

Each paper, written in English, the maximum words number in each paper should be below 8,000 words, including references and illustrations. More information can be found at http://jit.ndhu.edu.tw . Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at https://jit.ndhu.edu.tw/about/submissions#authorGuidelines .

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/internet-tech . When submitting papers, authors should specify that the manuscript is for Special Issue on “Digital Library Education and Digital Literacy from a Post COVID-19 Perspective”. The manuscript template can be found at https://jit.ndhu.edu.tw/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: June 7, 2021

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection/Revision: August 16, 2021

Revised Manuscript Due: November 19, 2021

Final Manuscript Due: January 22, 2022

Tentative Publication Date: the 2nd or 3rd quarter in 2022

Guest Editors:

Dr. Carlos Enrique Montenegro Marin (Lead Guest Editor)

District University Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia

E-mail: cemontenegrom@udistrital.edu.co

Dr. Xuyun Zhang

Department of Computing, Macquarie University, Australia

E-mail: xuyun.zhang@mq.edu.au

Dr. Nallappan Gunasekaran

Department of Mathematical Sciences, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

E-mail: nallappan.gunasekaran.b1@shibaura-it.ac.jp


Dr. Hassan Fouad Mohamed El-Sayed

Helwan University, Egypt 

E-mail: hassan_alsayed@h-eng.helwan.edu.eg