27th Polar Libraries Colloquy

Developing Polar Networks: Ideas & Possibilities for the Future

Lapland University Consortium Library hosted the 27th PLC in Rovaniemi, Finland, June 10-16, 2018. The Colloquy opened with an evening ice-breaker on Sunday the 10th and closed on Friday the 15th. Saturday the 16th was an optional post-conference excursion which several members attended.

The Polar Libraries Colloquy members would like to thank the conference planning committee for hosting a wonderful conference:

  • Susanna Parikka, Library Director
  • Liisa Hallikainen,  Information Specialist
  • Heidi Minkkinen, Information Specialist
  • Marjatta Puustinen, Head of the Library

For more information about this colloquy, please visit the PLC 2018 website at www.ulapland.fi/plc2018 or see the brochure.

The PLC Steering Committee and the Lapland University Consortium Library would also like to thank everyone who attended!

27th Polar Libraries Colloquy Presentations


  • García-Rosell, José-Carlos and Mikko Äijälä. Human-animal encounters in Arctic tourism.
  • Heinämäki, Leena and Thora Herrmann. The Sacred Arctic: Safeguarding the Sacred Natural Sites of Indigenous Peoples’ as their Cultural Heritage.
  • Hossain, Kamrul. Human and societal security in the Arctic.
  • Jokela, Timo. Sustainable Art with the Arctic. 
  • Koivurova, Tivo. Growing challenges in the Arctic: what can Finland as the chair of the Arctic Council do? 
  • Miettinen, Satu. Service design in the Arctic.


  • Aarrevaara, Timo and Susanna Parikka. Arctic Value for Society University Ranking – AVS.
  • Abrahamsson-Sipponen, Minna. Northern university library invests in library services for research.
  • Ager, Beverley. Opening up the archives of the British Antarctic Survey.
  • Biondo, Stefano. Story map: A new way to let talk your polar documentation!
  • Bouchard, Joë and Jill Boruff. Bringing researchers and resources together: the web portal of the Institut nordique du Québec.
  • Campbell, Sandy,  Maria Tan, and Andrea Quaiattini. Canadian Indigenous Children’s Books Through the Lense of Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Christoffersen, Shannon and Maribeth Murray. The Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability: An Emerging Polar Information Network.
  • Ekman, Mari. Archives and libraries of the people, by the people, for the people. How to open collections by crowdsourcing at the special library.
  • Forest, Scott. The University of the Arctic (UArctic).
  • Gardner-Clarke, Sonja, Sue Olmsted, Colleen Funkhouser, and Grace Troxel. Digitization of Selected Documents in The Antarctic Bibliography Microfiche Collection – A Collaborative Effort. (Poster)
  • Gray, Andrew. Bibliometrics for studying polar research.
  • Heikkilä, Markku. Arctic journalism.
  • Kaer, Kjell and  Ivar Stokkeland. Sealing materials: Arctic marine mammal products in 19th century European industries.
  • Kelil Ali, Abdurhman and Glennda Villaflor. Open Research Data and its Policies: Experiences from UiT The Arctic University of Norway. (Poster)
  • Kissel, Laura. Thinking Outside the (Hollinger) Box: Professional Writing for the Archives.
  • Koivula, Anne, and Paula Kassinen. Northern non-profit book publisher within the global network.
  • Longva, Leif and Stein Høydalsvik. Polar information sources – shining stars or black holes in the global Open Access network?
  • Lund, Peter. Making Scott Polar Research Institute theses available as open access. (Poster)
  • Lund, Peter. Where researchers at the Scott Polar Research Institute are publishing and the implications of the associated Article Processing Charges (APCs) incurred.
  • Parikka, Susanna and Liisa Hallikainen. Presentation of LUC Library and LUC Arctic Centre Library.
  • Piippola, Irene. Multilingualism and Diversity as a resource in the cultural field – Library work in the Sámi (language) literature field.
  • Puustinen, Marjatta. Research, Development and Innovations at Lapland University of Applied Sciences. (Poster)
  • Rollins, Stephen J. and Daria O. Carle. Alaska’s Discovery Portal: An Example of Sharing Polar Information.
  • Sommer, Shelly. Altmetrics: New tools for measuring the impact of polar publications on public discourse.