Digital Libraries in the Age of AI: Challenges and Opportunities

With the recent surge of generative AI models and their increasing impact on various industries, digital libraries too are experiencing a paradigm shift. As AI continues to revolutionize the way information is organized, accessed, and preserved, digital libraries must adapt and embrace these advancements to remain effective and relevant.

The annual Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) is the primary international event for the inter- and multi-disciplinary community of academics and practitioners in digital libraries coming from computer, library, information, and social sciences, and other related disciplines. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term digital libraries, including notions of managing, operating, developing, curating, evaluating, or utilizing collections of data/information/knowledge in various domains. JCDL’24 aims to explore the intersection of AI and digital libraries, delving into the challenges, opportunities, and ethical considerations that come with harnessing AI’s potential to enhance the digital library experience for both users and administrators. 


Topics of interest, as they relate to digital libraries, include, but are not limited to:

Users and Interactions

  • AI-supported user interfaces and accessibility in digital libraries
  • Collaborative and participatory information environments
  • Crowdsourcing and human computation
  • Human-information interaction
  • Information visualization
  • Social networks, virtual organizations and networked information
  • Social media, community building, and applications
  • User behavior and modeling
  • AI in digital libraries and information literacy

Search and Recommendation

  • AI / Machine learning / Data mining for DLs
  • Dataset retrieval
  • Information and knowledge systems
  • Information retrieval
  • Knowledge discovery
  • Natural language processing
  • Navigational and exploratory search
  • Personalization and contextualization

Digital Libraries in Practice

  • Digital archiving and preservation
  • Digital humanities and heritage
  • Knowledge organization systems in practice
  • Personal digital information management
  • Scientific data management
  • AI applications for digital preservation and archiving
  • Performance evaluation
  • AI-driven analytics and insights for digital library management
  • Policy and law
  • Privacy and intellectual property
  • Ethical considerations and social implications of AI in digital libraries

Content and Structures

  • Data curation and stewardship
  • Document genres
  • Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
  • Infrastructure and service design
  • Linked data and its applications
  • Research data management
  • Web and network science
  • AI-powered metadata generation and data curation

Paper Types and Formats

JCDL 2024 offers two paper submission deadlines: Submissions for research papers (long or short) are due on July 12, 2024. The deadline for late-breaking results and datasets is July 26, 2024. The submission formats are outlined below.

Research Papers (deadline: July 12, 2024)

Authors may choose between two formats:

  • Full papers have at most 10 pages and report on mature work, or efforts that have reached an important milestone. They will get presentation slots of 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Short papers have at most 4 pages and highlight efforts that might be in an early stage, but are important for the community to be made aware of; they can also present theories or systems that can be described concisely in the limited space. Short papers will get presentation slots of 10 to 15 minutes.

Late Breaking Results and Datasets (deadline: July 26, 2024)

This comprises submissions falling into the following categories:

  • Late breaking results present new insights or information about research that was completed after the research paper submission deadline.
  • Dataset submissions are a new category that allow description of relevant research datasets. These need to be either fully publicly available or have to contain a publicly available subset.

Late Breaking Results and Dataset submissions should be 2-4 pages and will be allotted a 5 minutes presentation slot at the conference.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original works, not previously published or under review for publication elsewhere, in English, in PDF format, and in the current ACM two-column conference format. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from the ACM Website (use “sigconf” proceedings template for LaTeX and the Interim Template for Word, Complete papers are required; submissions consisting solely of an abstract or those that are otherwise incomplete will not be reviewed. For all formats, references do not count to the page limit. Submissions are to be made via

All submissions will be rigorously peer-reviewed in a double-blind reviewing process.

Submissions must be anonymous and all references to authors’ works have to be anonymized. We recommend using services like to anonymously share code or data. Anonymized works that are available as preprints (e.g., on arXiv or SSRN) may be submitted without citing them. Reviewers will be instructed not to actively look for such preprints, and finding such a preprint does not clash with our submission policies.

All accepted papers will be included in the proceedings and will be presented at the conference. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for, and present the work at the conference on-site in Hong Kong. In case of traveling restrictions (COVID related or otherwise), an exception may be made to allow authors to present the work remotely.

By submitting your article to an ACM Publication, you are hereby acknowledging that you and your co-authors are subject to all ACM Publications Policies, including ACM’s new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects. Alleged violations of this policy or any ACM Publications Policy will be investigated by ACM and may result in a full retraction of your paper, in addition to other potential penalties, as per ACM Publications Policy.

Please ensure that you and your co-authors obtain an ORCID ID, so you can complete the publishing process for your accepted paper.  ACM has been involved in ORCID from the start and we have recently made a commitment to collect ORCID IDs from all of our published authors. We are committed to improve author discoverability, ensure proper attribution and contribute to ongoing community efforts around name normalization; your ORCID ID will help in these efforts.

Calls for workshops and tutorials, posters and demos, and panels will be published separately.

Important Dates

All dates are Anywhere on Earth (AoE)

  • July 12, 2024 – Research paper submissions
  • July 26, 2024 – Late breaking results and datasets submissions
  • September 10, 2024 – Notification of acceptance
  • October 5, 2024 – Final camera-ready deadline for all submissions
  • December 16-20, 2024 – conference in Hong Kong S.A.R., China


Program Chairs:

  • Xiao Hu, <>, The University of Hong Kong
  • Terry Nurmikko-Fuller, <>, Australian National University
  • Jian Wu, <>, Old Dominion University

For any questions about paper submissions you may contact the program chairs by email to