AI and Blockchain for Information and Library Sciences - Challenges and Possibilities


This Special Issue aims to showcase the latest works on “AI and Blockchain for Information and Library Sciences”. Nowadays, Artificial intelligence (AI) plays a critical role in all research fields (Shao et al., 2022). Six years ago ( 2016), Steven Bell warned in the Library Journal that, “It is still early in the development of artificial intelligence, but eventually it will change the work of librarians—or make it irrelevant. How likely is it that we will be replaced by bots in the future?” Although blockchain technology has been around for only 14 years (invented in 2008), it has already created a huge impact on society and raised broad interest in the academia (Alam et al., 2020; Shen et al., 2021). Drs. Sue Alman and Sandra Hirsh (2018) proposed that blockchain may be used in libraries “to build enhanced metadata systems and data centers, protect first sale rights, connect to a network of libraries/universities, support community-based collections, host digital peer-to-peer sharing, re-examine expectations for ways public libraries contribute to city service, and other possibilities”. AI and blockchain will surely create a tremendous impact for researchers and professionals in library and information sciences (LIS). The findings from the collection of studies in this Special Issue may inform LIS professionals regarding how they may deal with the challenges and possibilities provided by these new technologies. 

We welcome submissions of articles related to how AI or Blockchain is applied to information and library sciences or related areas. Empirical, conceptual, or theoretical papers are all encouraged. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. If you are not sure if your paper fits the scope of this Special Issue, feel free to send the draft or abstract of your work to the guest editors Dr. Sam Chu ([email protected]) and Ms. Maggie Su ([email protected]). 

Potential topics (but are not limited to): 

The following are just potential topics. Feel free to work on any topics that are in some way related to the field of LIS and the themes of Library Hi Tech. 


  • The role of AI in digital libraries and digital humanities 

  • NFT (non-fungible token) and blockchain technologies for digital libraries and digital humanities 

  • AI applications in libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural, government, and non-government organizations 

  • Data and social media analytics for libraries 

  • Intelligent libraries and AI: Impact on academic/school/special libraries 

  • Intelligence library resource recommendation and promotion 

  • Promoting AI ethics in libraries 

  • Smart libraries and AI 

  • Machine learning and deep learning for libraries 

  • Blockchain and libraries: trends and projections 

  • AI and automatic question generation for learning purposes 

  • AI to assist story writing and library instructions 

  • AI assessment of students’ learning outcome 

  • AI and gamified reading 

  • AI Chatbot-assisted information seeking and library services 

  • AI and language learning 

  • AI for learning and research support 

  • AI and financial information/literacy 


Important Deadlines: 

  • Submission of full papers - due: September 30, 2022 

  • Notification regarding submitted papers: December 31, 2022 

  • Issue Publication: March/April Issue 2023 

For further information, please get in touch with the guest editors for this Special Issue: 

Dr. Sam Chu, [email protected]  

Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong 

Chair of the International Organizing Committee 

ICAIB 2022: International Conference and Institute on AI and Blockchain (ICAIB 2022) for Information and Library Science 

Ms. Maggie Jiahong Su, [email protected] 

PhD Candidate at the University of Hong Kong 



Ajakaye, J. E. (2022). Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Libraries. ISI Global. 

Alam, S., Zardari, S. and Shamsi, J. (2022), “Comprehensive three-phase bibliometric assessment on the blockchain (2012–2020)”, Library Hi Tech, ahead-of-print.  

Bell, S. (2016). Promise and peril of AI for academic librarians. Library Journal. 

Berdik, D., Otoum, S., Schmidt, N., Porter, D. and Jararweh, Y. (2021), “A survey on blockchain for information systems management and security”, Information Processing & Management, Vol. 58 No. 1, 102397. 

Cruz-Jesus, F., Castelli, M., Oliveira, T., Mendes, R., Nunes, C., Sa-Velho, M. and Rosa-Louro, A. (2020), “Using artificial intelligence methods to assess academic achievement in public high schools of a European Union country”, Heliyon, Vol. 6 No. 6, e04081. 

Hirsh, S. and Alman, S. W. (2019). Blockchain (Library Futures Series, Book 3). ALA Neal-Schuman. 

Lacity, M. C. (2021), “Fake news, technology and ethics: Can AI and blockchains restore integrity?”, Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases, 2043886921999065. 

Ng, D. T. K. and Chu, S. K. W. (2021), “Motivating students to learn AI through social networking sites: a case study in Hong Kong”, Online Learning, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 195-208. 

Passonneau, R. J., McNamara, D., Muresan, S. and Perin, D. (2017), “Preface: special issue on multidisciplinary approaches to AI and education for reading and writing”, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 665-670. 

Sha, G. (2009). “AI-based chatterbots and spoken English teaching: a critical analysis,” Computer Assisted Language Learning, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 269-281. 

Shao, Z., Yuan, S., Wang, Y. and Xu, J. (2022), “Evolutions and trends of artificial intelligence (AI): research, output, influence and competition”, Library Hi Tech, Vol. 40 No. 3.  

Shen, C.-w., Chang, L.-c. and Su, T.-c. (2021), “Research development of Bitcoin: a network and concept linking analysis”, Library Hi Tech, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 488-505. 

Song, Y., Wei, K., Yang, S., Shu, F. and Qiu, J. (2020), “Analysis on the research progress of library and information science since the new century”, Library Hi Tech, ahead-of-print. 

Wheatley, A. and Hervieux, S. (2019), “Artificial intelligence in academic libraries: An environmental scan”, Information Services & Use, 39(4), pp. 347-356. 

Wijewickrema, M. (2022), “A bibliometric study on library and information science and information systems literature during 2010–2019”, Library Hi Tech, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. 


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Bios from Special issue editors: 

Dr. Sam Chu 

Dr. Chu is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He has obtained 2 PhDs in Education – one focusing on e-Learning from University College London, Institute of Education (2017) and another one focusing on Information and Library Science from HKU (2005). His areas of expertise include AI literacy, digital literacy, health literacy, gamified learning, 21st Century Skills, Social Media in Education, and Information and Library Science. He has involved in over 70 research projects with a total funding of US$ 10,214,144. He has published more than 400 articles and books, with over 110 of them appearing in international academic journals. Furthermore, Dr. Chu is the Co-Founder and Co-Editor for the journal Information and Learning Sciences. He is also a Member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel of the Research Grants Council of HK. He has received many awards including the Faculty Outstanding Researcher Award in 2013, Faculty’s Knowledge Exchange Award in 2016 and Excellent Health Promotion Project Award from Food and Health Bureau in 2017. In 2019, he received two awards from the Association of Information Science & Technology (a prominent international society in Information and Library Science) for his outstanding contributions to the Association - Chapter Member of the Year and Chapter Event of the Year. He is ranked among the top 1% of scholars in 2 research areas: Information & Library Sciences and Education (PLoS Biol 18(10), 2020, a study by Stanford University), and achieved an h-index of 40 over the years. He has been a Consultant for UNESCO Bangkok, Education Bureau, Oxford University Press, Pearson Education Asia, and was the ASIS&T Director of Chapter Assembly (2020-2021). He is also an Advisor for EdTech startups at HK Science and Technology Parks and the Founding Chairman of Academy 22 Education for All Foundation.  

Ms. Maggie Jiahong Su 

Maggie Su is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests focus on technology education, AI, and STEM in early childhood education. Her publication covers the areas of artificial intelligence and STEM. She has also served as a reviewer for Computers and Education: Artificial Intelligence, Education and Information Technologies, Early Child and Development Care, and Early Childhood Education Journal.